Central Oregon DailyOregon labor union pushes ballot measure to restore self-serve gas ban

Oregon labor union pushes ballot measure to restore self-serve gas ban

Oregon labor union pushes ballot measure to restore self-serve gas ban

Oregon Self Serve Gas

One of Oregon鈥檚 largest labor unions wants to reinstate Oregon鈥檚 ban on self-serve gas. It鈥檚 trying to get the question put on the ballot so voters can decide in November 2024.

UFCW Local 555 cited attendant jobs as one of their concerns as why they want to overturn the law.

鈥淲e have fuel stations within some of our bargaining units and we have seen not necessarily layoffs, but job loss to attrition. So people who quit, they just don鈥檛 replace them because they don鈥檛 necessarily need to,鈥 Miles Eshaia with UFC Local 555 told KOIN-TV.

鈥淚t鈥檚 for accessibility and safety. You have individuals who have trouble pumping their own gas and can鈥檛 find an attendant or they don鈥檛 want to get out of their car late at night,鈥 Eshaia added.

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The move comes less than three months after the ban on self-serve gas was repealed through a bipartisan bill in the Oregon Legislature. It allows stations in the most populous counties like Deschutes to have both self-serve and fuel attendant options, while more rural counties such as Crook and Jefferson have the option to go completely self-serve.

State. Rep. Charlie Conrad, R-Lane County, was one of the bill鈥檚 sponsors and says there were too many different statutes depending on where you were at in the state.

鈥淭hat鈥檚 not efficient and for people in Oregon and traveling through Oregon, they don鈥檛 know the county size. They don鈥檛 know the hours. They don鈥檛 know those kinds of things,鈥 Conrad said.

Lawmakers say this was a needed move amid ongoing labor shortages.

鈥淵ou鈥檝e got to give it some time to stabilize. Anytime you have major policy changes, there鈥檚 going to be an adjustment period. So a year from now, let鈥檚 look at where we鈥檙e at and see if things have changed,鈥 Conrad said.

The union would need to get more than 117,000 signatures by next summer to get the measure on the November 2024 ballot.

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