October 1, 2010 Volume 111 Number 19
labor with one voice: ‘Give Congress Heck!’
One of the most closely-watched electoral races in America is taking
place in Washington’s Third Congressional District. Money
is pouring into the contest between Democrat Denny Heck and Republican
Jaime Herrera, as the two parties battle over control of Congress.
SW Washington Labor Council president Shannon Walker engages Denny
Heck in Vancouver last month.]
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.
of Portland worker contract bargaining enters mediation
has been moving at a snail’s pace for employees at the City
of Portland are finding. Mediation began Sept. 23 between the City
and the District Council of Trade Unions, a coalition of eight union
locals, but it didn’t go well. Bargaining committee members
believe the City may be forcing unions to strike.
electrician runs for Oregon House
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.
Bonnie Kelsch retires after 44 years in printing trades
Kelsch, a member of Communications Workers of America Local 7901,
retired Sept. 16 after 44 years in the printing trades. Her retirement
was celebrated with a reception at Oregon Catholic Press, where she
has worked the last 21 years.