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.
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
Rivergate plant closes; once employed 400
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.
to run for Gresham Council
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.
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.
Elder named to CWA Executive Board
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.
locals endorse John Edwards
International Union Locals 503 and Local 49 have endorsed presidential
candidate John Edwards, citing his strong health care plan and support
for workers’ rights.