March 21, 2008 Volume 109 Number 6

Oregon AFSCME backs Obama

Oregon AFSCME Council 75 endorsed Barack Obama for president at its March 15 Executive Board meeting in Portland. The vote was 60 to 4.

The political action in Oregon breaks ranks with the internatUional union, which endorsed Hillary Clinton.

“Council 75 took action prior to the upcoming Oregon primary because Obama has a history of standing up and fighting for working people,” said Oregon AFSCME Executive Director Ken Allen. “In Illinois, Sen. Obama fought alongside AFSCME to keep vital public services open, including mental hospitals and prisons. He also worked to help organize thousands of workers at Resurrection Hospital, and supported card check recognition for other workers seeking to unionize in their workplace.”

Illinois AFSCME also has endorsed Obama. 

Allen said AFSCME plans to mail to its members and participate in other get-out-the-vote activities on behalf of Obama and other endorsed candidates in statewide and local races.


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