What's Inside: Predictive scheduling takes away my choice, Problem solved thanks to 'My Gresham' app.

CONTRIBUTED - Rep. Chris Gorsek, D-Troutdale, Rep. Laurie Monnes Anderson, D-Gresham, smile for the camera.On Wednesday, June 7, Rep. Chris Gorsek and I were thrilled at the opportunity to join in welcoming Amazon to our community with leaders from Amazon, Troutdale Mayor Casey Ryan, City Council members, as well as Bill Wyatt and other representatives from the Port of Portland.

Amazon will be a strong economic engine and a strong participant in our communities.

It already has shown its participation by donating $5,000 to the Reynolds School District and committing to hiring veterans and local residents, providing health benefits from the first day of hire and more.

Amazon will bring more than 1,500 good-paying jobs to our communities.

Welcome, Amazon! We are so glad you are here.

Sen. Laurie Monnes Anderson


Predictive scheduling takes away my choice

Some are drawn to retail for a chance to pick up hours to supplement their income. Moms like flexible hours to supplement their holiday shopping budgets without the expense of child care. And students like the ability to work part time around their ever-changing school schedules.

These are just three examples of flexibility and part-time employment by choice.

Rep. Carla Piluso, sponsor of Senate Bill 828, is heck bent on taking that flexibility and choice away. Being able to work with an employer to accommodate flexibility is the current mode of business operations — working together, hand-in-hand, employer to employee.

SB 828 will drive a wedge between that working relationship and put a knife in the heart of helping each other.

Not every day of work is fun or even fair. Punishing those who are choosing to work in a flexible environment is not fair.

It is my understanding that this bill is a top priority of labor unions. I am glad they are looking out for their members, but please let the rest of us work together with each other in a cooperative way, not a coercive environment.

I am "prochoice." My choice may be to work part time, making last-minute decisions when necessary, with a boss who wants to help and accommodate my schedule.

Rep. Piluso, please think twice about taking my "prochoice" ability away.

Chelsey Smith


Problem solved

Yesterday I contacted the city of Gresham via the "My Gresham" app regarding squatters in a neighboring yard. Today the issue was resolved.

Thanks to a city, that works.

Jackie Bennett