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Oregon Secretary of State Bill Bradbury (center) listens to testimony from
workers who want a union at Providence hospitals. Bradbury chaired a “Fair
Elections Oversight Commission” hearing under protest by Providence’s CEO.
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...Workers seek neutrality
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University of Oregon professor Gordon
Lafer, who co-chairs the Labor Caucus
of the American Political Science Asso-
ciation. That’s because, under the law,
the party in power — management —
has every electoral advantage over the
opposition party — the union. Manage-
ment has complete access to the voters,
and can compel them to attend anti-
union informational meetings. Unions
don’t have that access, and don’t even
get a list of employees until 20 days be-
fore an election, on average.
Portland Providence workers com-
plained of shortstaffing and unanswered
petitions to management. One bran-
dished a stack of paper she said was
anti-union literature she’d received.
Workers from other Providence lo-
cations told of free lunches and personal
loans to workers during union cam-
paigns; pro-union workers, including a
priest, being fired; anti-union films
shown at mandatory-attendance staff
meetings; union literature torn down
from bulletin boards; and restrictions on
workers’ rights to talk about the union
on break or off the clock.
Besides Bradbury, the Commission
included Reverend Alcena Boozer of
St. Philip the Deacon Episcopal
Church, family physician Jill Ginsberg,
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After hearing testimony, the group
issued a resolution calling on Provi-
dence management to agree to fair elec-
tion ground rules: Allowing open dis-
cussion in the workplace, promoting
truthful and positive communications,
and refraining from the use of anti-
union consultants, forced-attendance
anti-union meetings, or legal delays.
Providence was invited to attend the
hearing and offer their own testimony,
but Danielson declined.
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