Saturday, October 08, 2005

Wary unions still give support to Kulongoski

Did anyone doubt this? Ive excerpted the article by Steve Law in the Statesman Journal.

Wary unions still give support to Kulongoski
Labor stays loyal as governor plans for re-election race
Because...
"There's no strong labor challenger to the governor in his party," said political scientist James Moore of Pacific University in Forest Grove. Unions still see Kulongoski as "'our guy,' flawed as he may be," Moore said.
and...
"There's some spirited debate about the governor's record," said Tim Nesbitt, the president of the Oregon AFL-CIO. "By the same token, there's a lot of appreciation for what the governor has done in some areas. He was still a governor that supported workers' rights and was consistent in that support."
and...
Kulongoski also remains close to Ken Allen, president of Council 75 of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees. That's the second-largest union among state workers.
and also....
Kulongoski named Allen to the Port of Portland Commission. The governor also recently signed an executive order that enabled AFSCME to represent home day-care providers. That would provide a major influx of new union members at a time when labor is sagging nationally.
plus...
Kulongoski has pushed a jobs-friendly agenda in transportation and economic development, said Paul Phillips, political consultant and lobbyist for the Oregon State Building and Construction Trades Council.
The above translated actually means "He pushed government spending projects that require 'prevailing wage', thus making sure that we keep our unions at work."
Wich leads to...
"For the 30,000 building-trade unions members, I would be surprised if there is much deviation from this governor," Phillips said. "He's been a solid, solid person on their issues."

The two biggest "wild cards" in the governor's race, Phillips said, are Oregon Education Association, which represents teachers, and Service Employees International Union Local 503, the largest state-workers union. Those are Oregon's two largest unions. Both rely on strong grass-roots involvement by members to set their political endorsements.
they will also support him because...
Kulongoski scored points with state workers when he agreed to protect their health-insurance benefits in a two-year labor agreement inked this summer. That contract also provided a healthy pay-raise that makes up some of workers' lost ground from a two-year wage freeze. In a separate contract, Kulongoski also agreed to add vision and dental-health insurance for home-care workers, who are represented by SEIU Local 503.

And let's be real...
"None of Kulongoski's three potential challengers has longstanding close ties to labor."
And that folks is how a totally failed, do nothing governer, who hasn't kept any of his promises, (accept most of the ones made to the unions) will get the nomination of his party, to thier detriment.

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