Over at the AFL-CIO website, president Tim Nesbitt posted this (excerpted):
I have decided to leave my position as president of the Oregon AFL-CIO.
As you know only too well, this is a time of dramatic change for our union movement. Change of this kind can be difficult, but also challenging, energizing and full of new opportunities.
Since we joined the national debate about the reorganization of our union movement last December, I have found find myself thinking more of the big questions we’re confronting. How to connect better with workers who don’t have unions is one such question, of course. But so is finding new and better ways to represent working people in the political process. And, toughest of all, is how to counter what is happening to our jobs in the global economy. In thinking about those questions, I have reached three conclusions: (1) that I am ready for new challenges, (2) that our union movement is in good shape here in Oregon, and (3) that our upcoming convention offers the best opportunity to make the transition to a new president for your federation. ...
In the months ahead, I believe that our top priority is to undertake and complete a new “New Alliance” process, in which we renegotiate our commitments to our state federation for the next two years. And, that’s a process that should be led by the person who will serve as your president for those years. ...
In particular, I am pleased that Tom Chamberlain has agreed to be a candidate for my position. I don’t want to prejudge your choice of my successor, which will be decided by a vote of the Executive Board, but I am convinced that Tom is ready and able to succeed me. He has my full support.