Holvey trounces UFCW recall effort

UFCW Local 555’s campaign to recall Eugene state representative Paul Holvey was overwhelmingly rejected by House District 8 voters Oct. 3, with 89.97% voting to keep Holvey, 12,060 to 1,345.

Local 555 blamed Holvey for the failure of its bill to require cannabis retailers to sign labor peace agreements in which a union would waive workers’ right to strike in return for employers giving them a chance to pitch workers on joining.

Local 555 spent about $344,000 on the recall campaign, according to state campaign finance records.

Holvey has long been considered a close ally of labor in the legislature, and Local 555 was alone among unions in seeking his recall. At least 14 other unions endorsed Holvey’s effort to beat the recall.

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