Oregon AFSCME members
interested in this year's Oregon Labor Candidate School (OLCS) have until July
27 to apply, according to Council 75 Political Coordinator Eva Rippeteau.
Rippeteau says the OLCS was
created by a coalition of Oregon unions to meet the growing need for labor
candidates in elected office.
"Across America, labor
unions are under attack at the federal, state and local level," says
Rippeteau. "Fundamental issues such as collective bargaining rights,
access to affordable and quality health care and retirement security are being
eroded by elected officials. Elected leaders, from the state legislature to
local boards, make important decisions that impact union members every day.
"AFSCME — along with
the AFL-CIO, SEIU, OEA, OSEA, AFT, ONA, the Building Trades and the
Firefighters — recognized the need to have more pro-labor candidates and
elected officials at all levels in our state," she continued. "So, if you have
ever thought about running for education service district or school boards,
county commission, city council or even the Oregon Legislature, this series of
trainings is for you!"
Rippeteau says that electing
labor champions not only benefits union members, it benefits all Oregonians.
"By electing working people
who know our communities, we increase support for pro-worker policies that
benefit everyone," said Rippeteau. "OLCS provides the support and resources for
our members to successfully run for office to sustain the values of middle
class working families in Oregon."
Members with questions are
encouraged to e-mail Rippeteau. Again, applications are due no later than July 27 and can be found
online at www.oregonlaborcandidateschool.com under that website's "Get Involved" tab.