On Tuesday, 10 July, Portland was honored with a labor-activism double-hitter. In the morning a number of labor, environmental, religious and community groups held a press conference on the waterfront to announce the launch of a campaign to convince Oregon's congressional delegation to vote against Fast Track legislation. |
At noon, employees of the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ), joined by members of a broad array of unions, staged a rally in Pioneer Courthouse Square to highlight the low wages of DEQ employees, and to demand a living wage. It was a day marked by colorful solidarity and boisterous spirits which showed that, in the words of one speaker, "Portland is a union town".