by Matt Hilton
The local 328 barbeque was a huge success. For those of you who missed it, the celebration took place on Wednesday August 10th from 11am-1:30pm in front of the Mac Hall fountain. There was a fantastic turnout with over 300 AFSCME represented employees who attended. We also had visits from Multnomah County Sheriff Bernie Gusto, staff from the offices of Oregon Representative David Wu, and Senator Ron Wyden.
It was a wonderful event! Marquam hill catering did a fantastic job preparing the food. There were hamburgers, garden burgers, and hot dogs. They were delicious, nice and hot, and fresh off the grill with all the fixing’s. There was also potato salad, fresh fruit, and cookie plates that were scrumptious. In addition to the food, there were several tables staffed by various committees from the local. (Political Action, Diversity, Stewards, and Community Relations)
Visitors had a chance to speak with AFSCME committee members, elected officials, or their staff. They were given the opportunity to register to vote, to learn more about social security privatization, and sign a petition to protect it. There was information being circulated about the Labor Day picnic at Oaks Park. Guest were also able to sign membership cards to join AFSCME local 328, as well hear about the AFSCME PEOPLE program and receive a free jacket if they choose to fill a PEOPLE card and make a contribution.
I particularly enjoyed the feeling of solidarity that radiated from the event. I loved seeing so many green AFSCME shirts! It was wonderful talking with so many members, and seeing so many local activists. There was a concern that it could rain that day, but by the end of the event the sun was brightly shining against blue skies.
It was a great time!