November 2, 2007 Volume 108 Number 21

AFL-CIO rates Oregon lawmakers on 2007 session
The Oregon AFL-CIO has completed its of state lawmakers for their 2007 session of the Oregon Legislature. This year, the Oregon AFL-CIO used a new and more complicated methodology to rate legislators, in order to better describe the full picture of support or opposition to Oregon’s labor movement priorities.

Powell’s Books workers get closer to living wage
For their third set of contract negotiations since unionizing in 1999, Powell's Books workers, in three months of bargaining, made noticeable progress toward their original goal in unionizing — to secure a living wage in an industry that serves up plenty of jobs but few careers.

ConMetco’s Rivergate plant closes; once employed 400
Machinists Union members clocked out for the last time Oct. 9 at Consolidated Metco in Portland's Rivergate Industrial District. At the end, only 26 union members remained, down from about 150 two years ago, and 400 union employees 10 years ago.

Schneider to run for Gresham Council
Dick Schneider, a retired senior aerospace coordinator for the International Assocation of Machinists, announced that he will be a candidate for a seat on Gresham’s City Council. Schneider, 62, retired in April after nearly 40 years with IAM Lodge 63, which represents workers at Boeing.

Washington AFL-CIO urges ‘No’ vote on I-960; ‘Yes’ on Ref. 67, EHJR 4204
Washington voters have five ballot measures to vote on in this year’s off-year election, and the Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO, is weighing in on three of them.

Madelyn Elder named to CWA Executive Board
Madelyn Elder has been named to the Executive Board of the Communications Workers of America. Elder is president of Portland Local 7901, a post she has held since 2000.

SEIU’s Dale won’t run for AG post
Service Employees Local 49 President Alice Dale decided not to enter the race for Oregon attorney general, announcing her decision in an Oct. 16 statement.
SEIU locals endorse John Edwards
Service Employees International Union Locals 503 and Local 49 have endorsed presidential candidate John Edwards, citing his strong health care plan and support for workers’ rights.