Results of union officer elections. Convention proceedings.
Delegates endorsed Oregon governor Kate Brown for another term, heard about attacks on union rights in other states, and passed resolutions on race, immigration, and women’s issues.
Members of the state’s largest private sector union favored the incumbents by a 3-to-1 margin.
Excerpts from the 2017 convention speech of Oregon AFL-CIO President Tom Chamberlain.
Building Trades union delegates also heard from Republicans Dennis Richardson and Greg Walden.
At the building trades’ convention, Operating Engineers were welcomed back to a round of applause.
Zack Culver won the vote for business manager Aug. 17 in the first completed union officer election of the statewide merged local.
All the incumbent officers were outpolled by challengers.
Local 11 represents workers at Northwest Natural, Clark County, City of Vancouver, and many union offices.
The 25,000-member union has fights ahead over budgets and a looming anti-union court case.
As another anti-union case heads to the U.S. Supreme Court, priority will be shoring up support from represented workers.