Weekly Update: Happy New Year!
Save America’s Postal Service!
Stand up for Saturday delivery, door-to-door delivery and community post offices.
Sunday, January 8th:
Rally at 2:00pm at Pioneer Square followed by a march to the downtown post office at SW Hoyt & Broadway.
For more information, please contact the National Association of Letter Carriers Branch 82 at 503-493-5903.
Crucial Columbia River Projects Highlighted in Metroscape Magazine
As it was put in a recent article in Metroscape Magazine, the Columbia River is our gateway to the world and a hub of Northwest commerce. 11 percent of all US corn exports are from ships via the Columbia, and the article points out that the river is home to the largest mineral bulk port on the West Coast as well as the third largest auto importer in the country. Between commuters and freight traffic, over 134,000 vehicles cross the river each day via Interstate 5, and that number will only increase in the coming years. But the area is more than just a shipping hub.
Metroscape’s article considers multiple projects that converge on Hayden Island, and the various interests our community has in the area. Click here to check it out, and to learn more about two projects that Labor is strongly supporting.
More about a future port terminal on West Hayden Island:
In Other News...
Indiana Prepares to Fight ‘Right to Work’ Legislation
The latest threat to the union movement has surfaced in the state of Indiana, as conservative politicians backed by the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) push forward with Right to Work (RTW, or Right to Work for Less) legislation.
In an article on the AFL-CIO NOW blog, Oregon Labor Education and Research Center Professor Gordon Lafer describes the unfounded claims of RTW’s backers:
“In Indiana and elsewhere, large sums of money have been devoted to backing RTW bills, with lobbyists claiming that RTW significantly improves both the number of jobs in a state and the wages people earn because companies that had avoided the state will flock there. The evidence shows that these claims are completely without scientific foundation.”
Read Professor Lafer’s full report about RTW here and read more about Indiana’s efforts to defend workers here.
The Race for CD1 Heats Up
The race between Suzanne Bonamici and Rob Cornilles to replace Representative David Wu in Oregon’s first Congressional District is heating up this week with ballots arriving late next week.
Oregon’s unions have endorsed Suzanne Bonamici for Congress because she’ll be the strong voice we need in Washington, D.C. If you live in the 1st Congressional District, click here to make sure you’re registered to vote, and get your ballot in by January 31st.
Anyone in the area should come to the labor canvass on January 16th, details TBA. If you’re interesting in canvassing on the 16th, or volunteering on another day, please contact Jess Giannettino: Jess@oraflcio.org.
Ben Unger for House District 29
This week we are continuing to highlight our early endorsed candidates for 2012 with Ben Unger, who is running for House District 29. He will face Katie Riley in a Primary Election this May, and the winner will run against Katie Eyre, the incumbent, in November.
Unger brings a lot to the table. He has built his career as an advocate for issues that matter to middle class Oregonians and hard working families. He ran a successful campaign in 2008 for Oregon’s Attorney General John Kroger and worked in the AG’s office, taking on multiple projects including passing a law that holds aggressive debt collectors accountable. Unger left the AG’s office and took on the fight to pass Measures 66 & 67, which preserved social services and school days in Oregon. Most recently, Unger worked on passing Portland’s school bonds last year.
Oregon AFL-CIO President Tom Chamberlain describes Unger as a candidate who is always “…looking for new ways to bring good jobs to our state and fighting for policies that support out-of-work families” – exactly what Oregon needs in 2012!