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PNS Daily Newscast - June 23, 2021 

A diverse group of supporters is speaking up for Tracy Stone-Manning to be director of the Bureau of Land Management; GOP sinks key voting rights measure.

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Senate Republicans block a sweeping voting-rights bill; pandemic continues to take a toll on mental health; White House says U.S. will miss its July 4 target for 70% adult vaccination; Supreme Court rules against NCAA.

Oregon Call for More Protections from Employer Intimidation

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 By Dondrea Warner/Eric Mack, Contact
March 15, 2007

Mandatory meetings, bathroom breaks taken away and thinly veiled threats of being fired-those are some of the stories workers from across Oregon brought to lawmakers on Wednesday. They say that's what happened when they tried to form unions. A House committee is considering three bills to give workers more protections. Bill Groesz, who works for Bend Area Rapid Transit, testified.

"We hardly have any rights when we try to start a union. But they have all the rights in the world to make it hard for you."

Opponents say the reforms are unnecessary and could force people to join unions when they don't want to. Groesz says fear makes the unionizing process very difficult.

"Obviously you get to worrying a little bit about your livelihood, your income...and for some folks that's a pretty big thing."

The bills are HB 2891, 2892 and 2893.

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