Using the forced-union dues scheme allowed by Oregon state law, Big Labor bosses, led by the public workers union, spent thousands of dollars pushing candidates in the state’s primary elections. Their political largess nominated big union puppets throughout the state.
The Oregonian described it as “a monster victory . . . that helped solidify their role as one of the state’s top power brokers. . . . The outcome left Republicans grumbling about the increasing influence of unions in state government. And it left little doubt that labor’s agenda will get red-carpet treatment when the 2009 Legislature meets in January.”
That agenda includes more forced-union dues from workers and more bargaining power for union bosses.