For Your Information...May 10, 2019

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Around the State from the Oregon Employment Department

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Tentative Agenda for the NOLC Executive Board meeting

 NALC Food Drive / Saturday, May 11th

 The 27th annual National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) Stamp out Hunger Food Drive is set for this Saturday, May 11th. To make a donation, simply leave a bag of nonperishable food items by your mailbox on Saturday and your Letter Carrier will do the rest. All donations stay local.

 Be sure to leave a bag of nonperishable food items by your mailbox on Saturday, May 11th, and thank a union member for doing the rest!

 From the AFL-CIO / The Labor Wire

 AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka (UMWA) testified May 8th before the House Education and Labor Subcommittee on Health, Employment, Labor and Pensions, calling on lawmakers to strengthen the country’s badly outdated labor laws through the Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act.

 Trumka offered a simple argument. Working people want to join unions, and it’s past time to remove the legal obstacles standing in our way. Here are a few highlights from his testimony:

 “Our woefully outdated labor laws no longer serve as an effective means for working people to have our voices heard. The National Labor Relations Act’s stated purpose is to encourage collective bargaining, yet in the more than 80 years since its passage, every amendment to the law has made it harder for workers to form unions.”

“Imagine if, when running for office, your opponent could force the electorate to listen to speeches urging them to vote against you. Imagine your opponent had the power to punish these voters if they supported you. Imagine that Congress refused to recognize your rightful election. And then imagine that once you were finally seated, you were denied the basic rights and responsibilities that come with the office.”

“The PRO Act would do many important things. Chief among them: Provide more substantial relief for workers whose rights have been violated, ensure a process for reaching a first contract once a union is recognized and create a true deterrent, so employers think twice before violating the law.”

“Something is happening in America. Workers are embracing collective action with a fervor I haven’t seen in a very long time. It is time for our laws to catch up. It is time to make the PRO Act the law of the land.”

 Take Action

 May 6, 2019 • labor history

 In Solidarity,

  • Bob Tackett
  • Executive Secretary Treasurer
  • NW Oregon Labor Council, AFL-CIO
  • 9955 SE Washington St. #305
  • Portland, OR 97216
  • 503-235-9444 (office) 503-936-8625 (cell)
  • 503-233-8259 (fax)