Timber industry backs union initiative

Timber industry backs union initiative

Much of the support coming in for a ballot initiative to let public employees refuse to pay union dues is from the timber industry.

Although Stimson Lumber has given hundreds of thousands of dollars to Republican candidates and causes across the state over the years (including more than $500,000 to gubernatorial candidate Chris Dudley in 2010), Freres has a more modest donation history.

Supporting this potential ballot measure means two things to him: protecting freedom of choice and striking back against Oregon’s political establishment.

“I’m not anti-union,” he said. “I just believe members should have the freedom of association.”

Read more at The Statesman Journal.