October 16, 2009 Volume 110 Number 20

Portland City Council gets earful from AFSCME
Leaders of the City of Portland's largest union blasted city managers and Portland City Council at a lunchtime rally Sept. 30 outside City Hall. Union officers say Human Resources and the city attorney's office are obstructing agreements worked out by city managers and the union, and blame City Council members for not getting involved.

Boeing uses jobs to pressure government and union for concessions
The Boeing Company has become a repeat offender in using siting decisions to get what it wants. But it may have exhausted its ability to wring concessions from its unions and the State of Washington.
Union members, cardiac resuscitation device, help save a life
Former Painters District Council 5 rep John Kirkpatrick used CPR training to save the life of neighbor Terry Anglin, a retired member of Plumbers and Fitters Local 290. According to the American Heart Association, for every minute that goes by without CPR, the survival rate decreases seven to 10 percent.
Shuler, Kitzhaber to appear at Oregon AFL-CIO gathering
Newly elected AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Liz Shuler will be a keynote speaker at the Oregon AFL-CIO Convention Oct. 25-27. Also speaking are Larry Cohen, international president of Communications Workers of America; Stewart Acuff, assistant to President Trumka; and former Oregon governor and candidate for governor John Kitzhaber.
Vancouver area labor council issues general election endorsements
The Clark, Skamania, Klickitat Central Labor Council has issued endorsements in races in Southwest Washington. In the Vancouver mayor's race, unions are split between Royce Pollard and Tim Leavitt.
IBEW 48 health trust may drop Fred Meyer as prescription drug manager
The Harrison Electrical Workers Trust Fund, which administers health coverage for members of IBEW Local 48, may drop Kroger Prescription Plan as its pharmacy benefits manager. A primary reason for is a months-long dispute the union has had with Fred Meyer over its use of nonunion electrical contractors on major remodeling projects in Oregon and Southwest Washington.
Dorothy Lyman clocks out after 31 years at Iron Workers Local 516
Dorothy Lyman, a 31-year member of Office and Professional Employees Local 11, retired as office manager of Portland-based Iron Workers Shopmen’s Local 516 after 31 years at the union.
Union volunteers help in campaign to quash Washington tax initiative
Union members in Southwest Washington are engaged in the “No on I-1033” campaign. I-1033 is the work of initiative profiteer Tim Eyman, and would limit increases in state and local government revenues to a formula based on inflation and population growth. The statewide initiative is on the November General Election ballot.

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