Efforts to weaken unions focus on Oregon

Efforts to weaken unions focus on Oregon

Conservatives and business groups are targeting Oregon, Missouri and Ohio for new efforts to weaken labor unions.

The strategy of appealing to voters could avoid a redo of the massive union-led protests that clogged some Midwestern capitols where Republicans recently enacted other anti-labor proposals. It also could result in a multimillion-dollar advertising battle between businesses and labor unions waged on several fronts at the same time.

“There’s national money to be had, and there are large donors in the state that definitely want to move forward,” said Jill Gibson Odell, a Portland, Ore., attorney who is sponsoring an initiative to restrict union fees for public employees in her state.

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