Weekly Update: Remember the Dead, Fight for the Living
Workers Memorial Day
Each year, we gather to commemorate the hardworking Oregonians who died on the job and to renew our promise to creating safer workplaces. The Occupational Safety and Health Act, passed by Congress four decades ago, promises the right to a safe workplace – and although some industries are inherently dangerous, we can always do more to protect Oregonians on the job. That’s why it’s up to us to make sure that there are protocols ensuring our safety, and that we are working safe – and that’s why we speak up when our sisters and brothers encounter dangerous working conditions.
As the economy recovers and Oregonians are eager to get back on the job, it is especially important that we are creating not only family-wage jobs but also safe jobs. Each year, we hope that the list of workers fallen grows shorter. We fight for safety, for the freedom to join a union and for the rights and betterment of all who work to earn their living.
Workers Memorial Day falls on Saturday this year, but the Oregon AFL-CIO will hold an observance on Thursday, April 26th. Click here for more information about the Oregon AFL-CIO’s observance.
In Other News...
Support OSU Graduate Employees!
Oregon State University Graduate Employees are working hard to form a union. A strong majority of workers have already signed cards asking to join AFT-Oregon Local 6069 – Coalition of Graduate Employees.
The campaign needs your help: OSU President Ed Ray will not agree to recognize the strong desire of nearly 800 graduate workers who have voted to form a union. Click here to sign a petition and help these workers join Oregon’s union movement.
In other University news, workers at the University of Oregon, a majority of whom signed cards to form a union, have had their efforts recognized by the University of Oregon and hope to have an official union soon. We’ll have more information on their process in the coming weeks!
March Against the War on Women – National Protest
Stand together with union members, activists and members of your community on Saturday as we march against the war on women as part of a national day of protest. Conservative politicians have escalated their attacks on women’s rights and fighting back requires all of our voices. Don’t be fooled – the attacks on women are real, and they are a real part of a conservative agenda that attacks all working people. This fight is part of our fight.
The rally will begin at 10:00am on the steps of the State Capitol in Salem. It’s going to be an exciting day – full of speeches from labor leaders, civil rights activists, community organizers and elected officials along with live music. Transportation will be available from the Portland Metro area, please click here for all of the details.