Never Forget

Oregon AFL-CIO Weekly Update: Never Forget
September 11, 2019

Never Forget

Today, Americans reflect on the horrific terrorist attacks we witnessed 18 years ago. As we remember all those who were killed, we also honor the heroic first responders who gave their lives to save the innocent—and the many more who continue to suffer health effects nearly two decades later. Since 9/11, 200 New York City Firefighters have died as a result of 9/11-related illnesses.

In Oregon, firefighters are holding memorials across the state today. Click here to watch IAFF Local 43, Portland Firefighters Association memorial service.

IAFF General President Harold Schaitberger spoke of the significance of today for IAFF members:

“Our members’ response on that horrific day is the hallmark of our profession’s bravery and dedication. Never before had we faced such an extraordinary and terrible loss, and we have spent every day since then working hard to make sure our members are prepared and have the tools necessary to do this dangerous job.”

UFCW Cancels Kroger Contracts

After fifteen months of tense negotiations where employers’ continually refused to provide reasonable proposals, United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Local 555 cancelled contract extensions for departments across Oregon and SW Washington at the end of August.

In response, Fred Meyer chose to intimidate, threaten, and demean their employees (many of whom have given this company their life’s work) by misrepresenting Union intentions and attempting to coerce workers into taking drastic measures.   In addition, Fred Meyer immediately began “SEEKING REPLACEMENT WORKERS” at a pay rate of $15 an hour, more than many current employees make, and significantly more than the employer has offered in bargaining.

"We recognize that Fred Meyer must make a profit in order to operate successfully, but it simply cannot continue to be done at the detriment of their employees...and definitely not by paying women less. Profits derived from blatant inequity run counter to everything we stand for," said Dan Clay, UFCW Local 555 President. "It is not okay for the men who run Fred Meyer to make more by paying women less."

Concerned community members who have not yet weighed in to support workers are encouraged to sign a petition, click here to sign today.

Support Samaritan Nurses on Friday

Corvallis nurses are standing up to corporate executives at Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center. They are advocating to protect patient safety, keep health care affordable and ensure equal work means equal pay for everyone.

Show you care about the people who care for you by standing with Corvallis Nurses on Friday, Sept. 13 from 4-7 p.m. at the intersection of Highway 99 and Elks Drive in Corvallis, OR. Your support makes a difference! Come by for 15 minutes or stay the full time. Every minute matters!

Click here to spread the word and RSVP on Facebook.

PARKING AVAILABLE at Wilson Elementary School, 2701 NW Satinwood St., Corvallis, OR 97330. The Oregon Nurses Association will shuttle from the school to the picket location.