Drop Bullard Law! Recognize the Union for Sustainable Economy!

John Talberth and Daphne Wysham

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We are community members and leaders in Oregon’s environmental justice and labor movements and we write to you now in the deepest solidarity with the staff of the Center for a Sustainable Economy. Recently, the workers at CSE delivered a letter demonstrating unanimous support for their union, the Union for a Sustainable Economy, and asked to be voluntarily recognized.

It is with grave disappointment and outrage that we learned of your response, which included both a refusal to recognize USE as well as retaliation against them for their efforts to organize. Similarly, your decision to hire the infamous union-busting law firm, Bullard Law, shows your nonprofit’s claim to “support workers’ rights” to be a dubious proposition. Each moment that is continued in your groundless refusal to recognize the Union is choosing instead to side with for-profit corporate wrongdoers who advertise “union-avoidance” services on their website.

Bullard Law was recently responsible for union-busting efforts against the Little Big Union, which included terminations of employees and intimidation for union activity.  Tactics which we are dismayed to hear you have blessed Bullard to employ against workers at CSE.

Hiring a union-busting firm is a direct contradiction of our core values as members of Oregon’s environmental justice and labor movements. We are disturbed to our core that you would engage in union-busting against environmental workers who are on the front-line of efforts to secure a Green New Deal and a sustainable economy that works for all.

Management and the Board - who hold fiduciary responsibility and who are entrusted with fulfilling its mission- at the Center for Sustainable Economy can and must do better.

We demand that the Center for Sustainable Economy immediately do the following, to restore their good name as upstanding members of Oregon’s environmental justice and labor movements:

  1. Voluntarily recognize USE, on acceptable terms, as the unanimous voice of CSE staff, and a bargaining unit of CWA Local 7901
  2. Reverse the retaliatory suspension of a Union member
  3. Immediately terminate the  relationship with pernicious union-busting firm, Bullard Law, and commit to bargaining in good faith
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To: John Talberth and Daphne Wysham
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We are community members and leaders in Oregon’s environmental justice and labor movements and we write to you now in the deepest solidarity with the staff of the Center for a Sustainable Economy. Recently, the workers at CSE delivered a letter demonstrating unanimous support for their union, the Union for a Sustainable Economy, and asked to be voluntarily recognized.

It is with grave disappointment and outrage that we learned of your response, which included both a refusal to recognize USE as well as retaliation against them for their efforts to organize. Similarly, your decision to hire the infamous union-busting law firm, Bullard Law, shows your nonprofit’s claim to “support workers’ rights” to be a dubious proposition. Each moment that is continued in your groundless refusal to recognize the Union is choosing instead to side with for-profit corporate wrongdoers who advertise “union-avoidance” services on their website.

Bullard Law was recently responsible for union-busting efforts against the Little Big Union, which included terminations of employees and intimidation for union activity. Tactics which we are dismayed to hear you have blessed Bullard to employ against workers at CSE.

Hiring a union-busting firm is a direct contradiction of our core values as members of Oregon’s environmental justice and labor movements. We are disturbed to our core that you would engage in union-busting against environmental workers who are on the front-line of efforts to secure a Green New Deal and a sustainable economy that works for all.

Management and the Board - who hold fiduciary responsibility and who are entrusted with fulfilling its mission- at the Center for Sustainable Economy can and must do better.

We demand that the Center for Sustainable Economy immediately do the following, to restore their good name as upstanding members of Oregon’s environmental justice and labor movements:

1. Voluntarily recognize USE, on acceptable terms, as the unanimous voice of CSE staff, and a bargaining unit of CWA Local 7901

2. Reverse the retaliatory suspension of a Union member

3. Immediately terminate the relationship with pernicious union-busting firm, Bullard Law, and commit to bargaining in good faith