The monthly local meeting had a great turn out in the EMU Gumwood Room. President Carla McNelly gave the agenda before the first speaker took the floor.
The first speaker was Jeremy Chambers from Environmental Health and Safety (EHS). EHS will be speaking at local meetings on a quarterly basis to talk about things that can improve your workspace. EHS deals with waste disposal, ergonomics, and noise issues as well as providing training to the appropriate staff.
Some ergonomic issues that EHS has tackled includes small space offices with multiple occupants, looking at chair types, desks, and lighting to create a better environment. EHS also deals with a variety of other things such as meeting environmental regulations and disposing of hazardous waste. If you have any questions concerning waste or ergonomics, Jeremey encourages everyone to call EHS.
Chief Bargaining Delegate Johnny Earl was the second speaker of the day and he gave an update on bargaining.
The UO had 472 surveys turned in thanks to the hard work of the CATs and other union members asking everyone to complete a survey.
The statewide bargaining team has met twice and there will be a statewide kick-off on January 25th in Portland. The kick off will include DAS and higher ed workers with breakout sessions for each group to work on proposals to present to management to begin the bargaining season. These proposals will be sent to management on January 26th.
On February 12th, there will be a rally day in Salem in coalition with the Oregon Student Association.
SEIU will also being having rally days in Salem and you can sign up to participate in several different events throughout the Spring.
In addition, SEIU is inviting representatives to local offices and will try to have these meetings on a Saturday so as many people as possible can attend. In the Eugene office, House Majority Leader Val Hoyle, Senator Chris Edwards, and Senator Lee Beyer will be visiting. We highly encourage people from those districts to attend. Visit the Oregon State Legislature map to determine who your representative and senator is.
There will be a big bargaining push Valentine’s Day this year. SEIU is asking people to write valentines to Interim President Scott Coltrane. The valentines can be delivered in person or electronically and will be a play on the UO’s “The Power of If” recruit campaign.
On February 12th, the Strike Hardship Committee will be holding a Valentine’s Day bake sale in front of The Duck Store. They will be asking for volunteers soon to help man the table and make baked goods. In addition, they will be collecting Valentines to be delivered on February 13th the the President.
During lunch time on February 13th, the Labor Choir will be performing at Oregon Hall. More information about the Valentine Day events will be released over the next few weeks.
The final speaker was Vice President Theodora Ko-Thompson who presented Fair Shot For All which is a new campaign to raise living standards for all Oregonians.
Fair Shot for All includes several organizations including Family Forward Oregon, SEIU, the Urban League of Portland, Oregon AFL-CIO, Center for Intercultural Organizing, Oregon Education Association, CAUSA, Basic Rights Oregon, UFCW, Rural Organizing Project, AFSCME, Planned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon, PCUN, Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon, and Oregon Action.
There are 5 main points of Fair Shot for All:
- Raise the Minimum Wage
- Paid Sick Days
- Retirement Security: Save Today. Secure Tomorrow.
- Ban the Box
- End Profiling