Occupy Portland Labor Outreach Committee
Labor Solidarity Committee: Mission Statement
The purpose of the Labor Solidarity Committee is to facilitate communication and relationship building between labor and Occupy Portland. Labor and Unions are an essential part of the Occupy Movement and it is the goal of the Labor Solidarity Committee to make sure that they are included as much as possible.
- Meeting Notes: Occupy Portland Labor Solidarity Committee - Friday, 3 February 2012, 5:45 - 7pm, St. Francis
- Labor Outreach Committee Meeting - Friday 16 December 2011
- Labor Outreach Committee Meeting Friday 9 December 2011
- Peoples’ Assembly Organizing Committee Meeting 7 December 2011
- Labor Outreach Committee Meeting Friday 2 December 2011
- Peoples’ Assembly Organizing Committee Meeting 30 November 2011
- Labor Outreach Committee Meeting 18 November 2011
- Emergency Labor Outreach Committee Meeting 14 November 2011
- Labor Solidarity March 10 26 2011
Occupy Support of Working People
- Longshore Workers Name Occupy Movement as Crucial in Settlement with EGT - Coordinated action by West Coast Occupys proves effective as ILWU Local 21 ratifies contract. Major victory for Occupy and the working class!
- “The mobilization of the Occupy Movement across the country, particularly in Oakland, Portland, Seattle, and Longview were a critical element in bringing EGT to the bargaining table and forcing a settlement with ILWU local 21.” --Jack Mulcahy, ILWU Local 8
Labor Support of Occupy Portland
- Laborers’ Local 483 Unites with Occupy Portland
- National Association of Letter Carriers Branch 82 Supports Occupy Portland
- Working America in Oregon is Proud to Endorse Occupy Portland
- Painters Local 10 Stands in Support of Occupy Portland
- United Association Local 290 Plumbers and Steamfitters Stands in Support of the Occupy Wall Street Demonstrations
- America Wants to Work Action Plan
- The Jobs Crisis: What Did Roosevelt Do That Obama Should?
- Put 15 Million Back to Work Fixing $2.2 Trillion in Infrastructure: Resurrect the Works Progress Administration
- Labor Must Choose Between Occupy and the Democrats
- The Occupy Movement recognizes the dire economic situation the country is in and is not held back by mainstream politicians. This gives the Occupy Movement an amazing chance to lead labor down the right path. There is a wide gulf between the demands that the labor movement and the Democratic Party are putting forward and what working people desperately need. Occupy would not exist were this not the case.
- The Occupy Movement will be crushed if the demands being fought for do not connect with working people. A key characteristic of any powerful social movement is the appearance of successive, large demonstrations that draw in new layers of working people, students, and the elderly. The average working person feels impelled to join such a movement because they see their own interests reflected in the movement, and once they join they learn that their interests are the same as those of the others involved.
- AFL-CIO urges unions to treat Occupy DC as picket line
- Occupy Movement Inspires Unions to Embrace Bold Tactics
- Crippling the Right to Organize
- UNLESS something changes in Washington, American workers will, on New Year’s Day (2012), effectively lose their right to be represented by a union.
More News & Views
“The collapse of the Soviet system was a pretty extraordinary event, and we are currently experiencing something similar in the developed world, without fully realizing what’s happening.”
- George Soros
- Let us name, then, the underlying object of the protests’ discontent. It is a society that fundamentally isn’t working, a system that coerces us into ruining the planet and exploiting its people, denying us life and liberty if we refuse to comply, and sometimes withholding them even if we do comply. It is a society where life is a little bleaker, gaudier, uglier, less authentic, and less hopeful with each passing year. It is a system of winners and losers, in which even the winners are less happy than a typical Ladakhi peasant or Amazonian hunter-gatherer. It is a society of pretense, image, and illusion. It is a society where more human energy goes to war than to art. Most tellingly, it is a society where it is normal to hate Monday. The discontent behind the protests comes from the conviction, “We can do better than this!”
- What Occupy taught the unions - SEIU and others are embracing the movement that has succeeded as they have faded.
- Unions are in a death spiral. Private sector unionism has all but vanished, accounting for a measly 6.9 percent of the workforce. Public sector workers are being hammered by government cutbacks and hostile media that blame teachers, nurses and firefighters for budget crises...
- On the Brink: Fiscal Austerity Threatens a Global Recession (The Real News)
- Dr. Heiner Flassbeck, Director, Division on Globalization and Development Strategies, UNCTAD: European austerity policies past the point of no return, driving global economy towards deep and lengthy recession.
- Strike Strategy (John Steuben)
- This document explains why and how organizations are the starting point for understanding power. It focuses on four main organizational networks -- ideological, economic, military, and political -- as the building blocks for power structures.
- Summary: On 27 Jan 2009, the Huffington Post ran a story by Sam Stein titled "Bailout Recipients Hosted Call To Defeat Key Labor Bill". The story included around five minutes of an hour long recording between federal bailout funds recipients. The call shows the firms to be involved in lobbying, effectively, with public money. The file released here is the full hour long recording.