Union letter celebrating Measure 66 and Measure 67

Below is an in-house SEIU letter for which a copy was sent to us. A good insight into the how the other half lives.

Dear (public union employee),

Tuesday’s historic yes vote on ballot measures 66 & 67 was critically important to front-line workers and those we serve and was a resounding victory for what we believe and pursue as a union.

It is a smashing triumph for all Oregonians, from small kids to frail seniors, who rely on the services we provide.

It is a tremendous victory for our members. We will be spared the devastating cutbacks that were inevitable had the measures failed.

It is a huge win for fairness. The wealthiest Oregonians and big corporations will at long last begin to do their share to fund the programs that benefit all of us.
It has national repercussions. The yes campaign is already being viewed elsewhere as a model for how progressive values can prevail at the polls with hard work, good organizing, and a message that resonates.

It is a terrific step forward for our union. Together we mobilized members to get involved in unprecedented numbers.

We share this victory with legislative leaders who were willing to pursue good public policy in defiance of three-quarters of a century of tax measure defeats as well as more than 200 organizations that stood with us, including some far-sighted businesses.

We set the stage for this victory way back when we committed time, money and energy to a political program that changed the composition of the legislature.

We worked with legislators on a tax package that made sense, and we understood that only a smart and creative campaign would sustain it in the face of an inevitable challenge from corporate special interests.

And, perhaps most important, we promoted a culture of activism and involvement among our membership that delivered for us and for all Oregonians. Despite the challenge of a January election, we turned out our voters, because we talked to them on the phones, on the doors, and in the worksites. Thank you for all you did to help make this happen. Oregon has a brighter future because of our work.

Linda Burgin, President
Leslie Frane, Executive Director
SEIU Local 50

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  • davidg

    “… we … changed the composition of the legislature …”

    Yep. Bought it and paid for it. Now reaping the benefits.

    The public may yet realize that its interests are not necessarily the same as those of the public employee unions.

    • sammy alito

      I suppose that when republicans controlled the legislature, it wasn’t bought and paid for by such wholesome and savory industries as big tobacco, drug companies and (untii recently) payday lenders. We all know they have our best interests at heart.

    • Anonymous

      It’s so much fun to watch you guys writhe in agony. There’s really nothing better.

  • Diamond Jim

    I am writhing alright. All the way to the bank.

  • Anonymous

    Maybe if instead of carrying around your perpetual sneer, you learned something from the tone and execution of their campaign, you’d win for a change.

    • Coochi, coochie says Charo

      Anon, the PERSnatcher and Kool Aid bearer for the SEIU supplicants, is loaded with sailboat fuel for brains.

  • Rupert in Springfield

    >It is a huge win for fairness. The wealthiest Oregonians and big corporations will at long last begin to do their share to fund the programs that benefit all of us.

    You know when I hear this line in real life, “the fair share” routine, its about the only thing someone can say that so succinctly indicates their ignorance.

    There is no analysis of state or local taxes that shows “the rich” pay anything less than their fare share.

    Corporations? We have some of the highest corporate taxes in the world.

    I also like to remind people that as a, S corporation even though I am not in the hated over $125k crowd, I pay anywhere from 50% to 100% more than the average tax payer. The stupid $10 corporate minimum tax? You were lied to, it is a filing fee, corporations pay for the privilege of handing their tax return to an SEIU worker behind the counter.

    The downfall of any democracy is that people quickly discover they can vote themselves money by seizing the money of others. That is the phase we are in now. The self righteousness of the victors in 66/67 is the typical thief’s drone. Sure, you aren’t stealing, society owes you.

    Its fine for the unions to celebrate their win. Fantastic, you convinced the majority to tax the minority to pay for your pay raises. We know you will be back for more, Ted is already trying to steal the kicker money for you. Its quite possible you will win again. The rise of government workers salaries is as predictable as the whining about being underpaid. Maybe that is the reason why respect for government workers is typically in even shorter supply than is the money to satiate them.

    • sybella

      One day a man made a deal with another. He suggested they buy a cow and split the cost. After the purchase he told the second man that he would take the back half of the cow so he could milk her. The other guy got the front half and it was his job to feed her.

      One day the second man’s friend ask him how the deal was going with the cow. He said, I could no longer afford to feed my half of the cow and his half died.

      Doesn’t this sound to you like the deal the government is making with us?

    • Anonymous

      Rupert, we have our differences, but I do believe you to be a bright guy. If you are earning less than 125k from an S corporation salary and paying 50% to 100% more in taxes than the average taxpayer then you really need to have someone look at your return (or get a new accountant).

      • vally person

        “Doesn’t this sound to you like the deal the government is making with us? ”

        No, it doesn’t. Our government, elected by the people, claims a share of the milk to help pay for the road the 2 cow owners need to transport their product to market, educate their kids, police the community, and a few other services. If the people, including the 2 cow owners, think the government is collecting too much milk then they can elect a different government to take less and provide fewer services.

        And I agree completely with Anonymous. Hire a CPA Rupert. Its a business write off.

        • Sybella

          You missed the whole point. Must be that education

          • vally person

            With all due respect, I don’t think I missed your point, but you may have missed mine.

          • LENO SUCKS

            Quaint and simplistic as your analogy is, Sybella, I doubt vally person could have missed the point if he tried. You are likening an economic system to a negative feedback loop wherein the internal regulators have become unbalanced thus threatening the stability of the system. Being that an economy is neither biological nor mechanical one can only take the analogy so far, but it is a fair analogy nonetheless. That said, give it time, it’s a bit early for a diagnosis. More than likely the system will conform to the environment one way or another and will find a new equilibrium point/homeostasis. If not, the source of the problem(s) should become quite obvious relatively quickly. By all means start sharpening your political axe, but don’t panic just yet.

          • sybella

            Couldn’t have said it better myself

  • Jack

    Past due for a “NATIONAL RIGHT TO WORK LAW” without being forced into any Union

    • sybella

      Stand up for a national right to work law, I spent the early part of my life in a right to work state. No wages weren’t as high, but then neither was the cost of living so we didn’t need as much. Taxes and Unions as far as I can see are the driving factor in inflation


    I would like to ask what has your union done for you? My husband worked at a union job for 33 years, he paid his dues each and every month. I worked in a non union job for 25 years and paid no union dues. He had good medical coverage, I had good medical coverage. However, the big difference was his hourly wage was $15 per hour lower than mine. When he retired he didn’t receive a thing from his union. When I retired I didn’t receive anything from my company . However, in his union job a part of his union dues went to support the Democrat party. At my non union job I paid no union dues and therefore my company didn’t buy votes from a particular party. It’s our experience that unions do nothing but take your money for dues, line their pockets, support their political candidate regardless of your party affiliation and tell you it’s all for your own good.

    • valley p

      Unions created the minimum wage, got child labor eliminated, and got 40 hour work week laws in place. They created OSHA, which protects all workers from unsafe working conditions. To the extent many non union employees enjoy decent pay and benefits, its because employers provide more than they would otherwise to keep unions out, such as auto workers in the south and grocery clerks at Whole Foods.

      Compare apples to apples. What does a union carpenter or plumber make versus a non union one?

      Unions are pains in the arse, and often corrupt. But when this nation was at its best economically, we had our highest level of union membership. Could it be that unless people are paid decently they can’t buy much? And if they can’t buy much there isn’t much of an economy? Case in point is Mississippi.

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