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Innovative campaign to address outdated rules about work, wages, planning for our futures

PORTLAND, OR (October 2, 2014) – Fair Shot Oregon—a partnership of community groups and labor organizations tackling outdated and harmful rules about work, wages and planning for our futures—has just released its first candidate questionnaire. It was sent to all candidates running in state legislative races this November.

The Fair Shot Oregon Questionnaire addresses key priorities for the campaign, including: 1) raising the minimum wage; 2) ensuring all Oregonians earn paid sick days at work; 3) creating ways to make saving for retirement easier; 4) making sure women get equal pay for equal work; and 5) guaranteeing comprehensive, affordable reproductive health care for women.

Fed up with jobs that barely cover the bills and force Oregonians to choose between caring for our families and our financial security, Fair Shot Oregon will use completed questionnaires to educate voters on candidate view on these issues.

“We need to know if candidates will work to address  - not perpetuate - the challenges Oregon women and working families are experiencing every day,” said Andrea Paluso, Executive Director of Family Forward Action. “Are these the kind of leaders we can count on to give Oregonians a fair shot at getting ahead, not just getting by? Because that’s whom we need to elect.”

In addition to the questionnaire, Fair Shot Oregon is inviting candidates to attend town hall forums in Hillsboro, Medford and Salem later this month where they can make clear their views on these key issues.

“The Fair Shot Oregon Questionnaire is just one of many opportunities we are giving candidates to clarify where they stand on our issues,” said Heather Conroy, Executive Director of SEIU Local 503.

To learn more, visit www.fairshotoregon.org

About Fair Shot Oregon

Family Forward Action, Planned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon, The Mother PAC, AFSCME, Service Employees International Union, AFL-CIO, Oregon Education Association and Oregon Action have launched Fair Shot Oregon to create real solutions for Oregon women and working families. The coalition’s priorities include: 1) raising the minimum wage; 2) ensuring all Oregonians earn paid sick days; 3) creating ways to make saving for retirement easier; 4) making sure women get equal pay for equal work; and 5) guaranteeing comprehensive, affordable reproductive health care for women.




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AuthorMike Westling