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News of the Week 9/21-9/28

News of the Week September 21st-28th Opponents say big stores violated campaign law in grocery tax fight The Portland Tribune There have been several reports of grocery store employers directing their employees to wear buttons, pass out magnets and other literature, or in other ways support Measure 103. Employers using “undue influence” to influence employees political activity is a violation … Read more »

Unity Negotiations: the fourth meeting

Our collective demonstrations of unity and our focus on working together is beginning to become apparent to the employers. We exchanged multiple proposals and counter-proposals during this two-day period. However, we were displeased to receive a counter-proposal suggesting that any dispute regarding reasonableness of a vacation denial must be submitted in writing within 14 calendar days and that HR/Labor Relations … 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 »

Unity Negotiations: the third meeting

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This was the third meeting with employers and they offered very minor modifications. They’re still pushing to take away seniority rights, earned vacation rights, and to make it possible for courtesy clerks to check. They brought nothing new to the table that would resolve our primary issue: being able to afford to live in our communities. The next scheduled negotiation … 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 »