Opportunity to promote your business at Clerks Conference

UNION COUNTY — The Oregon Association of County Clerks Conference is coming to Union County Aug. 19-22, giving local businesses the opportunity to have extended hours or highlight their services or wares during the event. According to the Union County Chamber of Commerce, there will be more than 120 county clerks from across the U.S. coming to Union County for this annual conference and they will be looking for things to do.

Business that are interested in being promoted and included during this time should contact the Union County Chamber of Commerce at 541-963-8588 or Union County Clerk Robin Church at 541-963-1006.

Union County Chamber launches community calendar

LA GRANDE — The Union County Chamber of Commerce announced it now has a community events calendar on its website. Businesses or individuals who would like the chamber to include their events may mail the information to director@visitunioncounty.org.

Small Business Center offers classes in August

LA GRANDE — The EOU Small Business Development Center is offering three classes in August. All will be held at the Integrated Services Building, Room 147, 1607 Gekeler Lane, La Grande.

• QuickBooks, Aug. 1, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.: An introduction to the desktop version will taught by a CPA from Guyer & Associates. Pre-registration is required by calling 541-962-1532 or emailing eousbdc@gmail.com. There will be a $25 fee that can be paid that morning. Exact cash is needed (change isn’t available) or a check made out to Guyer & Associates. 

• Advanced Notary, Aug. 14, 9 a.m. to noon: A free class taught by the Oregon Secretary of State’s Office. Pre-registration is required and at www.notsem.sos.state.or.us.

• Capability Statements and Marketing to Federal Agencies, Aug. 23, 8 a.m. to 11 a.m.: Taught by the Government Contract Assistance Program, this class is free. Contact SBDC for registration information.

The Eastern Oregon University Small Business Development Center offers free, confidential business advising covering everything from business concept to launch, marketing, human resource issues, business plan development, access to capital, exit stragety and everything in between. To schedule an appointment, call 541-962-1532.

Labor union supports reducing self-checkout at groceries

PORTLAND — The American Federation of Labor – Congress of Industrial Organizations has filed a ballot initiative with the goal of regulating the reduction of jobs in grocery stores by limiting the amount of self-checkout stations in Oregon’s grocery stores. 

According to Oregon AFL-CIO President Tom Chamberlain, “The goal of our initiative is to protect grocery workers and our communities. Self-checkout machines are part of a strategic corporate attempt to reduce costs and eliminate jobs. These machines turn customers into unpaid workers and allow stores to reduce the number of full-time employees. This significantly impacts workers of color negatively, who are disproportionately overrepresented as cashiers in retail businesses. Meanwhile, the push towards expanded automation at grocery stores places older customers and people with disabilities at a disadvantage when they are expected to use machines to purchase groceries.” 

The Oregon AFL-CIO represents hundreds of affiliated local unions across the state, and fights for the rights of all working people in Oregon. The statewide federation of unions will gather the necessary signatures to ensure the Grocery Store Service and Community Protection Act is placed onto the 2020 ballot, giving voters the option to weigh in on an issue that impacts the millions of Oregonians who purchase groceries.

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