Unions in Oregon have been
preparing to defend various ballot measures aimed to silence the voices of
working families. AFSCME recognizes the importance of strengthening
relationships with other labor groups as well as developing community
partnerships to fend off current and future attacks.
In that vein, Council 75
Strategic Alliances Coordinator Khanh Le says several AFSCME locals have teamed
up to plan, organize and host a Labor Open House Community Fair. The event will
be held on Saturday, April 12, from 12-noon to 5 p.m. at Kelly Elementary
School, 9030 SE Cooper St. in Portland. The event will also feature a food
drive, so participants are asked to bring non-perishable food for the local
"It's an opportunity to
invest in our community and protect Oregon's working families," says Le. "We
want to encourage our Portland-area local union leaders to invite your members,
families, friends and neighbors."
Le says the event has four
- Develop and strengthen relationships with our
partners to build a brighter future for working families;
- Educate our unions and community members of the
attacks on working families;
- Provide union members an opportunity to connect
with community partners; and
- Promote union member and family involvement.
Le is looking for
member-leader volunteers to fill a variety of roles, such as food coordinators,
children's monitors, break-out coordinators, security team, clean-up team, game
station managers and more. If you're interested in helping, please e-mail Le or contact him at the Portland AFSCME office at
Event sponsors include
Oregon AFSCME Council 75, Local 88 (Multnomah County), Local 132 (Child Care
Providers), Local 189 (City of Portland), Local 328 (OHSU), Local 3336 (DEQ),
Local 3580 (Metro), Kelly SUN Community School, the Northwest Oregon Labor
Council and the Oregon AFL-CIO.
Fliers for the event in both
English and Spanish are attached to this article in PDF format.