Employment. Labor market.
Two local ballot measures could make the difference between jobs and joblessness for thousands of workers.
Multnomah County Library workers are mourning last month’s cut of 128 positions as a major blow to one of the nation’s top library systems.
The four-year, $324.5 million project both set and met goals for the participation of women and minority workers and contractors.
Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler called it one of the most complex and ambitious development projects the City has ever taken on.
After weeks of organized public outcry and behind-the-scenes union lobbying, Multnomah County Library averted most layoffs announced in July.
The $51 million 43,000-square-foot complex will feature a 550-seat performance venue, an art gallery, meeting rooms, and a showcase plaza.
Portland City Council is scheduled to vote Sept. 23 on an agreement that will ensure years of employment for union construction trades workers and enhanced opportunities in construction for women and minorities.
Multnomah County Library is about to lay off one sixth of its workforce, even though its budget is under no threat.
The 12-block public-private project on the former post office site will use union labor.
It seemed like a win-win when unions approved the furloughs, but Workshare benefits promised by the Oregon Employment Department have been slow to arrive.