Too difficult for seniors to get vaccinated
It has been almost impossible for seniors to get vaccine appointments in Oregon. In fact, we are significantly behind surrounding states in our rate of vaccinations among the 65 and older population. Lack of internet and computer use, extreme demand and seniors temporarily moved to the back of the line to prioritize teachers have led us to this point.
With two grandchildren in the Oregon school system, I completely support teachers becoming vaccinated. However, I also believe the state needs to balance our doses between vulnerable populations and teachers. The fact is COVID-19 is disproportionately more dangerous for seniors.
Health care distributors have brought over 1.5 million doses of three different vaccines to our state, and more is promised by the Biden Administration. Distributors already have relationships with pharmacies, hospitals and other care facilities so it seems to me our state government should lean on these same logistics experts to help distribute the vaccines across Oregon.
I hope our lawmakers will soon address the growing concern among our state's senior community and get us vaccinated. The state has a reliable partner in healthcare distributors; they should use them.
PRO Act would hurt businesses, employees
Graham Trainor and Reyna Lopez have it all wrong in arguing that the Protecting the Right to Organize Act (The PRO Act) is about "protecting workers' ability to choose to belong to a union." (Opinion: Working Oregonians deserve leaders who stand with them, 3/5/2021).
In fact, the bill, which has already passed the Democratic-controlled House, would deny workers across the country the right to decide for themselves whether they want to reject union membership and payment of union fees. Currently, in right-to-work states employees are free to choose whether they wish to pay union dues and the dues payment cannot be a condition of employment.
The PRO Act would also override and invalidate right-to-work laws now in place in the majority of states, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. Under the PRO Act, unions could even seek the termination of an employee who refused to pay union fees.
In short, this bill would cripple the competitive capabilities of American businesses.
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