Eight Out of Ten Oregonians Agree: Let employees choose whether or not to join a union or pay union dues

By Steve Buckstein, Oregon Catalyst

Because of a deal struck by Governor John Kitzhaber, Oregonians won’t have the opportunity to end forced union dues in the public sector this year. However, a just-released public opinion poll makes it clear that if the Public Employee Choice Act had been on this November’s ballot, most voters likely would have supported it.

Oregonians support choice on forced union dues

By Steve Buckstein, The Oregonian

Because of a deal struck by Gov. John Kitzhaber, Oregonians won’t have the opportunity to end forced union dues in the public sector this year. However, a just-released public opinion poll makes it clear that if the Public Employee Choice Act had been on this November’s ballot most voters would have likely supported it.

Labor’s Blueberry Police

The Wall Street Journal

When conservatives argue that an overbearing regulatory state suppresses hiring and investment, doubtful liberals often say: Show us an example. Please meet the growers in Marion County, Oregon.

Initiative, compromise force SEIU’s agenda

By Saerom Yoo, Statesman Journal

SEIU Local 49, a health care workers union, has dropped its five ballot initiatives and agreed to start a dialogue with hospitals and the Oregon Nurses Association, but the initiatives may have already done their intended job — forcing the agenda.

With Portland teacher strike averted, a roundup on the role of unions

By Mike Francis, The Oregonian

The big news in Portland today is the last-minute agreement that ends the threat of a Portland Public Schools teacher strike. The strike, which would have started Thursday, was avoided at the last minute after a 10-month standoff between the school district and the Portland Association of Teachers. At this hour, terms haven’t been disclosed, but along the way, both sides have been reported to have made significant concessions.