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Lobby Day 1 a success; Lobby Day 2 coming on April 9
Updated On: Apr 15, 2013
(Above) Participants in the union's first lobby day listen to instructions before heading across the State Street to the capitol. (Below) Members Fred Yungbluth, Diedre Mahoney-Clark and Derrick Williams talk PERS with Rep. Jeff Reardon (second from right).

The second session will focus on state government



Council 75 Political Department


Over 30 people representing 12 different Oregon AFSCME local unions participated in Council 75's first lobby day. The March 19 event targeted local government employees and issues; a similar event set for April 9 will target state employees and their issues.


Members came March 19 from Local 88 (Multnomah County), Local 189 (City of Portland), Local 350 (Clackamas County), Local 350-5 (City of Milwaukie), Local 697 (Columbia County Roads), Local 1442 (Columbia County Courthouse), Local 2067 (City of Salem), Local 2621 (City of Medford), Local 2746 (Clatsop County), Local 2909 (City of Albany), Local 2909-1 (Albany Transit District) and Local 2975 (City of Corvallis).


We also had a great presence of staff dedicating some or all of their time, including Oregon AFSCME Staff Representatives Kate Baker, Neil Bednarczyk, Stacy Chamberlain, Randy Ridderbusch and Evan Wickersham, plus Council 75 Communications Director Don Loving. It was very helpful to have them guide members through the capitol and give confidence to those members who were unsure about the lobbying process.


We scheduled meetings with 34 senators and representatives. In some cases we met with staff; in some instances we also pulled representatives off the House floor to meet with members who were constituents.


We began the day with a brief training that included talking points for the members. In addition to PERS, which is an overarching message for any group all the time, the focus of the local government lobby day included the health insurance exchange, local government insurance pooling, county-based cigarette taxes and raises for IDD workers.


Again, our second Lobby Day is scheduled for April 9 and will focus on state government and state employees issues. However, local government members who were unable to attend on March 19 are welcome to come on April 9 — we will accommodate you! And retirees are also welcome at any event. Please e-mail me to RSVP and/or for more information. A flier for the event is attached to this article.





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