Tigard, Oregon – United Food and Commercial Workers Local 555 has announced the launch of a recall campaign against State Representative Paul Holvey (D – Eugene). As the largest private sector labor union in Oregon, UFCW 555 is committed to protecting the rights and interests of its members and the working class.
“Oregon workers are calling for the removal of Representative Holvey after his repeated attacks on their livelihoods,” stated Dan Clay, President of UFCW Local 555. “He has shown that his allegiance lies with large corporations, not with Oregonians. Voters in Holvey’s district deserve a representative who will prioritize their well-being, and they will have an opportunity to express their dissatisfaction with Holvey’s representation.”
The campaign highlights several key reasons for recalling Representative Holvey:
SLASHING WORKERS’ PENSIONS: He personally ensured the State House passed deep pension cuts, slashing hard-earned benefits for Oregon’s hardest working public employees like teachers and firefighters. (SB 1049-A, 2019 Session)
ABANDONING FRONT-LINE WORKERS: He used his short time as acting House Speaker to kill legislation that would have provided vital assistance to workers who had been on the front lines of the COVID crisis, claiming that the implementation would be too complex. (At a meeting on January 31, 2022)
DENYING WORKPLACE RIGHTS: Just this session he helped out scandal-plagued cannabis company La Mota by killing legislation supporting workplace rights for cannabis workers, just months after his caucus’ campaign fund was showered in La Mota’s cash contributions. Those same workers still face unsafe conditions, wage theft, and retaliation for attempting to unionize. (HB 3183, 2023 Session)
“Workers fighting to organize deserve fair treatment, safe working conditions, and a path to a strong contract. Representative Holvey’s actions don’t reflect the promises he made during his campaign. Unacceptably, he has instead undermined efforts to improve workplaces and protect workers’ rights.” – Miles Eshaia, Communications Lead for UFCW Local 555.