His enthusiasm led him to be appointed to various boards and commissions in his local area. And when a vacancy surfaced with the Oregon legislature, he was approached by labor officials to fill the void.
“I saw politics as a way to help the union cause, so I gave it a shot and got elected,” he said.
When not in session, Holvey works on local area standards or other special projects for the Regional Council.
“Paul does a great job in looking out for the best interst of our membership both as a council and state representative,” said PNWRCC Executive Secretary-Treasurer Doug Tweedy. “He’s an extremely hard worker who keeps his eye on the goal until it’s achieved.”
If Holvey could have one of his biggest goals realized, it would be to see every member of the UBC become more active in politics.
“The voices of workers need to be heard. If we don’t cast our ballots or participate in the decision making process of our own com- munities, the workers’ voice can be overlooked,” he said.
Holvey added that not all UBC members need to gain an elected office to make a difference.
“Even at your local school board level, wages and benefits are impacted. We need to make sure that the people making decisions
“I saw politics as a way to help the union cause, so I gave it a shot and got elected.”
Paul Holvey, Oregon State Representative
understand the value quality contractors bring to the community as a whole. Not just individual workers, but everbody,” he said.
“It’s about making sure your voices are heard and your interests are protected.”
Holvey is up for re-election in 2012. He said if sent to the Oregon House for another term, his skills learned as a carpenter and his determination to increase the quality of life for his UBC and constituent brothers and sisters will be right in step with him as he continues to fight for workers’ rights.