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Governor comes out swinging against ballot measure that would give state workers right to stop paying union dues

Gov. Kitzhaber at Labor Day Rally

Gov. Kitzhaber at Labor Day Rally

Claiming that a proposed new ballot measure seeks to weaken labor unions in Oregon, Governor John Kitzhaber, at a Labor Day union rally, called the measure, authored by Portland lawyer Joyce Gibson Odell, an effort to turn Oregon into a “right to work” state. “Well, ‘right to work’ means you have the right to be exploited and ripped off, work at unsafe jobs, get low wages and no benefits.” The governor said the measure, which has yet to acquire enough signatures to get on the ballot, is aimed squarely at well paying jobs in Oregon.

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