PDC adopts wage policy for private
The Portland Development Commission Board on Jan. 10 passed a policy
that sets parameters for when prevailing wage laws will apply on
private construction projects that it helps finance.
Projects receiving $1 million or more in PDC resources will require
wages, fringe benefits, overtime pay and apprentice pay to mirror
that of state prevailing wage rates for commercial construction,
or federal Davis-Bacon Housing of Urban Development rates for residential
Wyden touts universal
health coverage plan at business summit
a Jan. 4 summit of Oregon business leaders, U.S. Senator Ron Wyden
presented his proposal for universal health coverage, which would
relieve businesses of the burden of finding and providing coverage
to workers — and eliminate union health trusts.
building new manufacturing plant in Mexico
LLC announced last month that it will construct a new $300 million
truck manufacturing plant in Saltillo, Coahuila, in northern Mexico.
At the same time it was announcing expansion in Mexico, Freightliner
warned its unionized employees at Portland’s Swan Island facility
of a major layoff this spring.
Democratic majority in House gets busy passing labor bills
promised by Democratic Party leaders, the party’s newly sworn-in
majority in Congress got busy in its first 100 “legislative”
hours. Democrats in the House of Representatives passed long-blocked
legislation, including several bills of particular importance to
Bend bus drivers campaign
to join ATU Local 757
Bend, Oregon, bus drivers will vote Jan. 29 whether to unionize
with Amalgamated Transit Union Local 757.
Shortly after the union filed for an election, the company sent
employees a four-page letter outlining its opposition and urging
drivers to "vote against the union and suggest you encourage
others to do the same."
SEIU campaign to
organize bus drivers stalls
A union campaign among school bus drivers at Gresham-Barlow School
District failed to win a majority in a Jan. 5 vote. The vote was
44 for and 49 against joining Service Employees International Union
Local 503. For
SEIU, the narrow loss was a setback in its “Driving Up Standards”
campaign to unionize First Student, the second-largest private bus
company in the United States.
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