Tentative Agreement Reached at Oregon Shakespeare Festival

2016 June 9
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Early morning on June 7 the crew of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival reached a tentative agreement of their contract! Thank you to everyone who participated in sending letters and showing support. It’s been a long process, taking 659 days from the initial meeting to the tentative agreement.


If the contract is ratified, the OSF crew will be sworn-in as the new IATSE Local 154 (If you’re a Shakespeare buff, you might recognize 154 as the total number of sonnets penned by the Bard.)

Click here to see the latest from the crew at OSF.

Dirty Energy and Dirty Money and How We Can Fix It!

2016 June 9
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Common Cause Oregon teamed up with environmental advocates to investigate how big money tried to block major clean energy reform in the Oregon legislature.

And now they want to share their research with you.

June 23rd 7:00 pm-8:30 pm, Ashland

Doors open at 6:30 pm

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Featuring insights from: State Representative Peter Buckley, David Hyde from Move to Amend, Daniel Lewkow from Common Cause Oregon, Lee Lull from Southern Oregon Climate Action Now and Jeff Golden from Immense Possibilities on Southern Oregon Public Television

Take Action to OPPOSE the TPP!

2016 June 9
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Despite overwhelming evidence that the Trans-Pacific Partnership will be an environmental disaster and the recent ITC report that shows negligible gains in a minority of American economic sectors, Senator Ron Wyden has yet to oppose this corporate power grab masquerading as a trade agreement. Senator Ron Wyden can be reached at his Medford office at (541) 858-5122 or his D.C. office at (202) 224-5244. Tell him to vote no on the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

Rogue Valley Screening: FIX IT Documentary

2016 May 10
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Richard Master, CEO of MCS Industries and producer of Fix It, will screen and discuss his documentary on the need for healthcare reform from an economic perspective. It takes an in-depth look at how our dysfunctional healthcare system is damaging our economy, suffocating our businesses, discouraging physicians and negatively impacting the nation’s health, while remaining unaffordable for a third of our citizens.


Where: Inn at the Commons, Siskiyou Banquet Room

When: Friday, May 27th at 5:30- 7:00 PM

Who: Richard Master, CEO, MCS Industries

A question and answer session with Mr. Master will follow the film, along with an update on Oregon’s health care reform efforts.

For more information contact: Mark Kellenbeck, mkellenbeck@msn.com

Sponsors:  Health Care for All Oregon, Main Street Alliance Oregon, PNHP of Oregon


Clinton and Sanders Oppose “Lame Duck” Vote on the Trans-Pacific Partnership

2016 May 7
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Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton voiced opposition to lame duck consideration of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), saying the proposed twelve-nation pact fails to meet her standards on American jobs, wages and national security, according to a candidate questionnaire published today by the Oregon Fair Trade Campaign.  Candidate Bernie Sanders also opposed a lame duck vote on the TPP in his responses to an identical questionnaire.

“The Democratic candidates agree that attempting to sneak the TPP through during lame duck is completely and totally inappropriate,” said Michael Shannon, director of the Oregon Fair Trade Campaign.  “Popular opposition to job-killing trade agreements is at an all time high.  The votes clearly do not exist to pass the TPP before the election, and TPP proponents’ plan to try to get just-voted-out-of-office, looking-for-corporate-lobby-work Congress members to rubber stamp it after the election is something that more-and-more politicians are speaking out against.”

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Watch “Fix It – Health Care at the Tipping Point” and support the resolution in Ashland.

2016 April 12
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 On Tuesday, April 19th, HCAO-RV will host the “Fix It – Health Care are a Tipping Point” as part or independent media week.
This documentary takes an in-depth look into how our dysfunctional health care system is damaging our economy, suffocating our businesses, discouraging physicians and negatively impacting on the nation’s health, while remaining un-affordable for a third of our citizens.
The film will be shown in the Meese Room at the Hannon Library at Southern Oregon University. The film will begin at 5 pm with a discussion about the campaign to guarantee health care for all Oregonians.
After the film, HCAO-Rogue Valley will lead advocates to attend this city council meeting wearing your red HCAO teeshirt to show support for Single Payer healthcare and a system that provides more care for more people for less money.
The health care resolution “Affordable Health Care for all Oregon” will be presented before the Ashland City Council at their Tuesday night meeting starting at 7 pm. Council Chambers are at 20 East Main Street in Ashland.
Health Care for All Oregon’s campaign is working for equitable, affordable, comprehensive, hight quality, publicly funded universal health care system serving everyone in Oregon and the United States. Learn more about HCAO here:  www.hcao.org
HCAO-RV still has red HCAO Rosie the Nurse teeshirts for sale. Please contact Wes Brain to acquire one, brain@mind.net 541-482-6988

