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President’s Corner: Deadlines

It’s a busy time of year with too many things for any of us to think about, so I’ll be brief, but I wanted to bring two deadlines to your attention. Health insurance OPEN ENROLLMENT. First, keep in mind that if you do nothing (purposefully or by accidentally missing the deadline), everything stays the same. If you want to make … Read more »

President’s Corner: Kaiser’s new contract: ratified!

Local 555 Kaiser members did an extraordinary job of standing together throughout this bargaining process, making it impossible for management to miss the message: we will do whatever it takes to get a fair contract. Our Local 555 Pharmacy and Imaging contracts were ratified on 10/12/2018. At that time, Local 555 also ratified the new national agreement, which was arrived … Read more »

President’s Corner: We’re Playing The Long Game

When we asked our Unity Negotiation Team members what was most unexpected about the bargaining process so far, there were two responses that recurred very frequently. One was surprise at the lack of interest that the employers showed in the lives of our members. Having this catch some folks unaware makes sense to me because we are all likely to … Read more »

From Your Local 555 Officials: ABC

Whether or not you have much of an interest in politics, chances are good that you’ve heard at least some murmurs about how active the upcoming November midterm elections are likely to be. With tempers running hot on both sides of the aisle—and with so much at stake—this may well turn out to be one of the very rare midterm … Read more »

President’s Corner: The Janus Decision Throws Down The Gauntlet

June 27th finally saw the long-awaited Supreme Court decision on Janus v. AFSCME. The decision was as expected: 5-4 in a blow against public sector unions. This decision essentially overturned the 1977 case (Abood v. Detroit Board of Education) which had been decided unanimously (9-0). Now, with the current court, the decision indicates that it is unconstitutional to allow public … Read more »

Secretary-Treasurer’s Note: Fair Work Week is Here!

Oregon’s Fair Scheduling law (otherwise known as the Fair Work Week law) is scheduled to go into effect July 1, 2018. It was written, fought for, passed, and signed into law so that we, as working Oregonians, will be better able to plan our working lives so that we can better live the rest of our lives. All but one … Read more »

Fighting for what’s right

Have you heard of The Poor People’s Campaign? To quote, the PPC is “a national call for moral revival, uniting tens of thousands of people across the country to challenge the evils of systemic racism, poverty, the war economy, ecological devastation, and the nation’s distorted morality.” This campaign is a revitalization of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s unfinished vision in … Read more »