AFL’s Tom Chamberlain appointed to port commission


Oregon AFL-CIO President Tom Chamberlain has been appointed to the Port of Portland commission.

Chamberlain replaces former Commissioner Mary Olson, president of Norris Olson & Associates, Inc., who has served in that post for 10 years and whose term expired last month.

Chamberlain was appointed by Gov. John Kitzhaber and was unanimously confirmed by the Oregon Senate on May 4. He was seated May 10.

“Tom’s two decades of union and political leadership experience will add a strong voice for job creation — one of the key roles the Port plays in our region through its transportation advocacy work and its marine, aviation and industrial properties,” Kitzhaber said.

The Port of Portland is responsible for overseeing Portland International Airport, general aviation, and marine activities in the Portland metropolitan area.

Chamberlain joins Bruce Holte of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union and Ken Allen of Oregon AFSCME Council 75 on the nine-member commission.

Commissioners are unpaid and serve four-year terms. They can be reappointed.


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