MEASURE 68


ARGUMENT IN FAVOR

VOTE YES ON MEASURE 68

TO STRENGTHEN PRISON WORK REQUIREMENTS

This measure improves the provisions of the Oregon Constitution which require that state prisoners work full-time.

I was co-author and chief petitioner of the original Measure 17, passed by an overwhelming margin in the November 1994 election. This was the original constitutional amendment requiring state prisoners to work full-time and requiring that income from their work be used to pay for their incarceration, pay restitution to victims, pay fines, and provide for family support obligations.

When Measure 17 passed, just over 20 percent of state prisoners were working full-time. Now over 70 percent of state prisoners are working full-time.

Measure 68 improves the prison work system in two ways. First, it eliminates the Prison Industries Board (composed of the Governor, Treasurer, and Secretary of State) and instead puts the Director of Corrections in charge of prison work programs.

With the Director of Corrections in full command of prison work programs, we will have complete accountability through one person.

The second change to the constitutional provisions makes it clear that the Director of Corrections may consider the impact of prison work on the private sector and on programs employing persons with developmental disabilities. There have been some interpretations that we cannot use common sense in considering these factors. This measure makes it clear that the Director of Corrections may apply common sense and discretion in setting up prison work programs.

This measure has strong bipartisan support from Democratic and Republican members of the House and Senate. It has the strong support of business and labor. It is a positive refinement of an already successful program.

Please vote yes on Measure 68.

Kevin L. Mannix
State Representative

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ARGUMENT IN FAVOR

VOTE YES ON 68 ­ STOP CONVICTS FROM TAKING AWAY JOBS

The Plumbing and Mechanical Contractors Association urges you to vote YES on Measure 68 to stop the practice of allowing prison labor to be used to compete with existing businesses.

We represent over 200 small businesses here in Oregon, most of them having five or less employees. We don't mind competition in business ­ but we do mind competing for an honest job with companies that employ prisoners.

Oregon's current law allows companies, including ones from out-of-state, to use cheaply paid prison labor to compete against legitimate local businesses and take away jobs.

This is wrong.

Convicted felons like thieves, drug addicts and rapists, serving time in prison shouldn't be used to compete with legitimate small businesses and deny law abiding workers a job.

Our small businesses and their skilled employees work hard to make an honest living. We invest countless hours and dollars in training, safety, and community service. We are a positive part of our communities across the state and yet are being penalized by the use of forced, taxpayer subsidized prison labor by less scrupulous competitors.

Have the prisoners clean up graffiti and trash or other types of work that doesn't compete with that of honest citizens. Don't continue to reward prisoners and companies that use them at the expense of our families and communities.

PLEASE VOTE YES ON MEASURE 68

William Sikora
Plumbing and Mechanical Contractors Association

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ARGUMENT IN FAVOR

YES ON 68 - FOR OREGON'S SAKE

When I, and the majority of Oregonians, voted to require that prisoners must work I never thought that it would result in law-abiding citizens losing skilled jobs. I never dreamed that out of state contractors could hire cheap prison labor to directly compete with local Oregon businesses. I never thought that by requiring criminals to work we would actually hurt our neighbors and community. But that is just what is happening.

The law currently allows companies to use prison labor to directly compete with law-abiding citizens and businesses. We cannot allow this to continue. People in our local communities are losing out on job opportunities. They are being displaced from jobs by convicted felons in prison - thieves, rapists, drug addicts.

That's not what we wanted when we voted to require prisoners to work. We wanted convicted felons to do things like cleaning up our roads, parks and forests.

Ballot Measure 68 will fix the law to do what we intended. Don't allow convicted criminals in prison to continue to harm Oregon!

Join me in voting yes on BM 68 - for Oregon's Sake.

Matt Walters
Business Manager
UA Plumbers & Steamfitters Local 290

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ARGUMENT IN FAVOR

STOP CHEAP FORCED LABOR BY CONVICTS FROM HURTING HONEST BUSINESSES - VOTE YES ON 68

Our current laws have a flaw that is hurting businesses in Oregon.

Convicted criminals while in prison are now being allowed to take away skilled jobs from honest, hard working, law abiding businesses and workers

How can this be happening?

Unfortunately, the law voters approved requiring convicts to work while they are in prison did not specify that this work was not to compete with existing businesses and skilled workers.

Most voters really meant for prisoners to do unskilled work for the public good ­ things like cleaning up parks and roads. They didn't mean that prisoners should be used as cheap, taxpayer subsidized forced labor to compete against local businesses and displace highly trained workers who have earned the right to do skilled family-wage jobs.

Competition in business is a good thing, but using incarcerated felons - like thieves, drug addicts and rapists - as a low cost way to compete shouldn't be allowed.

Voting yes on Measure 68 will stop prisoners from taking skilled jobs away from our local businesses and honest citizens.

VOTE YES ON MEASURE 68!

