The Labor Choir kicked off the meeting with a rousing song about union history.
SEIU Field Organizer Norma Martinez-HoSang announced that the campaign to secure funding for steps worked and that the state legislation approved the money.
Kurt Wilcox spoke about the UO Board of Trustees meeting on March 27th at 5 PM – 8 PM and March 28th at 8 AM – 12 PM in the Ford Alumni Center. He encouraged members to attend to show that we want to be involved in the future of the university.
The meeting featured a guest speaker, Laurie Trieger from Everybody Benefits. She spoke about the movement to obtain paid sick leave for all workers in the city of Eugene. Approximately 51% of private sector workers in Eugene don’t have paid sick leave which is about 25,000 workers. To learn more about the movement, you can visit here.
Following the announcements, candidates for the union election were given an opportunity to speak. Carla McNelly and Gary Malone are running for President and they each spoke. They were followed by the two candidates for Vice President Theodora Ko Thompson and Johnny Earl.
Other members running for uncontested seats and committees were also introduced at the meeting.