Electrical workers want to unionize all staff
In a letter from the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local 89
, the Washington State based union claims to be assisting workers in the Oregon Legislature to unionize. The letter, authored by IBEW Local 89
Business Manager/Financial Secretary Matthew P. Carroll was addressed to the "members of the Oregon Legislative Administration Committee," and says:
The IBEW has been asked to assist workers in the Oregon Legislature in forming a Union to address their representational needs. We look forward to working with the Legislative Administration Committee to ensure your employees have a voice in the workplace they are so passionate about. The IBEW has a history of transcending politics and working with public entities in the collective bargaining process, producing agreements based on partnership and collaboration.
Local 89 is committed to a process that provides a path to representation for these workers, while respecting the laws and institutions of the State. We anticipate that the State will do likewise, respecting the rights of their employees.
House Republican Leader Christine Drazan said, "Our legislative employees are valued partners in service to our constituents and state. As these options are considered, we want to make sure that all workers are advised of their first amendment rights as required by the Janus
decision." In 2018 the US Supreme Court decided in Janus v. AFSCME
that public employees must be advised of their first amendment rights, and must knowingly waive those rights before union dues can be deducted.
It is not clear how the unionization will come about -- if there will be a vote of the workers, or if legislative leadership will simply designate IBEW Local 89 as the representative for the workers. Workers in the Legislature have many statutory protections. In 2017, the Oregon Legislature passed a pay equity law, HB 2005
, which prohibits discriminatory pay laws, effectively determining pay based on resume.
Carroll concludes the letter by saying, "I look forward to a long and fruitful relationship with the Oregon Legislature.
The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 280 PAC, an Oregon based political action committee has a history of making large donations exclusively to Democratic and left-leaning candidates and causes. It's not clear if their Washington-based sister union will follow the same pattern.
|Major donations from International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 280 PAC this year|
|11/10/2020||Oregonians to Maintain Community Standards (1579)||$2,430|
|10/21/2020||Jackie for Salem (19242)||$1,000|
|10/21/2020||Friends of Dan Rayfield (14046)||$1,000|
|10/21/2020||Elect Ashley Carson Cottingham (20526)||$1,000|
|10/21/2020||Jason for Bend (18661)||$1,000|
|10/21/2020||Megan for Bend (20694)||$1,000|
|10/21/2020||Broadman for Bend (20610)||$1,000|
|09/30/2020||Melanie For Bend (20331)||$1,000|
|09/30/2020||Friends of Val Hoyle (13967)||$1,000|
|09/02/2020||Friends of Dan Rayfield (14046)||$1,000|
|09/02/2020||IBEW Political/Legislative Dept Voluntary Fund (fed)||$5,000|
|08/19/2020||Jackie for Salem (19242)||$1,000|
|08/19/2020||Elect Ashley Carson Cottingham (20526)||$1,500|
|08/19/2020||Committee to Elect Shemia Fagan (14993)||$2,500|
|08/19/2020||Jason for Bend (18661)||$1,000|
|08/19/2020||Friends of Julie Fahey (17469)||$1,000|
|08/05/2020||Oregonians to Maintain Community Standards (1579)||$2,430|
|05/13/2020||Oregonians to Maintain Community Standards (1579)||$2,823|
|04/15/2020||Jackie for Salem (19242)||$1,000|
|03/26/2020||Yes for LCC Bond (20245)||$10,000|
|03/15/2020||Oregonians to Maintain Community Standards (1579)||$2,823|
|Post Date: 2020-11-16 09:29:20||Last Update: 2020-11-16 09:48:08|