Ballot Initiatives Update: What Union Households Should Know

By admin / On / In Local 88

The New 2014 Oregon Ballot
from the Oregon AFL-CIO

voteMonday’s news that two anti-worker ballot measures have been pulled, in exchange for workers’ rights advocates pulling a series of revenue raising measures, has left a lot of people asking where this leaves union members come the 2014 election.

There is still plenty of work to be done.

First, there is still one dues check-off attack that could be filed. We don’t expect to see it on the ballot, but we have to be ready in case proponents go back to the Secretary of State to get the measure approved for signature gathering.

Second, from what we’ve seen across the country the out-of-state groups that want to pass these anti-workers measures won’t stop at one defeat. We must make sure that we have pro-worker majorities in both the State House and State Senate – legislators who will say no to attacks on workers, no matter what their party affiliation is. That’s why our political staff are already looking at races where we’ll need union members to help elect pro-worker candidates.

Third, Oregon is lucky enough to have a Senator who’s led the way on reforming Washington. But Senator Merkley is up for election this year, and we know he’ll be at the top of the list when it comes to attacks by groups who want to keep Washington the way it is.

And finally, there are other measures on the ballot that are all about workers’ economic bottom line – like the opportunity for all workers to gain the federal benefits of marriage, and the ability of every Oregonian to safely and legally drive to work.

Our primary election calendar will be up on our new website soon, and we’ll make sure you know about all of the opportunities to get involved. Read President Chamberlain’s statement on the measures being withdrawn for more information on the process and next steps.