April 3, 2009 Volume 110 Number 7

Merkley appoints Ed Hall labor liaison

U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) has hired longtime Fire Fighters Union leader Ed Hall as a staff liaison to organized labor, in order to strengthen outreach efforts to labor groups.

Hall said he plans to attend local union and labor council meetings on Merkley's behalf to listen to union members and convey their concerns to the senator. His role would also be to meet with labor unionists when Merkley is in Washington, D.C., or otherwise unavailable. He is based at Merkley’s Portland office and is reachable at 503-326-3386.

Hall, 52, grew up on the South Coast in Brookings and is a lifelong resident of Oregon. Until Jan. 5, he was vice president and political director of the Portland Fire Fighters Association Local 43, but decided not to run for re-election. He retired as a firefighter March 7 after 31 years at fire departments in Salem, Corvallis, and Portland. He began his new job March 9.

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