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2021 SESSION BILLS: SB 621

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SENATE BILL 621:

Anti-Union Workarounds

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Background: In November 2020, Portland voters approved a Charter amendment that created a special disciplinary body for police officers.  According to that measure, the next step would be to establish this body through a bargaining process.  Instead, the City of Portland is going straight to the State Legislature in an effort to cut line officers and their union out of the process and exempt local governments from this part of the state's Collective Bargaining laws.

THANK YOU Rep. wallan!

Thank you everyone who wrote in about SB 621!  The House Judiciary Committee recently passed this measure to the floor after Democrats pretended to entertain Rep. Kim Wallan's amendment to improve the bill but then withdrew the amendment at the last minute after turning off the public's video feed.  We appreciate Rep. Wallan's efforts to improve the measure, as well as those who voted against the bill.

This is another example of the legislature playing switcheroo with the people's business, as we are excluded from the Capitol Building and they are able to turn off the video feed to mask what's occurring behind the scenes.

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