November 5, 2010 Volume 111 Number 21

Oregon, Washington labor weigh election results
Oregon voters mostly returned labor-backed Democrats to office, bucking the national Republican tsunami in the midterm elections. But for Washington's union movement, election night was bittersweet.

[Left: Holding a Kitzhaber sign, Joe Peizner of AFSCME Local 328 reacts to election returns at Hilton Hotel.]

Back to work: Intel to spend nearly $4 billion to build new Hillsboro fab
Microchip giant Intel’s announcement Oct. 19 that it will build a brand new development fabrication plant at its Ronler Acres Campus in Hillsboro was music to the ears of construction union officials. Intel said as many as 6,000 construction jobs will be created.

Fired pro-union teacher turns down two years salary to settle case
A French teacher terminated for supporting a union campaign at Portland French School turned down an offer of two years salary if she would drop her legal case and give up her right to return. In the trial that followed, a federal judge heard evidence about the termination and other labor law violations. On Oct. 26, a federal district court judge ordered the school to cease and desist further lawbreaking.
Big Pipe project wraps up ahead of schedule
Rosie, the 530-ton tunnel boring machine, has finished tunneling on the East Side Big Pipe project, the largest public infrastructure project in Portland’s history. At its peak, more than 100 members of Laborers Local 320, and 150 members of Operating Engineers Local 701 worked on the project.
Home for the holidays: There ARE union travel options
By flying unionized airlines, workers and their families can say “Union, Yes” when they travel. The Northwest Labor Press ranked airlines that fly out of Portland International Airport, from most to least unionized. At the top is US Airways, 87 percent unionized. At the bottom is JetBlue, the only totally nonunion major airline.
Transit Union 757 pushes back against TriMet
TriMet board members got some heat Oct. 28 over the transit agency’s decision to impose terms on union members while it waits for an arbitrator to pick between union and management final contract offers.
Saturday mail delivery to continue — for now
Earlier this year, the U.S. postmaster general proposed eliminating mail delivery on Saturdays, but so far, Congress isn’t going along with it.
Silver Eagle to lay off 55 Machinists
Portland-based Silver Eagle Manufacturing Co. will lay off 55 workers — members of Machinists Lodge 1005 — starting Dec. 17. Employment peaked at 134 bargaining unit members this year. The workers average $14 to $15 per hour, plus benefits.
Machinists host seminar on home foreclosures
Labor’s Community Service Agency and Machinists District Lodge 24 sponsored a seminar Oct. 22 for people facing foreclosure on their homes. About 70 people attended.