Oregon Democrats support Wisconsin public employee unions & attack President Reagan

The Democratic Party of Oregon adopted a resolution this month supporting the public employee unions in Wisconsin. The resolution was also critical of the Republican Party, claiming “the Republican Party has sided with corporate power against America’s working people”. They single out President Reagan for criticism on his handling of the 1982 Air Traffic Controller’s illegal strike: “most egregiously with President Reagan’s assault against the Air Traffic Controllers union in 1982”.

The resolution goes on to condemn Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker for declaring “open war on Wisconsin’s unions and their established collective bargaining rights”, and it condemns “Tea Party Governors” in other states for “mounting similar attacks against the unions”.

Resolution 2011-049: On Supporting Unions

Sponsored by: Dean Byers, Chair, Douglas County Democrats and Sara Byers
Approved: 03/06/2011

A RESOLUTION OF THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY OF OREGON

WHEREAS, the right of collective bargaining is the backbone of union strength in the United States, the “or else” against the power of  employers to fire workers who are unwilling to work for low wages and in unsafe conditions, and

WHEREAS, the 8-hour work day, the 40-hour work week, weekends off,  worker’s compensation and collective bargaining itself all began in Wisconsin, and

WHEREAS, the wages, benefits and safe working conditions negotiated by unions have translated into equal benefits for non-union workers as well as union workers and their families, and

WHEREAS, for over one hundred years the Democratic Party has been the staunch ally of labor unions and the working people in the United States, and

WHEREAS, the Republican Party has sided with corporate power against America’s working people, beginning with the Taft Hartley Act in 1947, and most egregiously with President Reagan’s assault against the Air Traffic Controllers union in 1982, and

WHEREAS, most recently, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker has declared open war on Wisconsin’s unions and their established collective bargaining rights, and

WHEREAS, the fourteen Wisconsin Democratic senators have refused to return to give the Wisconsin Senate the quorum to pass the bill that would strip collective bargaining from the state’s public workers unions, and

WHEREAS, Tea Party Governors in Ohio, Iowa, Indiana, Idaho, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Oklahoma are mounting similar attacks against the unions, and

WHEREAS, unions are the only counter balance against the unlimited corporate political spending unleashed by the Roberts Supreme Court’s “Citizens United v. FEC” ruling,

NOW THEREFORE, THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY OF OREGON RESOLVES AS FOLLOWS:

1. We affirm our solidarity with the Wisconsin State Senators (the “Wisconsin 14”) in standing up to Governor Walker’s blatant attack on Wisconsin’s unions.

2. We further affirm our support for Oregon’s unions and their collective bargaining rights.

3. We call on our State Democratic Party and county Democratic Party Central Committees to assert their support of unions and their collective bargaining rights.

Resolution written by Sara Byers.

Resolution submitted by Dean Byers, Chair, Douglas County Democratic Party.

ADOPTED by the Democratic Party of Oregon on the sixth day of March 2011.

 

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  • Joenan

    The parasites are getting nervous, the host is waking up!

  • FED UP!!!!!!!!!!

    Of course the Democrats support the over compensated public employees. They are the one’s who negotiated the sweetheart deals with them!

    The time is coming for both the democrats and the parasitical public employee unions, the clock is ticking down…

  • Frankgoldhill

    If the Democrats lose foothold with the union. They’ve got nobody to back them. They don’t back the public anyway. If it’s not good for their pocket they don’t take care of it. It’s time the union go.

  • Public Employees

    Shut up and give us more money.

  • Bob Clark

    Somewhat related to public employee unions I feel like going off on the tangent below.

    The more I look at Portland Public Schools’ tax measures up for vote this May, seeking a combined 12% plus increase in total property taxes, the more I come away asking myself there’s got to a better approach to educating our children other than this monolithic unionized government body. Measure 26-121 (the construction bond) over pays by perhaps as much as 100% for school construction, looking at dollars per foot budgeted. Measure 26-122 (the operation levy) appears to budget nearly $106,000 per year per teacher retained. Just looking at Portland Public School’s teacher payscale indicates this budgeted amount is probably 50% over what it should be. Once more think of all the teachers being laid off in other districts around the state, and you can’t help but think PPS might be overpaying to maintain teaching staff by as much as 100%.

    I come away thinking maybe a better levy would be to provide parents and children a matching fund to go to other alternative schools if they so choose. The public would match costs of a student’s k-12 education up to $5k per year attending an alternative school or educational program. If Portland Public Schools were to face such competition, it would itself become more economical and able to stretch scarce educational dollars while improving quality.

  • Bob Clark

    Somewhat related to public employee unions I feel like going off on the tangent below.

    The more I look at Portland Public Schools’ tax measures up for vote this May, seeking a combined 12% plus increase in total property taxes, the more I come away asking myself there’s got to a better approach to educating our children other than this monolithic unionized government body. Measure 26-121 (the construction bond) over pays by perhaps as much as 100% for school construction, looking at dollars per foot budgeted. Measure 26-122 (the operation levy) appears to budget nearly $106,000 per year per teacher retained. Just looking at Portland Public School’s teacher payscale indicates this budgeted amount is probably 50% over what it should be. Once more think of all the teachers being laid off in other districts around the state, and you can’t help but think PPS might be overpaying to maintain teaching staff by as much as 100%.

    I come away thinking maybe a better levy would be to provide parents and children a matching fund to go to other alternative schools if they so choose. The public would match costs of a student’s k-12 education up to $5k per year attending an alternative school or educational program. If Portland Public Schools were to face such competition, it would itself become more economical and able to stretch scarce educational dollars while improving quality.

