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People

Union electrician runs for Oregon House

In suburban South Salem, career union electrician Claudia Kyle is making an energetic run for state representative. Kyle, a Democrat, is challenging two-term incumbent Republican Kevin Cameron, owner of a 12-location restaurant chain, Cafe Today. Kyle is a licensed electrician and a 31-year member of International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers.

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Politics

Bashing teachers unions: AFT talks back

Is a coordinated attack on teachers unions under way? Recent front-page magazine articles, op-ed pieces, news stories —and a documentary — bash teachers unions, but mostly they don’t give unions a chance to respond. To make up for that, the Northwest Labor Press contacted American Federation of Teachers and spoke with Rob Weil, director of field programs.

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Workers Rights

Portland French School broke law to fight union

The National Labor Relations Board says Portland French School committed multiple violations of U.S. labor law in its fight against a unionizing campaign. Earlier this year, teachers and other employees at the private French language school announced their intention to join American Federation of Teachers.