releases 2003 ratings of Oregon legislators
Despite some bitter losses for labor on issues like public employee retirement
benefits, the proportion of floor votes in which lawmakers sided with
the interests of working families (at 65 percent) was the best in more
than a decade.
layoffs at Viking Industries and Canron hit union workers hard
Viking Industries in Gresham announced that it will lay off half of its
workforce 169 employees Dec. 6. The downsizing affects 91
members of Iron Workers Shopmens Local 516 and 37 members of Glass
Workers Local 740.
council, building trades group endorse Markgraf for PUD position
Even though they oppose the creation of a peoples utility district
in Multnomah County, the Northwest Oregon Labor Council and Columbia-Pacific
Building Trades Council have endorsed a candidate running to become one
of five directors of that PUD if voters formally approve its formation
at the Nov. 4 election.
to leave Senate for job on state panel
Oregon Senator Tony Corcoran, one of labors strongest voices in
the Legislature, has been appointed by Governor Ted Kulongoski to the
Employment Appeals Board, where he will rule on unemployment insurance
11 appeals 'decert' loss at CNF
Office and Professional Employees Local 11 has filed several objections
against CNF Service Company for its conduct in a decertification election
in which the union narrowly lost 118 to 120. The vote was held Oct. 2.
Local 5 faces contract trouble with PowellĮs Books
To protest the lack of progress in negotiations, on Oct. 8 truck drivers
in the shipping department walked off the job for the day, and other workers
took an unauthorized solidarity lunch break together at several
pension funds invested in South Waterfront project
Union pension funds will help finance land acquisition and infrastructure
development of approximately 28 acres in Portlands 130- acre South
Waterfront Central District off Southwest Macadam Avenue south of the
Ross Island Bridge in Portland.
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