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OR Legislature Makes it Easier for Workers to Go Union

June 14, 2007


Salem, OR - Oregon workers may soon find it easier to form a union. A bill that gives workers the right to opt out of an employer controlled election and instead get a majority of workers to sign forms is on the way to the Governor. Comments from Oregon AFL-CIO president Tom Chamberlain.


It's getting a lot easier for Oregon workers to form unions. The state Senate approved a bill this week (HB 2891) that allows public sector employees to start a union when a majority of workers sign forms saying they want to join. Tom Chamberlain with the Oregon AFL-CIO says this will change the current election process, which is controlled by employers.


"It can be manipulated by the employer, and what majority sign up does is put the process back in the hands of the worker. It's their right to make the decision whether to join a union or not, not the employers."

The bill has already been approved by the House and Governor Kulongoski says he will sign the bill.


Tom Chamberlain with the Oregon AFL-CIO says this will help level the playing field between workers and employers.


"It's a freer, more open process than we currently have, and it puts the decision to join a union back to where it belongs and that's in the hands of the worker."

It's getting a lot easier for Oregon workers to form unions. Dondrea Warner reports.


...will sign it.

Chamberlain and the Oregon AFL-CIO are at 503-585-6320.


Dondrea Warner/Chris Thomas, Public News Service - OR