Rat visits PGE

Portland General Electric’s new lineman training facility is being constructed at least in part by nonunion labor. Operating Engineers Local 701 reports that Portland-based general contractor Reimers & Jolivette has hired nonunion Duke Construction to do the dirt prep work and excavation on the site, located at 20680 SW Langer Parkway in Sherwood, Oregon.

That drew the attention of Local 701’s giant inflatable rat to the site June 26 and 29. On June 30, the rat showed up at PGE’s downtown Portland headquarters.

The Sherwood Line Training Center project will include 16,000 square feet of offices, classrooms, and indoor training areas. It will also include outdoor facilities, and will replace an existing outdoor training facility on the same 33-acre site.

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