2011 Legislative Rankings
The Oregon AFL-CIO’s top priority leading into the 2011 Legislative Session was job creation legislation. While only a few direct job creation bills were passed, many bills that will make it easier to bring good jobs to Oregon and strengthen our economy for the future were successful. Those bills, as well as bills to extend unemployment insurance, protect workers' rights, and address other important workplace and economic issues, were evaluated in the Oregon AFL-CIO’s 2011 Legislative Rankings. As well as key bills from the Oregon AFL-CIO's agenda, rankings include votes on select bills the AFL-CIO supported on behalf of affiliated unions and on bills championed by partner organizations that were important to union members.
Many bills that were atop the agenda for middle class families in Oregon did not make it out of committee during the 2011 Legislative Session. Many more bills were introduced that would have stripped workers of key collective bargaining rights, but did not have the votes to pass out of committee. The rankings recognize that in a session where very few bills made it to the floor for a final vote accessibility, being open to compromises, and willingness to take a strong stand are also important.
These rankings follow the September announcement of the Oregon AFL-CIO 2011 Legislator of the Year at our Convention. Legislator of the Year Representative Val Hoyle was one of the top scoring legislators in our rankings – and outside of legislators who chaired key committees was the only legislator in either chamber to score over 90%. She considered the effect of every bill on working people in her district, and was a true champion for Oregon’s middle class.
The Oregon AFL-CIO thanks the elected officials across Oregon who regularly stand up for their constituents and for the middle class, and we look forward to a productive year ahead.
Legislators are listed in ranked order with Medalists noted.
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