Ballot Measures

The following are ballot measures for the upcoming election on November third that Jobs with Justice Portland Strongly Supports:

Yes for Real Police Accountability, Measure 26-217!

As a pro-worker, pro-union coalition, we believe our role is to advance social justice for all Oregonians. We are emphatically pro-accountability for police, who, as public servants, have a responsibility to be accountable to the citizens they serve. This November, Portland has a chance to establish a truly independent, empowered, civilian police review board that will provide real accountability and can directly impact policy. Portland’s current system of police oversight bodies has failed to center the community, but with the oversight Board created by Real Police Accountability, we can actually hold police to the higher standard to which we know they must answer. With the extraordinary powers police are given to detain, arrest, and use deadly force, officers also carry grave responsibility to ensure their actions are free from racism and discrimination in any form.

To learn more about the ballot measure for Real Police Accountability, Click Here.
This vital work is made possible by people like you who contribute their unique backgrounds, talents and skill sets. Sign up to volunteer today! Labor endorsements include:

Service Employees International Union State Council
Portland Association of Teachers
Oregon Federation of Nurses & Health Professionals
Portland State University – American Association of University Professors
American Federation of Musicians Local 99
American Federation of Teachers – Oregon

Portlanders for Parks – YES on Measure 26-213!

This November, we have the opportunity to take a critical first step towards fulfilling our shared vision for more stable parks and recreation services that can better serve all Portlanders. This measure—a five-year local option levy—is essential to protect our parks and natural areas, re-open community centers and pools, protect essential programs for families with lower incomes, and provide the recreation services we all count on. PP&R has the City of Portland’s largest—and one of the most diverse—workforces, and the bureau is the city’s largest summer employer of youth. But as a result of the COVID-related closures, 1,700 recreation program employees were either laid off or not hired for the summer. This levy will prevent further job cuts for the frontline parks workers who care for our parks and provide recreation services.

Learn more at the campaign page here!

Yes on Preschool for All, Measure 26-214!

Preschool for All will create a universal, high-quality, and tuition-free preschool system in Multnomah County for all three and four-year-olds that prioritizes families with the last access today. All children deserve investment in reaching their potential–and we know our whole community will benefit from this investment.

Together, we can make this vision a reality for children and families in Multnomah County by voting YES to Preschool for All, Measure 26-214, this November. Pledge to vote YES!

Can you help get the word out to to pass this monumental anti-poverty measure? Help by phonebanking from the comfort of your home!Every session includes a training – no experience necessary!

More Treatment. A Better Oregon. Yes on Measure 110!

Jobs with Justice is proud to be part of a large coalition that includes racial justice, health equity, faith, and labor organizations in support of Measure 110. We’re all urging you to help us win a more humane, equitable and effective approach to drugs in Oregon.

Measure 110 will save lives. If approved in November, it would shift Oregon to a health-based approach to drugs. Right now, people addicted to drugs get arrests and criminal records that break apart families and ruin lives. From nearly the worst in access to drug treatment, Measure 110 can make Oregon the first to expand services, paying for them with marijuana tax revenue, and reducing criminal penalties for possession. Join us in voting YES on Measure 110! Research shows Measure 110 will reduce racial disparities in drug arrests in Oregon by 95%.

Click Here to read this Op-Ed by Stacy Chamberlain, Executive Director of Oregon AFSCME Council 75 on why this measure is a priority for workers, their families, and our communities as a whole.
Join the campaign to give Oregonians a path to recovery!

Let’s Get Moving with Measure 26-218!

This November, Portland-area voters will have the opportunity to vote on a proposed transportation funding measure known as Let’s Get Moving 2020!

If passed, the proposed Measure 26-218 would fund safety, transit and other transportation corridor projects in Multnomah, Washington, and Clackamas County through a payroll tax on large businesses. This measure will allow us to leverage 2B to create tens of thousands of jobs and rebuild our local economy. This measure centers racial equity by funding transportation investments in underserved communities, including the region’s first rapid bus network, and addresses climate change by expanding alternatives to driving alone. With devastating wildfires and extreme temperatures, our communities can’t wait on investments in public transportation and safe walking routes that will curb carbon emissions from transportation, the largest emitter of carbon in Oregon. Through the efforts of the 60 members of the Getting There Together coalition, Metro has incorporated our communities’ needs more than ever. This package would provide 37,500 jobs for the region, and would only charge the top 9% of wealthy corporations.

To take action for Let’s Get Moving, Click Here!

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