Membership Decline Among
Nation's Largest Unions
SEIU 503 Included
(SALEM, Ore.) -- SEIU 503, Oregon's
largest labor union, has suffered one of the
nation's most dramatic membership declines
since the U.S. Supreme Court landmark
ruling last summer in Janus v. AFSCME.
In the wake of Janus, which eliminated
mandatory union dues or fees for
government employees, the Freedom
Foundation originally reported SEIU 503
had lost 21 percent of its members. In fact,
a more recent information request finds the
actual loss is 26 percent.
Freedom Foundation Oregon Director
Aaron Withe said even he was surprised
by the defection rate. In an interview with
Oregon Public Broadcasting, Withe said he
anticipated union losses would reach 20 to
30 percent in the first year.
Instead, it's taken only six months.
The state's official numbers debunk the
claims of the SEIU 503 Executive Director
Melissa Unger, who actually boasted a 2.2
Both SEIU's LM-2 report and the numbers
from the state expose her... [spin].
Much of the decline can be attributed to the
Freedom Foundation's aggressive outreach
efforts to public employees across Oregon
represented by SEIU 503.
"It's one thing to have the law on your side,"
Withe said. "It's something else to have to
the union respect it."
Following the Janus decision, SEIU 503
and other public-employee unions hatched
a variety of schemes to avoid compliance.
At first, they simply pretended it never
happened and refused to notify the workers
of their newly affirmed rights.
Later, as workers began to discover the
truth, the unions either lied to them, resisted
their opt-out requests or tricked them into
signing membership renewals that claimed
to be irrevocable.
In response, the Freedom Foundation
launched a full-scale outreach campaign
to public-sector employees in Oregon,
Washington and California to inform them
of their workplace rights.
The newly disclosed numbers show which
side has the more compelling case.
"The unions did everything they could to
prevent the Janus ruling from happening,"
"When the court ignored them and issued
the ruling anyway, they tried to invalidate it.
Finally, when all else failed, they resorted to
"None of it worked."
Oregon's Office of Small Business
Releases 2018 Annual Report
Secretary of State,
(SALEM, Ore.)-- Today, the Secretary
of State Small Business Advocacy Team
released their fifth Annual Report. The report
provides high-level data regarding concerns
and questions raised by businesses and
nonprofits about state and local government
throughout the 2018 calendar year.
The Small Business Advocates are housed
in the Office of Small Business Assistance,
part of the Corporations Division of the
Office of Secretary of State. Created by the
Legislature in 2013 and opened in 2014, the
office and its Advocacy Team work toward
solutions and finding answers for businesses
and nonprofits with zero to 100 employees.
"Small businesses are the lifeblood of
Oregon's economy, and we here at the
Secretary of State's office want to do all we
can to ensure their success," said Secretary
of State Dennis Richardson. "The Small
Business Advocacy Team is one of the
most valuable assets the state provides
to help small businesses navigate the red
tape of starting and maintaining a thriving
Oregon is one of just a handful of states that
provides this free, confidential service to the
business community. In addition to dealing
with concerns of business owners, the
Advocates also assist aspiring entrepreneurs
as they start their first business, working in
concert with existing technical assistance
and capital resources throughout the state.
"It's incredibly rewarding to work across
industry sectors and regulatory silos to solve
problems and find answers for business,"
said Small Business Advocate and Agency
Tribal Liaison Ruth Miles. "We're excited to
share with everyone the results of a year's
worth of hard work and the trends and data
gathered over the first five years of the team's
The 2018 report can be found online at
osba-annual-report.aspx along with copies
of previous years' annual reports.
To request assistance from the Small
Business Advocacy Team, go to: http://
sos.oregon.gov/BusinessSOS, call toll-free
1-844-469-5512, or email Business.SOS@
Local Author To Release Second Novel
A novel that's loosely based on a failed survival trip to Hawaii
Derek E. Keeling is
an award - winning journalist,
author, content writer, and social
media coordinator. He began his
love of writing as a teen and
it has since flourished into
a profound passion. His work has
been featured< in numerous
publications, including books,
magazines, newspapers, blogs,
websites, and more.
In his free time he enjoys
spending time with his beautiful
wife and daughter.
For Damon, his grand adventure is being
alone on an island. His plan was simple:
fly to a deserted island for a month, hone
his survival skills, and return home.
Unfortunately, on the way, his plane crashes
and leaves him alone on an island with no
chance of help or rescue. Damon must use
his skills to survive, but something watching
him from the jungle's edge seems to enjoy his
Damon's fight for survival doesn't
come easy in this action-packed adventure
that will leave you breathless. With twists
and turns that will keep you guessing, take
a trip with Damon to a ruthless place where
life struggles to survive and eyes stalk your
every move. Will Damon adapt? Or will the
unknown entity in the jungle become his
Author Derek E. Keeling's upcoming novel,
Nomad's Island, is loosely based on a trip the
author took to Hawaii in 2007. Keeling's goal
was to live in the jungle, survive off the land,
and hunt wild boars. Unfortunately, the trip
ended due to extenuating factors.
novel is based on the idea of someone
wanting to survive alone in a controlled
environment, only to be forced to survive
without a safety net. The novel takes a sharp
turn when the main character learns that
he's not alone.
Nomad's Island has action, adventure,
mystery, suspense, horror, and even roma
nce. Keeling's novel will keep readers palms
sweating as they uncover the truth about
Nomad's Island. Sometimes, however, the
truth can be difficult to accept. Nomad's
Island will be released on March 2, 2019.
"I'm very proud of how this story turned
out. Unfortunately for the reader, they'll
never expect the way this one unfolds .
when they think they have it figured out, the
knife will twist a little deeper in their mind."
-- Derek E. Keeling.