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Thu Oct 17, 2019, 03:37 AM

Oregon Labor Unions Vow Retribution Against Some Democrats

Anna Williams was a particular bright spot among Oregon Democrats’ many 2018 election victories.

Before the college adviser unseated an incumbent Republican in House District 52 — a hyper-scenic swath of urban and rural Oregon stretching from Hood River to Gresham and up the slopes of Mount Hood — Democrats had spent a decade losing there.

But as she prepares to seek a second term next year, Williams might face a far different race. One of her key supporters in 2018 now pledges to have nothing to do with her.

“I probably wouldn’t have won without their support,” Williams said of the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees Council 75, one of the state’s largest public-sector labor unions. “It’s a little heartbreaking thinking of not having them next time.”

Williams is just one Democratic lawmaker grappling with possible fallout from the passage of Senate Bill 1049, which made controversial changes to the state’s pension system for public employees.

Read more: https://www.ijpr.org/post/oregon-labor-unions-vow-retribution-against-some-democrats

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