• Val Hoyle throws her hat in race for Oregon Commissioner of Labor & Industries

    For Immediate Release Contact: Val Hoyle
    July 12, 2017 541.221.9162 or Val@valhoyle.com
    Val Hoyle throws her hat in race for Oregon Commissioner of Labor & Industries
    “I’ve spent my life standing up for working people & fighting for fairness. I’m ready to do this job.”  
    Eugene, OR— Responding to the surprise announcement yesterday that Commissioner Brad Avakian will not seek re-election, Democrat Val Hoyle said today that she will be a candidate in the 2018 race for Oregon Commissioner of the Bureau of Labor and Industries (BOLI).  
    “Growing up in a union household, I developed values that have guided me throughout my life,” Hoyle said. “I was a waitress when I started out, I’ve seen up close what happens when workers don’t have an advocate to protect them from injuries and rip-offs. I know what it’s like to live on a minimum wage job. I’ve spent my life fighting for better rights for working people and for good family wage jobs.”  
    Hoyle previously served for seven years in the Oregon House of Representatives representing District 14 in Lane County. She was elected twice by her colleagues as House Majority Leader and helped pass landmark legislation for Oregon families. The laws Val helped spearhead included: Expanding paid sick days for all Oregon workers, a major increase in the minimum wage, a billion additional dollars for Oregon public schools, over a billion dollars in infrastructure investments and Banning the Box on employment applications to give people with a criminal history a fair shot at getting a job. v
    Hoyle said her life experience has made her uniquely qualified to understand all the responsibilities of the office. “I’ve been a union member, a small business owner and a public servant,” she commented. “As Oregon’s next BOLI Commissioner, I’ll be a tireless advocate for working families and good jobs in this state.”  
    Hoyle was a member of SEIU Hotel and Restaurant Workers Local 26 and comes from a family with deep union roots going back three generations. Her immigrant grandfather helped start the Laborers union in New York to help save the lives of workers who were dying in construction accidents. Her father was a union fire fighter and the president of IAFF Local 789. She also spent 25 years working in the private sector in the outdoor industry, focusing on retail sales and international trade.  
    Hoyle plans to build out her campaign operation in the coming weeks and hit the trail around the state after Labor Day. She will begin announcing major endorsements later in the summer.
    “I believe I’m the most qualified person for this job,” Hoyle concluded. “I’ve been a union member and a small business owner. I can understand and work with both business and labor leaders in our state. I’ve spent over 30 years fighting for working people and civil rights. Now, I’m ready to lead that fight as Oregon’s next Commissioner of Labor & Industries.” v
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