Political Action

Screenshot of the 2021 PROTEC17 Political Action Committee on a Zoom training

Whether we like it or not, politics plays a huge role in our lives. And especially as public employees, lawmakers at every level make decisions that impact whether our jobs will be funded, our retirement plans will remain solvent, or whether we can take time off to care for a sick loved one.

PROTEC17 members advocate for laws and policies at the city, county and state level that support our members and their families. In addition, we have a political action committee (PAC) that makes endorsements for worker-friendly candidates. The PAC is funded through voluntary donations — NEVER DUES MONEY.

2022 WA State Legislative Report

Click the link below to find a summary of the legislation that was passed during the 2022 Washington State legislative session that aligned with PROTEC17’s priorities — click on the graphic on the left for more details.

2022 Washington Legislative Report

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Political Action Committee

Our 2021 political endorsement program took place this past summer, with our member-lead Political Action Committee (PAC) interviewing dozens of candidates. This unique opportunity allowed PROTEC17 members to share the work we do with political candidates, as well as showed our support to those who are committed to supporting working people and their families.

We are gearing up for the 2022 election season! If you have questions or are interested in participating on the Political Action Committee (PAC) this year, please reach out to our Political Director, Brandon Hersey.

Oregon Primary Endorsements – May 2022

In spring 2022, PROTEC17 members interviewed candidates for Portland City Council and Auditor. These interviews were conducted in two rounds — one, as part of the Unions United table which consists of other public employee unions, and the other as a separate panel of PROTEC17 members. After both rounds of interviews, the PROTEC17 interview panel has decided not to issue a formal endorsement in either of the Commissioner races for Seats 2 and 3 (currently occupied by incumbents Jo Ann Hardesty and Dan Ryan). 

For Portland City Auditor, the PROTEC17 panel has chosen to endorse Simone Rede. 

“Simone showed an impressive knowledge of issues and vision for the office of Auditor that aligns with PROTEC17’s core values, and her experience and background gives us confidence that she will be an excellent choice,” said Ian Hackett, Portland Chapter Treasurer and GIS Technician III with the Bureau of Environmental Services, who sat on the interview panel.

Don’t forget to vote! Ballots for the Oregon 2022 primary election must be returned by Tues., May 17.

If you are interested in getting more information about the Oregon candidate endorsement process, please email PROTEC17 Research Director and Oregon Legislative Advocate Elliot Levin.

2022 Oregon Legislative Session

February 1 marked the beginning of the 2022 Oregon Legislative session, which is a short even-year session lasting until March 7. Broad priorities of the legislature this year include the State budget, pandemic response issues, housing services, and education funding. The session also welcomes a new Speaker of the House, Corvallis Representative Dan Rayfield. Representative Rayfield has been an ally to labor through his tenure in the legislature, and PROTEC17 members in Oregon have high hopes for his leadership.

Below are a few of the labor-related bills and issues that we were tracking this session in Oregon:

  • House Bill (HB) 4001 aimed to address essential worker pay for frontline workers during the pandemic. Unfortunately, it failed to make it out of committee on Feb. 7.
  • Senate Bill (SB) 1506 would give local jurisdictions more revenue authority to increase marijuana taxes.
  • SB 1586 stiffens penalties for employers who use non-disclosure agreements to silence workers who have experienced discrimination or harassment. PROTEC17 joined other labor unions in 2019 passing the landmark Workplace Fairness Act, and SB 1586 will strengthen the protections in that bill. 
  • HB 4002 would provide overtime protections to farmworkers in Oregon. While this bill gathered strong support in 2021 it did not ultimately receive a final vote. We hope to see Oregon joining Washington and California in providing this critical benefit to these vital workers.

While Federal infrastructure funding disbursements are currently being discussed in the Oregon Transportation Commission rather than the legislature, PROTEC17 will be monitoring legislative conversations on the subject in order to assure that appropriate funding reaches local transportation agencies including the Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT), and that State projects within the Portland metro area adequately compensate PBOT to mitigate impacts.

If you are interested in getting more information about these or any other Oregon legislative subjects, please email PROTEC17 Research Director and Oregon Legislative Advocate Elliot Levin.

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