Despite 97 Result, People Still Our Biggest Strength

12032047_882177508517411_5637561530248692595_nCorporations threw a lot of money into defeating Ballot Measure 97. In the campaign to get big corporations to pay their fair share of taxes, our biggest strength was people power—and it still is. Following are some of your co-workers’ stories about contacting voters and urging them to Vote YES on 97.


I volunteered for the Ballot Measure 97 phone bank effort, because Oregon needed this measure.

Services that Oregonians rely upon su er from the lack of revenue. By staffing the phone bank, I did my part to make sure voters know about this measure and how it would help Oregonians.

I greatly enjoy talking with fellow SEIU members from around the state and have had many good conversations. I think I even moved some people who might have voted “no” towards a “yes” vote! The one-on-one approach really does work! I would encourage everyone to spend some time phone banking. It is a great time, with good company, good food and good conversation.


I really enjoy phone conversations with fellow SEIU members about Ballot Measure 97, because it’s a great way to get to know our fellow workers across the state.

In a few hours, my experiences gave me a much better sense of how many members are doing. Getting to spend time having meaningful conversations should be at the core of every member experience (that and winning better pay and benefits). I encourage every member to attend a calling session, because it’s important to have real conversations on an issue that could vastly improve the funding for our entire education and health care systems.


I called people and knocked on doors in support of Measure 97, because I understood the enormous implications of this ballot measure for higher education workers in Oregon.

Measure 97 will at last provide the funds our embattled K-12 schools need and free up general fund money. In turn, the legislature can use those funds to begin reversing the downward spiral of disinvestment in higher education. On the other hand, should Measure 97 go down in defeat, I can see little alternative to more of the same fiscal “solutions” that have long plagued our universities—tuition hikes for our students, deep cuts to the vital resources we need to do our jobs, and the grim specter of more layoffs.

Personally, I don’t much like talking on the phone, but I realized I couldn’t let that stop me from volunteering to phone bank for Yes on 97. I believed so strongly in the importance of this ballot initiative, I was inspired to move outside my comfort zone. You know what? It turns out that phone banking is really no big deal. The hardest call to make is the first one. You get the hang of it pretty fast, and soon it ceases to be intimidating at all. I encourage all 085 members to join us at a phone bank.


Thank you to the following people who are stewards for their service to our union. Your union brothers and sisters appreciate you:

  • John Anthony—25 years of service
  • John Ahlen—5 years serving as a strong leader

Both Anthony and Ahlen served previously as chief steward during their time on campus.

Thank you to the people who collected pledge cards from voters affirming their yes on Measure 97:

  • TK Landazuri
  • Joann Malone
  • Liz Hahn
  • Lois Yoshishige
  • Louie Vidmar
  • Nicole Nelson
  • Theodora Ko Thompson
  • Zach Benedict
  • Johnny Earl
  • Lynn Harrell
  • Some people who collected cards are not in our database.

Thank you to folks who volunteered time to call Oregon voters in support of Measure 97—A Better Oregon. The number following each person’s name represents the number of phone bank sessions they donated:

  • Kurt Willcox—11
  • Chuck Theobald—3
  • Cimmeron Gillespie—2
  • Liz Hahn—1
  • Jason Stone—6
  • Lois Yoshishige—4
  • Morgan Blake—1
  • Theodora Ko Thompson—6
  • Zach Benedict—5
  • John Taylor—2
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