The union that represents Oregon City public employees wants to retain Jim Nicita as a city commissioner.
Nicita is facing a recall effort spurred by his opposition to the proposed The Rivers mall in Oregon City.
“Jim Nicita has always been a champion for fair labor negotiations with our city’s workers, so of course we commend that,” said Jake Ashenberner, president of AFSCME Local 350-2, which represents 70 city employees.
“Jim has shown to be a person of integrity and a watchdog for the public’s interest — and the public’s money. Those are the two qualities we say we want in elected officials, so this is no time to throw the baby out with the bathwater over a single issue, despite emotions running high on both sides,” Ashenberner said.