Category: Commissioner of the Bureau of Labor and Industries

Candidates

Commissioner of the Bureau of Labor and Industries:

Voters choose a Commissioner every 4 years.

  • Runs the Bureau of Labor and Industries (BOLI)
  • Enforces laws about discrimination: makes sure people are protected from discrimination in housing, jobs, public accomodations, and vocational schools
  • Oversees state job laws: makes sure businesses follow laws that protect workers

Commissioner of BOLI
Lou Ogden
Val Hoyle
Jack Howard

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Lou Ogden

Photo: Lou Ogden smiles at the cameraCity where I live: Tualatin

Skills:
3 things I will do if I win:

Icon: A person uses a shovel while another person sits working at a computer. The label reads "Jobs."1. Restore balance between business and labor, so that everyone is treated fairly and expectations for businesses are clearly understood by all. We’ll help bring businesses into compliance if they violate the law, not force them out of business.

Icon: A diploma, a graduation cap and a book, with the label "College."2. We need to close the skills-gap between the education students receive and the workforce needs of Oregon’s employers. Better skills means higher wages for Oregon families.

Icon: Flow chart starting with person, money goes into State of Oregon, out of state of oregon comes an icon of a shield and an icon of a graduation cap which goes back to the person3. When people are earning a living-wage job, not only can they create a brighter future for their families, but our state and local communities benefit. I’m committed to ensuring Oregon is a welcoming place for employers, and a safe place for workers.

Val Hoyle

Photo: Val Hoyle smiles and looks at the cameraCity where I live: Eugene
Skills: I have a Bachelors of Arts in Political Science and International Studies from Emmanuel College in Boston MA

3 things I will do if I win:
Icon: A picture of the Statue of Liberty. 1. As BOLI Commissioner I will make sure that the civil rights of ALL people are protected. Every person should have equal protection of the law regardless of their race, religion, age, gender, sexual orientation or people with disabilities.
Icon: Flow chart starting with person, money goes into State of Oregon, out of state of oregon comes an icon of a shield and an icon of a graduation cap which goes back to the person 2. I will ensure that we have strong Career Technical Education classes in middle and high schools so people can get good paying jobs.I will advocate for these programs to be expanded to include more women, people of color and differently abled people.
Icon: A person uses a shovel while another person sits working at a computer. The label reads "Jobs." 3.The third thing I will do is ensure that ensure that workers are safe and and are protected in the workplace. I will advocate for workers and make sure that businesses have the information they need to under-stand and follow Oregon workplace rules.

Jack Howard

City where I live: La Grande
Skills: Attorney, Writer, Teacher/Educator. Currently member, State Independent Living Council, local health care board, and Union County Commissioner. Single father, chess player, and founder of my undergrad, University Disabled Students Union.

3 things I will do if I win:
Icon: Three people hold hands. One is wearing pants, one is wearing a skirt, and one is using a wheelchair. The label reads "Civil Rights." 1. Poverty among people with disabilities is around 40% I will argue for a cabinet level, system wide Oregon Poverty Board, along the lines of Vermont’s successful program, to finally, comprehensively address poverty programming in Oregon.
Icon: A person using a wheelchair, and a person wearing a skirt and using a cane, with the label "Senior Rights."2. We misuse limited state resources, with not enough long-term retraining needs. I will focus on 30 year old workers in the year 2030. I will build partnerships across state lines. I will fight for the forgotten thousands who work in temp positions.
Icon: A physician's staff with the label "Medicare." 3.Working to protect our basic health care victories, for today and the future. We will finally look at the thousands of tomorrow’s health risks that are an all-too accepted part of every day’s modern work places.