Postal Heritage Day is July 26th. Below is a flyer that describes the event. The event begins at 5:30 p.m. at the Main Post Office located at SW Hoyt and Broadway in Portland. Speakers include Senators Wyden and Merkley and Representatives Blumenauer and Bonamici.
With unions facing unrelenting attacks from conservatives, I encourage all to participate in these events when possible. Also a reminder to you all that on Labor Day at Oaks Park there is an annual labor union event that we all need to support. We are planning to have a DPCC table at the Labor Day event to show our support.
The DPO is hosting a program to increase awareness on the history and basics of the Labor Movement and union structure for all who want to more fully understand how and why unions are important to us all. Additional topics will include:
- BOLI Commissioner’s Job
- Labor Candidate School
- Diversity and Equity
When: Saturday, April 7, 9am – 1pm
Where: IBEW 48
15937 NE Airport Way
Portland, OR 97230
For details of the program, see the poster here.
Dr. King was assassinated in Memphis, TN, the day prior to a planned march through downtown in support of Memphis public employees who were seeking to create a union. He understood that civil rights and union rights were both required to have human rights.
The march proceeded when Coretta King arrived to take her husband’s place. The Memphis public employees marched through the streets with signs that read, “I AM A MAN.” These signs conveyed the thought that these workers were not being treated as human beings and that by birth they were entitled to be treated with dignity and respect. Continue reading
Ken Allen, long-time executive director of AFSCME Council 75 in Oregon, sees Oregon union membership starting to swing upward again. The message bears repeating.
Clackamas County has a good archetype of opposites on the fall ballot. Democrat Scott Mills, a long-time trade union member and Aurora city councilor, is challenging Republican Vic Gilliam in House District 18; it stretches from just outside Canby all the way into southern Marion County. Rep. Gilliam brings a big wallet to the race, tending to reflect his political philosophy of more for the rich and less for everybody else. Mills, chair of the local painter’s union, is gaining confidence, despite a strong Republican edge in voter registration. Forty percent of the district is in Clackamas County.
Among the many ballot measures Oregonians will probably be facing in the fall is one promoted by business interests which, in effect, could play a big role in killing unions here. The right wing has similar measures going in 16 other states with alarming amounts of success. Clackamas Democrats meeting Thursday at the Operating Engineers union hall in Gladstone will learn more about this pernicious attack on the rights of working folks.
Liz McCann of Keep Oregon Working will be the featured speaker. The 7 p.m. meeting at 555 E. First St. is open to all Democrats. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.