Ned Burke

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Ned Burke

Ned Burke is a Portland Oregon activist. He is married to Siobhan Burke.

New Party

As at March 1998, Ned Burke was a Hyde Park-based member an "an experienced poll-watcher" for the New Party.[1]

Portland DSA

As of August 2016, Ned Burke was a contact for Portland Democratic Socialists of America Organizing Committee;[2]

NPC candidate

In August 2017 Ned Burke stood for election to the Democratic Socialists of America National Political Committee, at the National Convention in Chicago.[3]

I have devoted my career to working in the labor movement, both as a lawyer and as a staffer. I grew up in Chicago, Illinois as the child of two middle class professionals who were able to go to college because their working class parents were all union members. As a disabled person (I am half deaf from birth) I learned the value of government services; without them, I would not have learned how to speak until I was much older. I went to law school after college and became a lawyer. I pursued a graduate degree in history while caring for my children as a stay at home parent. I then began practicing union side labor law at a firm and for Teamsters Local 705. From there, I was a union manager at locals of the AFT, CWA and a Canadian union. I presently work at a large SEIU local. I have led organizing and contract bargaining campaigns, as well as strikes in a variety of industries. I live in Portland, although I work all over the west coast. I am married to Siobhan Burke, a union organizer and DSA member.
I have been affiliated with DSA for a little less than 20 years. I was a member of the Chicago chapter, occasionally serving in leadership of the chapter. I served as a delegate for the Chicago chapter to the 2007 and 2009 conventions. I helped organize the Portland Oregon chapter after my move there. I’m pleased that we were able to grow the chapter from single digits to over 400 members. I presently serve as Vice-Chair of the Portland chapter and I serve as the national mentor for the chapters and organizing committees in the state of Oregon. In addition to my DSA work, I worked on behalf of reform candidates in Chicago (including Mayor Harold Washington), and reform candidates in the union movement. I served on the board of directors of the Oregon Working Families Party. I’m a member of Labor Notes and worked with them to expand their work on behalf of union democracy into Canada. I campaigned for the New Democratic Party in British Columbia in the most recent election there. I was an active supporter of the Bernie Sanders campaign in Portland. In general, I try to work at the intersection of labor and politics..[4]

Democratic Socialists of America Unity

Ned Burke supported the Democratic Socialists of America Unity grouping, established for the 2017 Democratic Socialists of America National Convention in Chicago.[5]

DSA Labor Statement of Support for Danny Fetonte

In August 2017 a group of Democratic Socialists of America labor activists issued a joint statement of support for newly elected DSA NPC member Danny Fetonte. The group was fighting back against other DSAers wanting to remove Fetonte for his past work for a Texas law enforcement union.

Signatories included Ned Burke. SEIU statewide Nursing Home bargaining director. Democratic Socialists of America member for 19 years. [6]

DSA Sewer Socialist Caucus Closed FB group

Members of the DSA Sewer Socialist Caucus, closed Facebook group, as of August 22, 2017, included Ned Burke[7]

DSA Disability Caucus/Working Group

Members of the DSA Disability Caucus/Working Group, closed Facebook group. as of July 16, 2017 included Ned Burke .[8]

Portland DSA Facebook group

Members of Portland Democratic Socialists of America public Facebook page, as of March 2017 included Ned Burke.

Stand with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

We Stand with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was a 2018 letter signed by several Democratic Socialists of America members mainly from the DSA North Star in response to attacks on Ocasio-Cortez over remarks she made on Palestine.

A recent petition circulated by some DSA members criticizes Ocasio-Cortez for supporting a two state solution to the Palestine-Israel question and not aligning with a long list of demands regarding Palestine and Israel. Should Ocasio-Cortez fail to agree with this list of demands, the petitioners are calling for DSA to revoke her endorsement. These attacks on Ocasio-Cortez have come despite the fact that she has staked out positions which will make her one of the strongest advocates of Palestinian rights and self-determination in Congress.
We stand with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. The position she has taken on Israel and Palestine are principled stances, worthy of a democratic socialist, in its recognition of both Palestinian humanity and rights and Israeli humanity and rights. On this issue, as many, she will be a voice for the voiceless in Congress.

Signatures included Ned Burke.[9]