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Ron Wyden

Editorials from around Oregon

The Bend Bulletin, Sept. 18, on making union dues voluntary for public employees: Oregonians may not be asked to decide if this should be a so-called right-to-work state next year. The chief sponsor of a ballot measure that would make union dues voluntary for public employees has said she's considering dropping the initiative. Jill Gibson, a Portland lawyer who has worked on similar proposals in the past, is unhappy with the ballot title for her petition written by the Secretary of State's Office. Among her complaints is a portion of the title that says "non-union public employees may benefit from union bargaining without sharing representation costs." The secretary of...