Even though her identity as a union member remains key to her message, labor has largely abandoned Portland City Councilor Amanda Fritz.
Firefighters, police and other city workers this year have endorsed Fritz’s main challenger, state Rep. Mary Nolan (D-Southwest Portland). That means unions are opening their checkbooks—and unleashing their members as volunteers—against Fritz.
Nolan has already taken a $20,000 donation from the firefighters’ union, the biggest donation in the race so far.
Labor leaders say Fritz hasn’t been there for them on key issues, from wages and benefits to city services critical to doing their jobs.