Multnomah County, OR Support for Organizing and Collective Bargaining
Status: Adopted on 1/25/01
RESOLUTION NO. 01-010
Support for Organizing and Collective Bargaining
The Multnomah County Board of Commissioners Finds:
a) Employees’ rights to form or join a union should continue to be protected by Federal and Oregon state laws.
b) The State of Oregon’s number one benchmark is quality jobs for all Oregonians.
c) Unionized employees generally earn more than their non-represented counter-parts thus supporting the County’s goal of reducing poverty.
d) Unionized employees are more likely to receive comprehensive health insurance benefits thus supporting the County’s goal of increasing access to health services.
e) Unions provide employees with a voice on the job and can encourage job innovation, productivity growth and improved morale as demonstrated by the labor management cooperation for quality improvement within Multnomah County government.
f) Unions have contributed to the growth of democracy, the well-being of America’s working families and our communities generally.
The Multnomah County Board of Commissioners Resolves:
1) We support the efforts of working people in our community who seek to unionize to better their conditions of employment.
2) We call on all employers within our community to provide their employees the opportunity to freely choose whether or not to unionize.
3) We call on all employers to clearly communicate to their employees that they are neutral on their employees’ choice, and will deal fairly with any union that employees may select.
4) We call on all employers to abide by their employees’ decision and to bargain in good faith when a majority has, through appropriate processes, indicated their desire to be represented by a union.