  • Valley person

    They didn’t “attack Reagan.” They “attacked” a single action of Reagan, one that this Democrat, in retrospect, thinks he was well justified in taking because the strike was in fact illegal.

    Nevertheless, if you need to resurrect Reagan to defend in order fire yourselves up, go for it. Your party is on the wrong side this time. The action by the governors is backfiring. They are overreaching.

    • Founding Fathers

      VP, you’re forgetting right-wing political correctness: One must never, ever criticize anyone or any idea they hold dear.

      • wnd

        FF: “We love your adherence to democratic principles.” ~ William F. Buckley, Jr.

        VP: “When you can’t make them see the light, make them feel the heat.” ~ RR

  • wisconsin

    Thank you Oregon

  • 3H

    Huh.. I may have to stop being an Independent and start supporting the Democratic Party again.

    • wnd

      “I’m a millionaire, I’m a multi-millionaire. I’m filthy rich. You know why I’m a multi-millionaire? ‘Cause multi-millions [mostly Democrats] like what I do.”
      ~ Michael Moore

  • Kriticul_airer

    I am not a public employee. I should care that Oregon Democrats support Wisconsin public employees? Would have rather heard that Oregon Democrats support Oregon non-public employees or workers. This shows me that Democrats and unions are one and the same. Neither can exist without the other. They exist only to benefit each other. The eventual shift to another political party is inevitable.

    • 3H

      Sorta like Big Business and Republicans?

  • Blankcheck

    The only thing the dems care about at all is if the state collects their forced dues for them. Without that they are dead, as most union members would never pay the dues on time each month voluntarily. Trust me on that.

  • Lacretia

    Really? If only unions keep a job safe, why not shut down OSHA? Should we shut down the Bureau of Labor and Industries also? I mean if unions have everything covered, what do we need governments for?

    I thought unions resisted corporations, not governments? No, wait, our government is a corporation–wait, if our government is a corporation, why do we need a government? Or, should I ask if we have a government, why is it a corporation?

    I’m getting confused. I thought government workers worked in service to the public, not a union, so why do the government workers needing a union.

    Darn my public education anyhow, I am baffled by what I am reading, and thinking, and understanding…or think, I’m understanding, or something…hmmm,…I thought Democrats cared about human beings, but I guess they don’t care how many are sacrificed to keep their situation better than the rest of us.

    What do we do away with first–unions, corporations or government? It just seems like there are one or two too many themes clashing over no money.

  • Lacretia

    Really? If only unions keep a job safe, why not shut down OSHA? Should we shut down the Bureau of Labor and Industries also? I mean if unions have everything covered, what do we need governments for?

    I thought unions resisted corporations, not governments? No, wait, our government is a corporation–wait, if our government is a corporation, why do we need a government? Or, should I ask if we have a government, why is it a corporation?

    I’m getting confused. I thought government workers worked in service to the public, not a union, so why do the government workers needing a union.

    Darn my public education anyhow, I am baffled by what I am reading, and thinking, and understanding…or think, I’m understanding, or something…hmmm,…I thought Democrats cared about human beings, but I guess they don’t care how many are sacrificed to keep their situation better than the rest of us.

    What do we do away with first–unions, corporations or government? It just seems like there are one or two too many themes clashing over no money.

  • Anonymous

    We the private sector taxpayer can no longer afford the overpaid, overbenefited fat cat public sector. We the private sector can no longer accept the incestuous relationship between government and the public employee unions!!!
    Dean and Sarah Byers should accept the reality that government can not have a bottomless money pit supplied by the private sector.
    Public employee unions have controlled this state and it’s government for to many years — and look where we are now.

  • Wolf Creek Ron

    The Democrat Party and the Public Unions own this State! We, as the elite, need to control the Public as we know what is best for them. We need higher salaries, more benefits, and a rich retirement plan to compensate us for all the good work that we do for this State. You ungrateful scum need to keep your mouths shut or we will show up at your house. Republicans keep failing in this State because they do not know how to play hardball like we do. They never will get a real conservative base in the Republican Party because of a few well placed RINOS. What a bunch of suckers!

  • 2MT

    Odd we pay more for less educated people in the bureaucratic mess in salem then we do teachers. might be that folks should look at who makes what instead of thinking teaches are the problem.
    how much are we paying the supervisors leaning on shovels in the road crews? how much are we paying the interior decorator that refurnished the waiting rooms in salem? how much are we paying the marine board members and staff?
    folks should start looking at the fat instead of the tiny minority that are teachers. Wisconsin is not our problem; our problem is here in oregon and the folks getting paid too high here are pretty obvious. it sure ain’t a few teachers.
    The parasites in our state happen to be corporations and the huge mass of flesh in admin who vote and give themselves raises behind our backs. as a whole teachers in oregon are moving out because we don’t have a decent wage here. it seems south america or Asia pays better. Pity you folks dont look at the data.

    • eaop

      “Do you mind if I sit back a little? Because your breath is very bad.”
      ~ Donald Trump

      • 2MT

        Aww……. did i touch a nerve? tsk tsk cant live in your little bubble these days.

        https://www.oregon.gov/DOR/STATS/docs/ExpR11-13/tax-expenditure-report-2011-2013.pdf?ga=t
        [exhale] to bad some of the most costly quasi gov agencies dont have to report and these folks dont have to name names of what corps are ripping us off.

        • wnd

          “It was so sweet backstage, you should have seen it — The Teamsters were helping Michael Moore into the trunk of his limo.”

          * Steve Martin, after Moore’s speech at the 75th Academy Awards.

  • Klatu

    President Scott Walker

  • Klatu

    President Scott Walker

  • Smart1

    Ask the autoworkers in Michigan how that union thing worked out for them.

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