No Cuts to PERS & Health Care for Oregon Public Workers: TAX THE CORPORATIONS !
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Oregon Democrats want to balance the state budget on the back of its public employees and those receiving public services, instead of taxing the wealthy and corporations. Pending legislation would slash health care and pension (PERS) for thousands of working families. We say ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!
The state budget crisis is not the result of worker benefits (which have been continually cut) but a crisis in leadership, where politicians have failed to raise any significant revenue from the wealthy. Oregon’s corporate tax rate remains tied for the lowest in the nation.
According to the Register Guard, Democratic leaders want to take as much as 4% of the 6% PERS contribution, while drastically limiting the state’s contribution to health care. Together these cuts will cost employees thousands per year, and make health care unaffordable and retirement impossible.
Unlike top administrators, most public employees struggle financially to make ends meet, and thousands make less than $15/hr. It's immoral to scapegoat public employees, again, for yet another budget crisis that is the result of poor governance.
The big public employees unions--OEA, AFSCME, SEIU-- must refuse any cooperation with these cuts and actively oppose them, using all available means.
We insist that Governor Kate Brown, House Speaker Tina Kotek, Senators Ginny Burdick, Peter Courtney and other Democratic leaders stand up for working families, by taxing the wealthy and corporations and NOT targeting public workers.
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