Oregon AFL-CIO Weekly Update: It’s Time to Pay Women More
August 21, 2019
It’s Time to Pay Women More:
Fixing the Gap at Fred Meyer
It’s been a busy week of talking to customers and community members across the state about our campaign to fix the wage gap between women and men at Fred Meyer.
Last week, the Eugene Weekly ran a guest opinion from Eugene City Councilor and Oregon Nurses Association representative Claire Syrett:
“As a union member and supporter, I am proud to stand together with workers and advocates to call on Kroger and Fred Meyer to fix the gap between pay for male and female employees by changing this arcane scheduling policy. As a Eugene City Councilor, I take to heart issues of pay inequity that result in unnecessary hardship for our community. Equality and justice are core values that Eugene residents hold dear.”
Remembering Peter Neuman,
AFSCME Member & Benton County Employee
We are deeply saddened by the recent death of AFSCME Local 2064 member Peter Neuman. Peter was killed from an equipment malfunction at his workplace on the afternoon of Friday August 9th. Peter, a 59-year-old road maintenance worker had been a union member and Benton County employee since 2001. Investigators from Oregon OSHA are working to determine what led to the incident. However, AFSCME Local 2064 members let their supervisor know that they believed the equipment was unsafe and those concerns were ignored.
Stacy Chamberlain, Executive Director of Oregon AFSCME Council 75 responded to the tragic passing of Peter:
“It is with a heavy heart that I announce the passing of Peter Neuman. Peter was a family man, beloved community member, and a public servant for nearly two decades. On behalf of Oregon AFSCME, we extend our condolences to his family, friends, and community. Peter will be greatly missed. We expect the equipment our members are instructed to use to be operational and safe, anything less is unacceptable. This accident was preventable, and we are closely monitoring the investigation. I urge all of our members to not put their lives at risk and contact the Union if they feel any of the equipment they operate is unsafe. Workers that feel unsafe need protection from retaliation and local governments need stronger oversight before they contract out dangerous equipment.”
Oregon AFSCME is asking for donations to help Peter’s family through this difficult time. Please click here to donate.
We Need a New NAFTA
Did you know that full-time U.S. workers lose $2,000 annually because of bad trade deals like the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)?
After 25 years of NAFTA allowing corporations to undermine basic labor standards and outsource 1 million U.S. jobs, its proposed replacement does too little to change this disastrous course. The labor movement has made clear that more work needs to be done on the agreement to stem outsourcing and improve workers’ lives.
State of the Unions
A recent article in The New Yorker does a fantastic job of breaking down the history and reasons why workers win when we stand together:
“In a world where technology allows an employer to script and oversee every decision, workers will need to help one another if they want to defend their dignity. It’s not at all clear what the unions of the future will look like, but it may be that grander aspirations are necessary to achieve smaller ones.”