Democratic Party of Oregon Labor Caucus Endorses Val Hoyle for Labor Commissioner
April 18, 2017
PORTLAND — The Democratic Party of Oregon Labor Caucus today released their official endorsement of Val Hoyle for Commissioner of the Bureau of Labor and Industries. Labor Caucus Chair Donna Nyberg released the following statement:
“The Labor Caucus is proud to endorse Val Hoyle to be Oregon’s next Labor Commissioner. Val knows what it’s like to be a low-wage worker and a working mom. She is the only candidate in this race with statewide leadership experience and a track record of delivering for Oregon’s working families. In the Legislature, Val served as House Majority Leader and led the fight to increase Oregon’s minimum wage, passed paid sick days legislation, and provided tens of millions of dollars in new funding for career and technical education (CTE) in school districts across the state.”
“Val also has 25 years of experience in the private sector and knows the important role that the Labor Commissioner plays in ensuring that businesses have the support and information they need to comply with the law. She has the experience, the track record of statewide leadership, and the values that we need in our next Labor Commissioner.”
The mission of the Democratic Party of Oregon Labor Caucus, through its members and activities is to: represent the political interests and views of Organized Labor within the Democratic Party of Oregon; promote the Democratic Party of Oregon’s agenda on labor issues as defined by its platform, resolutions and legislative agenda; provide opportunities for supporters of Labor rights to seek political appointments or elected office, paid or unpaid; provide networking and meeting opportunities for Democrats who support the full range of Labor rights; and serve as a forum to inform, recognize and counter any assault on collective bargaining or organizing rights or general trade union principles and practices in Oregon.
The Democratic Party of Oregon Labor Caucus joins a broad coalition of support behind Val, including the Oregon AFL-CIO, Planned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon, Oregon Nurses Association, Oregon State Fire Fighters Council, Oregon Education Association, Sierra Club, Basic Rights Oregon Equality PAC, Oregon Building Trades Council, Associated General Contractors, EMILY’s List, Oregon Concrete and Aggregate Producers Association, Pacific Northwest Regional Council of Carpenters, Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Locals 503 and 49, United Food and Commercial Workers Local 555, IBEW Local 48, Pineros Campesinos Unidos del Noroeste (PCUN), and many other organizations across the state.
Val served in the Oregon House of Representatives from 2009 to 2017, representing House District 14, including West Eugene and Junction City. She was elected House Majority Leader by her colleagues and shepherded an impressive agenda that spurred economic growth and increased funding for education, job training and infrastructure projects.
Note: This endorsement was made under the Special Group Caucus bylaws of the Democratic Party of Oregon. This endorsement is from the Democratic Party of Oregon Labor Caucus and does not indicate an official endorsement by the Democratic Party of Oregon as a whole or the Party's State Central Committee.