(This information furnished by Tim Gauthier, Oregon ­ Columbia Chapter of the National Electrical Contractors Association.)

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ARGUMENT IN FAVOR

Letting convicts take away jobs is just plain wrong ­ Vote yes on 68 to stop it.

When Oregonians voted to require prisoners to work we didn't mean for them to compete with law-abiding citizens and businesses. But the law is flawed and is letting this happen.

I represent over 3000 electricians and their families throughout Oregon. We care about crime and our communities. I worked long and hard to earn the right to be a skilled Journeyman Electrician. I did so after serving my country in the military, while raising a family, and suffering through good economic times and bad ­ and all the while abiding by and respecting the laws of this country and the state of Oregon.

I firmly believe that if you commit a crime you go to jail. And I firmly believe that convicted prisoners should work. But criminals should not be used for work that directly competes with law abiding workers and established businesses.

Letting companies compete for business using cheap labor from convicted criminals not only takes away jobs but also reduces taxes paid to our state and local governments and hurts local businesses. This doesn't make sense. Out of state contractors are using this loophole to undermine our local workforce.

We need to fix the law by voting YES on MEASURE 68. Measure 68 will stop prison labor from competing with existing local workers and businesses.

Support Oregon's communities, workers, and businesses and vote yes on measure 68. It's the right thing to do.

Jerry Bruce, Business Manager
International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 68

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ARGUMENT IN FAVOR

STOP CONVICTED PRISONERS FROM CONTINUING
TO HARM OREGON

VOTE YES ON BALLOT MEASURE 68

After a criminal is convicted and locked up in one of our prisons they can no longer hurt law abiding Oregonians ­ right?

Wrong!

The law we passed to require prisoners to work while in prison has backfired and needs fixed. Prisoners are now being used to provide cheap labor to directly compete with Oregon's workers and businesses.

The result is convicted thieves, rapists, and drug dealers are taking jobs away from skilled workers and harming local economies. This isn't right. This isn't what we had in mind when voted for prisoners to work.

We meant for them to clean up our roads and parks and do things that don't compete with established businesses and their loyal employees.

Vote yes on Measure 68 to fix the current law

Voting Yes on 68 will prohibit prison labor from displacing or significantly reducing preexisting private enterprise and workers.

Don't let convicted criminals continue to hurt our citizens and communities from behind bars. Vote yes on measure 68 to keep Oregon safe and law-abiding citizens working.

(This information furnished by Bob Shiprack, Oregon State Building and Construction Trades Council.)

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ARGUMENT IN FAVOR

AFSCME Council 75

Oregon voters did not expect convicts to take away jobs from the general public when Ballot Measure 17 was passed in 199_. That's why we support Ballot Measure 68 this November.

Measure 68 doesn't do away with Measure 17, it just offers some important "fine-tuning" that Oregonians should support.

Measure 17 said inmates must work, and we support that concept. We believe it's good for prison crews to be out cleaning roadsides, picking up litter, cleaning parks and repairing storm damage and doing other menial, manual labor. It's an important aspect of having these people repay their debt to society.

But supporters of Measure 17, we are sure, never meant for murderers, rapists and others to be taking away good-paying jobs from honest Oregonians who need them. Law-abiding citizens certainly should have first priority.

Measure 68 will do just that. Measure 68 will instill some needed flexibility to the language contained in Measure 17. The law needs to be fixed so that the Oregon Department of Corrections can properly focus on exactly which jobs prisoners can and cannot do. Convicted criminals are already living off of taxpayer money; we don't need them to go out and "steal" our jobs on top of it!

Let's be clear: inmates will still be working. They just won't have the ability to take good jobs away from the general public. That's an unintended consequence of Measure 17, and fixing that problem is what Ballot Measure 68 is all about.

Vote YES on 68!

(This information furnished by Margaret Hughes, Oregon AFSCME Council 75.)

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ARGUMENT IN FAVOR

For Oregon's Sake, Vote Yes on 68

Do you know what is happening in your backyard? In your cities, in your towns and in your communities? All throughout Oregon? Criminals are taking family wage jobs away from hardworking, law abiding citizens. This does not make sense.

It gets worse. The people leading the charge to take these jobs away are out of state contractors. That's right, your taxpayer money is subsidizing out of state contractors to hire convicts to perform work for them.

Criminals are in jail for a reason, they broke the law. Once behind bars, why should they be given the opportunity to take away our jobs? The answer is common sense, they shouldn't be given this opportunity.

Please join me in the fight to keep Oregon's criminals and out of state contractors from stealing jobs from honest, hard working Oregonians!

Support your community, Vote Yes on Measure 68.

Mark Holliday
Operating Engineers Local 701

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ARGUMENT IN FAVOR

Vote Yes on 68 to stop murderers, rapists and molesters from taking family wage jobs from hard-working, law abiding citizens.

Can this be true? Sadly, it is true and happening all over our great state of Oregon.

