January 18, 2008 Volume 109 Number 2

Unions favor building a new bridge over the Columbia
A bi-state task force is looking at options for a new I-5 bridge over the Columbia River. It would be the biggest Portland-area public construction project in a generation. Early estimates say the project would take five years to construct and would cost $3.1 to $4.2 billion.

Northwest members of Congress score well in national AFL-CIO ratings
Congressional representatives from Oregon and Washington scored quite well on the national AFL-CIO’s interim Committee on Political Education (COPE) voting report card released last month in Washington, D.C.
Oregon AFL-CIO leader, back from Bali, says it's time for labor to step up
Oregon AFL-CIO secretary-treasurer Barbara Byrd is back in Oregon after attending the United Nations climate change summit in Bali, Indonesia. And she has a message for Oregon union members: Global warming is real, and the union movement needs to step up and show leadership by helping craft the world’s response to it.
Laborers Union gets health insurance for City of Portland seasonal workers
A newly-signed union contract contains a major breakthrough for
several hundred City of Portland seasonal maintenance workers. Thanks
to bargaining and behind-the-scenes political work by Laborers Local
483, the workers will now get health insurance coverage when they
return to work for a second year at the City

ATU Local 757 members ready to strike AMR in Josephine County
Emergency medical technicians and paramedics employed at American Medical Response are preparing to go on strike Jan. 20 in Josephine County. The union has been trying to bargain a new contract for nearly two years.


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