University of Oregon Labor Center Targeted for Huge Cuts
In a disturbing anti-union move, the University of Oregon recently announced drastic cuts to the Labor Education and Research Center. LERC has been serving the Oregon Labor Movement for over 40 years, including co-sponsoring the Oregon AFL-CIO’s annual Summer School. While most UO departments are facing cuts of 2-3 percent, UO singled out LERC for a whopping 68 percent cut. Tell UO President Michael Schill that we won’t stand for this attack on the Oregon Labor Movement, and help spread the word to Save LERC. You can also download the Save LERC poster and show your support on social media using the hashtag #saveLERC. Be sure to connect with the campaign’s Facebook and Twitter accounts.
Community Fights Portland Mayor’s Park and Rec Proposal
Laborers Local 483 held a mock funeral last week over the City of Portland’s Parks and Recreation budget proposal by Mayor Ted Wheeler. The proposal includes millions of dollars of cuts for Parks and Recreation, as well as eliminating dozens of positions. The Portland City Council will vote on the budget next Wednesday, May 22. Commissioner Jo Ann Hardesty has introduced a budget amendment that will increase parks funding, among other changes. If you are able to attend the hearing, please wear green to show support for Parks and Recreation employees.
Just a few days after we celebrated the contributions of nurses to our communities and economy during National Nurses Week, nearly 200 nurses filed to form their union at Unity Center for Behavioral Health in Portland, a first for a Legacy Health hospital. Unity Center has had a number of safety problems and has been investigated by the Oregon Health Authority. Nurses, organizing with the Oregon Nurses Association, say the best way to make change is to have a voice in their work. “Nurses need a real voice at Unity to advocate for our patients and make sure everyone gets the care they need to heal," said Tracie Henry, a child and adolescent mental health nurse at Unity. The unionization effort continues a pattern of organizing in mental health in Portland, following Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare, Volunteers of America Oregon, and Outside In.
Student Success Act Passes After Decades of Work, Must Continue to Fight PERS Attacks
The Student Success Act passed the Oregon Senate along party lines on Monay. After a week-long walkout by 10 Senators, Senate leadership brokered a deal to bring them back to do the work of the Oregon Legislature on Monday allowing the Student Success Act, which will provide $1 billion more in funding to schools each year by taxing the wealthiest corporations in the state, to move forward. While this is a great achievement after decades of work to achieve real revenue reform, our Movement must continue to defend against current attacks on PERS that are aiming to scapegoat public employees and lower pay.
Don't Forget to VOTE: Election Ends May 21
Union members are running for office this election and they need your vote! Don't forget to turn in your ballot no later than 8:00PM on Tuesday, May 21 at a Drop Box, or mail it by Friday, May 18. Check out the Northwest Labor Press' Union Guide to the elections.
Here are some of the union members running for local office this year:
- David Salinas for Salem-Keizer School Board, IBEW member
- Heidi Edwards for Tualatin Hills Parks and Recreation Board, Oregon Labor Candidate School alumni and AFT member
- Jordan Ferris for West Linn Wilsonville School Board, Oregon Labor Candidate School alumni and ONA member
- Robert Satterwhite for Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue Board, IAFF member
Oregon AFL-CIO Position Opening: Workforce Labor Liaison:
Position Overview: The Oregon AFL-CIO and the Higher Education Coordinating Commission (HECC), Office of Workforce Investments seek to hire a full-time Workforce Labor Liaison to administer a Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) contract as a member of the State of Oregon Dislocated Worker Unit (DWU).
The Labor Liaison works with Oregon AFL-CIO affiliates, their members, non-affiliated workers, and state and local workforce development boards and partners to serve as the designated labor expert on Oregon’s Dislocated Worker Team, providing rapid response services and enhancing labor’s participation in workforce and economic development initiatives. This includes various strategies and programs, including services to dislocated workers, apprenticeships, incumbent workers and other programs that support union labor.
Start Date: July 1st, 2019 or as soon as possible thereafter. Email: Barbara Byrd at Barbara@oraflcio.org with a cover letter and resume if interested or if you have questions.