Employment. Labor market.
Several hundred Oregon members of IATSE Local 488 were already facing a scarcity of work. COVID-19 made matters worse, shutting down projects statewide by mid-March.
The proposed $10 billion liquid natural gas terminal and pipeline project would be built union, but it still faces state hurdles.
The closure impacts roughly 700 members of four unions, and comes amid concerns that workers can’t all maintain six feet distance.
The $800 million project near Klamath Falls would enable storage of solar and wind energy and would be union-built.
The Oregon Department of State Lands denied the company’s request for an extension and indicated the permit would likely be denied. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission is expected to make a final determination on the project next month.
A U.S. Postal Service pilot project called “Consolidated Casing” was supposed to speed up mail carriers and decrease the number of routes.
Raimore Construction will be the general contractor on the $60 million construction portion of the Division Transit Project, which will be the largest construction contract awarded to a minority contractor in Oregon history.
The hotel opened Dec. 19– on budget, and ahead of schedule.
Bricklayers Local 1 warned Mortenson that there’d be problems with non-union contractor.
A new factory in Mexico, and a decline in local bottle orders, are factors in idling a furnace.