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A Brighter Future is Ahead

In 2019, Oregon Labor took a stand.


Following the betrayal by lawmakers in the 2019 Oregon Legislative Session to cut retirement benefits for Oregon’s public workers, the Oregon AFL-CIO passed a resolution calling for no support or endorsement of any lawmaker who turned their back against working people by voting for Senate Bill 1049 and cutting hard-earned retirement benefits of public service workers. Many of the results of the 2020 Oregon Primary Election give Oregon’s Unions hope that workers in our state will see a brighter future in the years ahead.


Oregon AFL-CIO President Graham Trainor explained how Oregon Labor chose a select group of candidates to support during the Primary Election in a press release:

When Oregon’s unions endorse candidates for elected office, we look hard at records, backgrounds, and lived experiences because we are searching for champions for working people, not just lukewarm supporters. Our endorsements in this election are no exception, and last night’s results show us that a brighter future is ahead for Oregon’s workers. We are inspired to see the large majority of Labor-endorsed State Legislative and local candidates win their races last night. As Oregon’s economy begins to reopen and recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, we are going to need champions at every level of elected office to fight for a fair and more just economy, not just to get back to a pre-pandemic status quo. That economic system was leaving too many workers behind before our economy collapsed.

Here’s how the Oregon AFL-CIO’s endorsements fared in the 2020 Primary Election:


U.S. SENATE Senator Jeff Merkley ✔️


CONGRESS Congressman Earl Blumenauer, CD 3 ✔️ Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici, CD 1 ✔️ Congressman Peter DeFazio, CD-4 ✔️


OREGON SECRETARY OF STATE State Senator Shemia Fagan ✔️


OREGON STATE TREASURER Tobias Read ✔️


OREGON ATTORNEY GENERAL Ellen Rosenblum ✔️


STATE SENATE State Senator Kathleen Taylor, SD 21 (D) ✔️ Deb Patterson, SD 10 (D) ✔️ Kate Lieber, SD 14 (D) ✔️ State Representative Chris Gorsek, SD 25 (D) ✔️


STATE HOUSE State Representative Paul Evans, HD 20 (D) ✔️ State Representative Rachel Prusak, HD 37 (D) ✔️ WInsvey Campos, HD 28 (D) ✔️ Christina Stephenson, HD 33 (D) ❌ Dacia Grayber, HD 35 (D) ✔️ Laurie Wimmer, HD 36 (D) ❌ Khanh Pham, HD 46 (D) ✔️ Ricki Ruiz, HD 50 (D)✔️


CENTRAL LABOR CHAPTER & COUNCIL ENDORSEMENTS

NORTHWEST OREGON LABOR COUNCIL

CITY OF PORTLAND Ted Wheeler, Portland Mayor TOO CLOSE TO CALL, POTENTIAL RUNOFF Carmen Rubio, City Council, Position 1 ✔️


MULTNOMAH COUNTY Board of Commissioners: Sharon Meieran, Commissioner, District 1 ✔️ Jessica Vega Pederson, Commissioner, District 3 ✔️ Lori Stegmann, Commissioner, District 4 ✔️ Michael Schmidt, District Attorney ✔️ Rima Ghandour, Circuit Court Judge RUNOFF


METRO COUNCIL Bob Stacey, Councilor, District 6 ✔️


CLACKAMAS COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS JIM BERNARD, Chair ❌ MARTHA SCHRADER, Commissioner, Pos. 3 ✔️ KEN HUMBERSTON, Commissioner, Pos. 4 TOO CLOSE TO CALL


BEAVERTON CITY COUNCIL John Dugger, Councilor, Position 3 ❌ WASHINGTON COUNTY Nafisa Fai, Commissioner, District 1 RUNOFF


COLUMBIA COUNTY Margaret Magruder, Commissioner, Position 1 RUNOFF


CENTENNIAL SCHOOL DISTRICT SUPPORT MEASURE 26-208 BOND RENEWAL ✔️


PORTLAND TEN CENT PER GALLON GAS TAX SUPPORT MEASURE 26-209 BOND RENEWAL ✔️


CENTRAL OREGON CENTRAL LABOR CHAPTER

DESCHUTES COUNTY Phil Chang, Commissioner Position 2 ✔️


MARION-POLK-YAMHILL CENTRAL LABOR CHAPTER

MARION COUNTY Ashley Carson Cottingham, Commissioner Position 3 ✔️


CITY OF SALEM Vanessa Nordyke, City Council Ward 7 ✔️ Hollie Oakes-Miller, City Council Ward 5 ❌


LANE COUNTY CENTRAL LABOR CHAPTER

LANE COUNTY Andrew Ross, Commissioner Position 4 ✔️


CITY OF SPRINGFIELD Mike Eyster, Mayor ❌ Kori Rodley, City Council Ward 3 ✔️ Leonard Stoehr, City Council Ward 4 ✔️


CITY OF EUGENE Lucy Vinis, Mayor ✔️ Timothy Morris, City Council Ward 1 ❌ Matt Keating, City Council Ward 2 ✔️ Claire Syrett, City Council Ward 7 ✔️ Randy Groves, City Council Ward 8 ✔️


EUGENE WATER & ELECTRIC BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS Sonja Carlson, Wards 6 & 7 ✔️


LANE COMMUNITY COLLEGE COLLEGE BOND MEASURE 20-306 Vote YES ✔️

We will need to continue working together to make sure these champions for working people win their races during the General Election. Click here to sign up for our Activist List so that you’re ready to get out the vote in the Fall!


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