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October 17, 2003  Volume 104 Number 20
Large numbers of unemployed reach end of the line
At the beginning of October, two years into the worst economic downturn in decades, 11,000 jobless workers in Oregon were thrown off the unemployment insurance rolls ... MORE

AFL-CIO 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.

Big 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 Shopmen’s Local 516 and 37 members of Glass Workers Local 740.

Labor council, building trades group endorse Markgraf for PUD position
Even though they oppose the creation of a people’s 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.

Corcoran to leave Senate for job on state panel
Oregon Senator Tony Corcoran, one of labor’s strongest voices in the Legislature, has been appointed by Governor Ted Kulongoski to the Employment Appeals Board, where he will rule on unemployment insurance appeals.

Local 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.

ILWU 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 locations.

Union pension funds invested in South Waterfront project
Union pension funds will help finance land acquisition and infrastructure development of approximately 28 acres in Portland’s 130- acre South Waterfront Central District off Southwest Macadam Avenue south of the Ross Island Bridge in Portland.
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