Final versions will be distributed at the meeting. Please also note that Nominations for Oregon AFSCME Convention Delegates will be accepted in January and voted on in February. Nominations and Elections for Trustee #1 will also be held.
This is a registration for head count and meal count purposes for the Saturday, January 28, 2017 Conference. The Conference will convene at 9:00AM and conclude at 1:00PM at the Oregon AFL-CIO at 3645 SE 32nd Ave, Portland, OR 97202.
Due to the high possibility of inclement weather during the bargaining conference tomorrow, we’ve decided that it would be prudent to postpone the meeting scheduled for tomorrow, January 7th. While we really don’t like postponing such an important meeting, our concern is for your safety and to hold this event on a date that encourages the maximum number of people to attend. We apologize for any inconvenience this postponement may cause you.
We have tentatively rescheduled for Saturday, 1/28 from 9AM to 1PM.
At the November General Membership meeting, AFSCME Local 88 voted to close all accounts and investments with any banks that support of fund the Dakota Access Pipeline by February 28, 2017.
The concerns with the pipeline and the ultimate decision to divest from banks supporting are multi-faceted. Local 88 is greatly concerned by the violations of the Standing Rock Sioux sovereignty, cultural heritage, water source, and protesters rights. Furthermore, the potential environmental impacts on the community and the global climate as a whole also were major factors in pursuing divestment.
The decision around divestment came before last week’s news of the Army Corp of Engineers announcing it would not grant an easement to the pipeline. However, the Local still feel that it is important to continue to support protest efforts through divestment, as the investors and Energy Transfer Partners will surely continue their attempts to complete the pipeline project. We’ve been working on a formal press release, but we thought it was important to communicate to our members as we work through details.