HERE is the resolution for your review:

“Affordable Health Care For All Oregon”

  • Whereas, there are many components that contribute to good health, including the ability to respond to sickness, disease and injury; and
  • Whereas, achieving the goal of living a healthy life is impossible without access to affordablehealth care; and
  • Whereas, health care should be available to everyone; and
  • Whereas, the lack of available health care is a barrier to opportunity, success and quality of life; and
  • Whereas, Oregonians should not be divided between those who can afford to be healthy and those who cannot; and
  • Whereas, Oregonians should not be divided between those who have hopes and dreams and those whose sickness, disease or injury robs them of their hopes and dreams; and
  • Whereas, the Oregon Legislature in 2013 authorized a financing study regarding the design of a proposed healthcare system that meets the mandate of ORS 41.018, which states, “It is the intention of the legislative assembly to achieve the goals of universal access to an adequate level of high health care at an affordable cost”.
Now, therefore, be It Resolved, the people of the City of Ashland urge the Oregon legislature, in the 2019 session, to refer to the voters a measure creating an equitable, comprehensive, affordable, high quality, publicly funded health care system serving everyone in Oregon. The system should be transparent and accountable, involve meaningful public participation, and be affordable for families, businesses, and society.
“Affordable Health Care For All Oregon”

April Fools Rally to “Support” the Trans Pacific Partnership

2016 April 1
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On April Fools Day a group of Rogue Valley opponents of the Trans Pacific Partnership performed skits and demonstrated against the TPP at Senator Ron Wyden’s district office in Medford Oregon.


Representatives from Big Pharma give their thanks to Senator Ron Wyden for supporting the TPP.


The Boy Wonder Robin explains why the TPP is good for corporations like Wayne Enterprises. Rally outside Senator Ron Wyden’s offices in Medford Oregon.

Stand with Providence Nurses for FAIR CONTRACT! Information picket this Thursday!

2016 February 15
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The nurses at Providence Medford Medical Center are struggling for a fair contract and need our help. Our nurses provide critical care in the community and deserve a fair contract.  Help support Providence Nurses this Thursday, February 18th. The Oregon Nurses Association will hold an informational picket at Providence Medford Medical Center, 1111 Crater Lake Ave, Medford, from 7:30 am to 9:30 am and 3:30 pm to 5:30 pm.
The informational picket will be held on the sidewalk in front of the hospital and will not obstruct pedestrians or traffic. Come out and support our nurses and their fight for a fair contract.
For more information, contact Susan Bruce, Oregon Nurses Labor Relations Representative at 541-261-8359 or email Bruce@OregonRN.org.

Thank you for your support

Jobs With Justice March at Capitol Hill Calls for Higher Minimum Wage and Fair Scheduling

2016 February 12
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Organizers from Southern Oregon attending the Jobs With Justice National Conference in Washington, D.C., joined the justice march on Capitol Hill, where protesters called for fair scheduling and family wages for D.C.’s working poor.

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Walmart concedes unfair labor practices at Klamath Falls store

2015 December 14
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walmart1We are glad to report that management at Walmart store in Klamath Falls were forced to concede their unfair labor practice allegations.  Notices are being placed to tell workers what their rights are.

According to fired Walmart worker Ishmael Nunez:

We are winning at Walmart store # 1772
We won our ULP and store manager Kelly cooper has to accepted we have rights and walmart is not about the law
Respect us or
Expect us
Who’s walmart?


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Ismael was fired earlier this year for discipline problems after he participated in labor actions for living wages.

Community members have rallied to support Ish and other disciplined workers.