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Time to Unite

Update: On March 29, 2016 the U.S. Supreme Court announced it reached a 4-4 decision in the Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association case.

This decision upholds the lower court’s ruling and allows ONA to continue our work improving health care for nurses and patients.

Despite this victory, we expect anti-worker attacks to continue in the courts and on Oregon’s ballot. We encourage you to learn about the ongoing challenge of anti-worker attacks and join us in building a stronger organization together.

Background

In 2016, ONA will face attacks on unions ranging from a U.S. Supreme Court case designed to weaken unions, to attacks from out-of-state interest groups and anti-union initiatives on Oregon’s ballot. Follow our Time to Unite series on anti-worker attacks in the ONA Friday E-News and visit this page to view updates you may have missed.

Time to Unite Part 1

Right now, anti-worker groups are taking aim at the rights of Oregon’s nurses and working families. They want to make it harder for us to advocate for appropriate staffing and equipment, pass public health policies and preserve the practice standards we’ve worked hard to establish.

From court cases to ballot measures, anti-worker groups tied to wealthy billionaires like the Koch Brothers will try to silence our voice in order to increase corporate profits in 2016.

We can’t let this happen. There is too much at stake for our patients, our practice and our communities.

Over the next few weeks, we’ll discuss the types of anti-worker attacks Oregonians will see this year and how you can use your voice to protect your rights and advocate for your patients and your community.

Time to Unite Part 2: The Courts

While anti-worker groups like the Freedom Foundation try to silence nurses and workers in Oregon, the U.S. Supreme Court is preparing to hear a case that could make it harder for all working people to exercise their right to negotiate together for better wages, benefits and safety measures.

On Monday, January 11, the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in a case called Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association. Friedrichs is being pushed by groups with ties to the Koch Brothers and is designed to weaken organizations like ONA by reducing our membership and forcing us to represent nurses who refuse to pay their fair share.

The anti-worker groups behind Friedrichs want to reduce our membership to stop us from advocating for nurses and our patients. They know you are our strength and that your support gives us the ability to work together to win fair contracts, advocate for our patients and advance the practice of nursing.

Time to Unite Part 3: The Ballot

On Monday, Jan. 11, 2016, the Supreme Court arguments in the Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association case showed how anti-worker groups plan to use the courts to attack our ability to advocate for our patients, and they won’t stop there. 

Oregonians will see wealthy special interests push anti-worker measures onto the election ballot this November. These measures require public employers to discriminate between union and non-union nurses and are designed to weaken our voice in our workplace; leading to pay cuts and benefit losses and negatively impacting our ability to advocate for our patients.

We’ve beaten similar anti-worker ballot measures before and we can do it again.

Time to Unite Part 4: What You Can Do

Over the last few weeks, we’ve discussed the anti-worker attacks ONA and other labor organizations are facing at our workplaces, on our ballots and in the courts. In Oregon, extreme out-of-state groups like the Freedom Foundation have even waited for union members outside their workplace and impersonated union staff during phone calls in their attempts to weaken Oregon’s unions.

These coordinated attacks are designed to block our ability to advocate for our patients and our coworkers. We need to be ready for them to protect our patients and our practice.

Do your part to prepare by learning more about these attacks and developing the skills you need to improve your workplace. Start today by signing up to attend a union leader training on anti-worker issues this Feb. or registering for ONA’s Convention, where you can learn how anti-worker attacks will impact nurses and what you can do to stop them.

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