"And I'm here," he continued, "to ask you to work with me over the next year to fight ... to keep our labor movement strong, to build our middle class and make Oregon the state that launches the comeback of organized labor across the United States of America."
As The Oregonian's Jeff Mapes reported, Oregon AFL-CIO President Tom Chamberlain was inspired to remark, "Damn, governor, you sounded like the president of the AFL-CIO."
The governor would like to ease a relationship with labor strained by his pursuit of PERS reform, perhaps with an eye toward a re-election campaign next year. Spending political capital, which he has in abundance, to defeat an initiative unions fear is a good way to make nice.
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