HB 3029: Signed authorizations designating exclusive bargaining representation
SUPPORT. HB 3029 would allow electronic signatures for union elections. PROTEC17 and our Labor partners submitted written testimony about the difficulty of organizing during the COVID-19 pandemic because of the requirement for a physical signature.
SB 412: Expedited Bargaining – Rebalancing Collective Bargaining
SUPPORT. This bill adds binding arbitration after 90 days as a resolution for interim bargaining. This is already in place for police, fire, and other non-strike units, but would add it for others. Several employers have a notorious reputation for holding items out of regular cycle bargaining so they can force them through the expedited bargaining process.
HB 2205: Just Enforcement Act
SUPPORT. OR has great laws on the books protecting employees, but the Bureau of Labor and Industries (BOLI) staff have been chronically under funded and the department is not able to enforce the existing laws. This Act empowers workers to enforce laws when BOLI lacks the resources or will to enforce, specifically by allowing individuals or groups (like unions) to file lawsuits on behalf of the state if the state fails to respond to a complaint. A portion of the penalites would be awarded to the workers and a portion would be awarded to the Agency.