AFSCME Local 189 hosts Portland political reception

About 100 union members from the City of Portland turned out for a political reception March 30 at the Madeleine School in Northeast Portland. The event, which featured City Commissioners Randy Leonard and Jim Francesconi, and City Council candidate Nick Fish, was hosted by Local 189 of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees.

Also in the crowd were leaders of Fire Fighters Local 43, Plumbers and Fitters Local 290 and other unions that make up the District Council of Trade Unions at the City of Portland. “This is an opportunity for you to get to know some of these candidates better, and for one-on-one interaction,” said Portland Local 189 President James Hester. Leonard is seeking re-election to the Council, Francesconi is leaving his Council seat to run for mayor, and Fish is running for Francesconi’s open seat.

All three candidates have been endorsed by Local 189 and the DCTU. Leonard is a former state legislator and former president of Portland Fire Fighters Local 43. “You are the key endorsement in my campaign,” Leonard said of Local 189 and the DCTU. Francesconi is a former workers’ compensation attorney and Fish was a labor attorney in New York. Also attending the reception was Oregon Labor Commissioner Dan Gardner, a member of Electrical Workers Local 48.

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