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Right now, the Oregon Senate is considering a bill to block Portland Winterhawks players from any ability to seek workers’ protections.
House Bill 4093 exempts players from pathways that are currently available to these young athletes.
To get their way, proponents of this bill are coming to the legislature with a promise of a new ice rink facility in Washington County in one hand, and a threat from the Winterhawks to leave Portland in the other.
House Bill 4093 is an outrageous measure which sets the terrible precedent that Oregon’s workers’ rights are actively for sale.
The Portland Winterhawks are in the Western Hockey League.
Two former WHL players told their stories about the dangers of playing in the League, the strenuous schedules, and the terrible financial strain on young players. Watch the videos below to hear their stories.
Tyler Maxwell, former WHL player, talks about his experiences: "Two months ago, I had to buy my son a jersey for $150 with my own name on it with no discount. This is not amateur."
James McEwan, another former WHL player, explains the toll playing had on his long-term health: "I believed I was doing a good thing at the time ... The violence on the ice was getting rewarded. I had no idea the damage this was causing until my early twenties."
These STUDENT athletes deserve the same opportunities to get workers’ protections as everyone else in Oregon.
Let your Oregon State Senator know that our workers’ rights are not for sale.
1. Find your Senators at this link and call or e-mail to ask them to protect student athletes by voting NO on HB 4093.
2. To add your comments to the public record on the bill, be sure to copy "firstname.lastname@example.org" on your e-mail!