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Weekly Update: Super Jobs? Or Super Flop?

Take Action

 In Portland?

Dosha Salon Workers are newly-organized and fighting for their first contract.  Show your support for their work. 

We're scheduling appointments for August 30th, and will show up wearing our union t-shirts.  Call Patty at 503-701-4573 for details.

In the Bend area?

Come to tomorrow night's town hall to discuss how federal policies affect our economy in Central Oregon. 

We'll be at Wille Hall on the Central Oregon Community College Campus, 2600 NW College Way.  Doors open at 5:30, town hall starts at 6.

Super Jobs?  We Hope So

The Joint Select Committee that will be deciding how to make more cuts in federal spending, or the Super Committee, as some are calling it, must put jobs first.  Over $4 trillion of the federal deficit over the next ten years will be due to the recession - and the only way to reverse that trend is recovery.  We've seen the start of a double dip recession caused in part because we haven't had a strong enough recovery in employment.  Any solution to the deficit problem must tackle the jobs problem.

A group of 23 Senators have joined together already to call on members of the Super Committee to put jobs first, among them Senator Merkley.

We want to commend Senator Merkley and his colleagues on their work to create good jobs, and echo their call for all members of the Super Committee to take up job creation as part of a comprehensive deficit solution.

In Other News...

Verizon Workers Need Our Support

CWA and IBEW members who work for Verizon providing traditional phone services are out on strike, and they need your help.  Across the country union members and community allies are standing in solidarity with Verizon workers by holding informational pickets at Verizon's cellular stores.  Shifts are still available!

You can also show your support by rallying next Thursday, August 25th, at 5pm, at the downtown Portland Verizon store.  More information will be up on our website soon - www.oraflcio.org.

Benefit Bowling to Help an Injured Worker

IATSE is hosting a benefit afternoon with bowling and a raffle to raise funds for a fellow IATSE member who is injured and unable to work.

Grab your lucky ball, bring some extra cash for raffle tickets (IATSE has a history of getting some great prizes together) and meet us at SE 30th and Powell in Portland on Saturday, August 21st from 2-6pm.  More information is available at http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=157488347663081.

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