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Weekly Update: Wisconsin Wins
What can Oregon’s union movement learn from the recall efforts in Wisconsin?
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Working Families Win in Wisconsin
Union members, activists and an army of volunteers showed the country what democracy looks like yesterday in Wisconsin. Two Republican state senators who backed Governor Scott Walker’s attack on public employees, Randy Hopper and Dan Kapanke, were successfully recalled from office. This narrows the Republican majority in the Wisconsin State Senate to one vote.
In Other News...
Jeld-Wen Makes A Deal, Leaves Workers Hurting
Oregon’s largest privately held company, Klamath Falls based Jeld-Wen, has made a deal with Canadian investment firm Onex Corp. which leaves Oregon workers in the dust. By handing majority stock ownership to Onex, the employees of Jeld-Wen are leaving decisions about their livelihood to a foreign company that doesn’t know them, doesn’t know Klamath Falls, and doesn’t have a reason to care. History shows that the further removed ownership is from workers, the worse off they fare.
Verizon Workers Strike
On Sunday at midnight 45,000 Verizon employees represented by CWA and IBEW went on strike. Verizon has demanded that their workforce take $1 billion in concessions, equaling $20,000 for every family employed. These concessions come after the company netted $19 billion in record profits during the past four years.
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