Thousands of union supporters gathered at Labor Day picnics and parties around Oregon Monday including an AFL-CIO event in Portland.
Thousands of people enjoyed the rides at Oaks Amusement Park and ate burgers and hot dogs to mark Labor Day.
Many of Oregon’s Democratic leaders were also there. Both of Oregon’s U.S. senators and several representatives spoke of the importance of healthy unions. Gov. John Kitzhaber warned that those unions need protection.
Kitzhaber told the group, “We all know that this country built the most prosperous middle class in the history of the world and we know that at the foundation of that middle class was a good union job. But we also know that over the last few decades, well-funded anti-worker forces have been chipping away at that foundation until it is almost gone.”
High on the agendas of union supporters is the defeat of a “Right to Work” measure supported by the Cascade Policy Institute. Backers are working to put it on the November 2014 ballot.