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We're Not Backing Down On International Women's Day

Updated: Jul 8, 2022

Congressman Kurt Schrader released a statement over the weekend in which he stated his qualified intent to vote yes as a courtesy on the Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act this week.

While we appreciate the Congressman’s commitment to vote yes on the PRO Act when it comes up for a vote this week, we haven’t forgotten a host of previous votes that have shown that he is out of step with working Oregonians in his district.

Working Oregonians need more than a “courtesy vote” from their leaders on legislation aimed at making our economy work for us and not just the wealthy and well-connected. These actions and this frustration from working people has always been about so much more than just one vote. It’s been about a pattern of siding with Corporate America and wealthy special interests over the needs of everyday Oregonians.

We have not forgotten his votes against the American Rescue Plan last week, the vitally important COVID-19 relief and recovery package. We have not forgotten about his votes against raising the $7.25 federal minimum wage that disproportionately holds back women and workers of color, or his vote against this same bill, the PRO Act, just last year.

Since the start of the pandemic, women have lost 1.4 million more jobs than men with job loss rates even higher for women of color. Women need leaders who will stand up against Corporate America and who will boldly fight for policies that level the playing field. Accountability for our leaders is a year-round effort, and that is why we will proceed with actions at his offices today, International Women's Day, and continue to mobilize working people to ensure the needs of his constituents are prioritized.


Share: Oregon AFL-CIO President Graham Trainor and PCUN Executive Director Reyna Lopez published an article in the Portland Tribune about why we’re standing together to take action on Monday, can you share it on Facebook and Twitter?

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Call Congress: Dial 866-832-1560 to be connected with your member of Congress and ask them to pass the Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act (H.R. 842).

Show Up: We’re holding actions at Congressman Kurt Schrader’s district offices on Monday, March 8 at 12:15 pm.

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