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July 24, 2014
Keep Oregon Working
Posted On: Sep 03, 2013

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With anti-worker ballot measures on the horizon, it’s time to make sure we’ve got a deep bench of activists and volunteers ready to hit the streets.  Click here to sign up!
The Fight to Keep Oregon Working
More and more corporations are grabbing record profits by cutting wages, benefits, and hours. Now, these same people are pushing Bill Sizemore’s ideas to the 2014 ballot to further threaten working people and middle-class families.

These ballot measures would stop workers from joining together to protect our jobs and our communities. They would limit the ability of public safety workers such as nurses and firefighters to negotiate for better staffing levels, modern equipment, and safer working conditions—threatening the safety of the very people we count on in emergencies.
On Labor Day, we’ll be taking part in the launch of a campaign to fight these destructive ballot measures. The stakes couldn’t be higher. The deck is stacked against the middle class, and we are at a breaking point.  Corporate CEOs and out-of-state billionaires are funding these measures to advance their own agenda. They’re pushing ballot measures here to stop workers from joining together to protect our jobs and our communities.

We need to say NO to ballot measures that undermine everyone’s wages, benefits, and safe working conditions. We are under attack because without us, the standards will be lowered for all of Oregon’s working people and middle-class families.

We need the ability for workers to come together now more than ever to protect our wages and benefits and fight for working people. Join us as we stand up for Oregon's middle class and against the agenda of these large corporate interests. 
See this week’s Take Action to sign up and join the fight.
In Other News...
Are CEOs Earning Their Keep?
It’s not news that CEOs make boatloads of money compared to their employees, and that their corporations justify the expense by the “added value” that CEOs bring. Apparently, that "value" isn't working out too value for some corporations.

A new video and report from the Institute for Policy Studies explains why and exposes executive excess.  
Labor Day Picnics
Don’t miss out on the Labor Day picnic in your part of the state. Here’s the list of picnics happening on Monday, September 2nd:
Astoria/North Coast – Oregon Strong Voice Labor Day Picnic at Cullaby Lake County Park North Shelter – 12:00p.m. Sponsored by Oregon Strong Voice North Coast. Contact Ric Vrana at (503-267-4290) or click here for all the details. Hot dogs and hamburgers provided, please bring a side dish to share. Parking is $3.
Bend — Solidarity Day Picnic at Pioneer Park in Bend. 12:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Sponsored by the Central Oregon Central Labor Council. Contact Linda Bradetich at 541-350-0965 or Steve Williamsen at 541-678-0235 for more information.
Eugene/Springfield — John Lively Picnic Shelters, behind SPLASH at 6100 Thurston Road in Springfield. Noon – 4 p.m. Please bring a side dish. SPLASH will be open for families that wish to swim. Sponsored by the Lane County Central Labor Council and Eugene-Springfield Solidarity Network. Contact ESSN at for more information.
Medford — TouVelle State Park, 8425 Table Rock Road, Central Point. The fun begins at 11 a.m. with speakers. Lunch will be served from noon to 2 p.m., followed by music by Broadway Phil & Shouters and Patrick Tovatt. Donations accepted, and there is a $5 charge for parking. Tables are limited, so bring your own chairs. Sponsored by the Southern Oregon Central Labor Council. Call Kathy McUne at 541-664-0804 for more information.
North Bend
— Ferry Road Park in North Bend. Noon – 2 p.m. Sponsored by the Southwestern Oregon Central Labor Council. Free barbecue, but asking for donation of non-perishable food items for the needy. For more information, contact Robert Westerman at 541-756-3907 or by email at ibew932@, or Megan Rivas at 541-756-0579, ext 6311, or email at
Portland — Oaks Amusement Park in Southeast Portland. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., with a program at 1 p.m., featuring U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley. Food scrip sells for 50 cents. A hamburger with chips is 3 scrip; a hot dog with chips is 2 scrip; chili is 1 scrip and beer is 4 scrip. Deluxe ride bracelets are $9. All are welcome to attend, whether your union is reserving a spot or not. Sponsored by the Northwest Oregon Labor Council. Call 503-235-9444 for more information.
The Oregon Pacific Railroad Shuttle Train will transport people ($3 per person roundtrip) to and from Oaks Park from 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Parking will be available at the Portland Opera, 211 SE Caruthers St., and in the vicinity of SE Ivon and 4th St.
Salem — Riverfront Park in Salem. 11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Sponsored by Marion-Polk-Yamhill Central Labor Council. Cost: two food items per person or donation to the food bank. For more information and/or to RSVP, call Judy by Aug. 20 at 503-362-7057 or e-mail her at
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