Currently, Oregon law allows companies to use prison labor to directly compete for family wage jobs that otherwise law abiding citizens would otherwise be hired to do. This puts people in our communities out of work. Criminals are being put to work, while honest, hard working citizens go unemployed.

Excuse me, but...........what?

Putting criminals to work is a great idea, but not when it takes jobs away from law abiding citizens. These criminals are given the right to perform technical jobs that honest, hard working citizens are professionally trained for years to earn the right to work in our industry.

When Oregonians voted for inmate labor, they intended it be for cleaning roads, picking up litter, cleaning parks and manual labor. Not taking away family wage jobs of people who have been professionally trained.

Help save jobs for law abiding citizens.

Vote Yes on 68.

Paddy Barry
Ironworkers Local 29

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ARGUMENT IN FAVOR

Hard working Oregonians and local small businesses need your help ­ Vote Yes on Ballot Measure 68

    Out-of-state contractors are abusing a loophole here in Oregon. They are using criminals in prison to take construction jobs away from local contractors and hard-working, honest Oregonians.

    When we all voted to make Oregon prisoners work while they served time, we never imagined they would be taking jobs away from law-abiding Oregonians, but this is exactly what is happening.

    This measure would still require prisoners to work, but not at the expense of Oregon families. The criminals would be doing what we originally imagined, picking up trash and painting over graffiti.

This measure would fix the problem and give Oregonians their jobs back. For the sake of all the hard working, law-abiding Oregonians, join me in voting Yes on Ballot Measure 68.

(This information furnished by Robert Blake, Columbia Chapter of the Sheet Metal Air Conditioning National Association - SMACNA.)

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ARGUMENT IN FAVOR

DO WHAT IS FAIR

LET COMMON SENSE PREVAIL

VOTE YES ON BALLOT MEASURE 68

BALLOT MEASURE 68 IS AN ISSUE OF FAIRNESS.

THE MEN AND WOMEN WHO BELONG TO OUR UNION WORK FOR YEARS TO BECOME EXPERTS AT THEIR JOBS TO BE ABLE TO PROVIDE A STEADY FAMILY WAGE, HEALTH CARE AND RETIREMENT BENEFITS FOR THEIR FAMILIES AND THEIR FUTURE. THESE ARE HONEST PEOPLE. THEY DESERVE A FAIR OPPORTUNITY TO WORK IN THEIR PROFESSION.

CONVICTS DO NOT DESERVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO TAKE AWAY JOBS. THEY ARE CRIMINALS. THEY ARE BEHIND BARS FOR A REASON. ALLOWING CRIMINALS TO TAKE OUR JOBS PUTS HARDWORKING, PROFESSIONALLY TRAINED OREGONIANS AND THEIR FAMILIES AT RISK FOR LOSING JOBS.

I HAVE EXPERIENCED FIRSTHAND HOW DEVASTATING THIS LAW CAN BE. I HAVE SEEN HARDWORKING, HONEST INDIVIDUALS OUT-OF-WORK, WHILE CRIMINALS WERE BEING USED TO PERFORM WORK WE ARE TRAINED TO DO.

THIS IS NOT FAIR.

WE CARE ABOUT OUR COMMUNITIES. WE CARE ABOUT OUR FAMILIES. WE CARE ABOUT OUR JOBS.

FOR ALL OF THESE REASONS, PLEASE VOTE YES ON BALLOT MEASURE 68.

THIS IS AN ISSUE OF FAIRNESS.

(This information furnished by William S. Wilkerson, Linoleum, Carpet & Soft Tile Applicators Local Union No. 1236.)

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ARGUMENT IN FAVOR

Oregon voters did not expect convicts to take away jobs from the general public when Ballot Measure 17 was passed. That's why we support Ballot Measure 68 this November.

Measure 68 doesn't do away with Measure 17, it just offers some important "fine-tuning" that Oregonians should support.

Measure 17 said inmates must work, and we support that concept. We believe it's good for prison crews to be out cleaning roadsides, picking up litter, cleaning parks and doing other menial, manual labor. It's an important aspect of having these people repay their debt to society.

But supporters of Measure 17, we are sure, never meant for murderers, rapists and others to be taking away good-paying jobs from honest Oregonians who need them. Law-abiding citizens certainly should have first priority.

Measure 68 will do just that. Measure 68 will instill some needed flexibility to the language contained in Measure 17. The law needs to be fixed so that the Oregon Department of Corrections can properly focus on exactly which jobs prisoners can and cannot do. Convicted criminals are already living off of taxpayer money; we don't need them to go out and "steal" our jobs on top of it!

Let's be clear: Inmates will still be working. They just won't have the right or the ability to take good jobs away from the general public. That's an unintended consequence of Measure 17, and fixing that problem is what Ballot Measure 68 is all about.

Vote YES on 68!

(This information furnished by Lawrence D. Taylor, Chair, Multnomah County Democratic Central Committee.)

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