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AFSCME-sponsored community fair coming to Portland on April 12
Updated On: Apr 01, 2014

Unions in Oregon have been preparing to defend various ballot measures aimed to silence the voices of working families

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 food bank.


"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 main goals:


  • 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 (503) 239-9858.


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.




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