December 16 , 2005  Volume 106 Number 24

2,000 in Portland march for right to join a union
This year, to raise the profile of a campaign for workers' rights, unions and their allies to put together a week of demonstrations ending Dec. 10, International Human Rights Day. Tens of thousands of people took part in events in 110 U.S. cities. Workers also demonstrated in Northern Ireland, and Cambodia, and in Hong Kong, where the World Trade Organization was about to meet.

Cowlitz Tribe will build La Center casino with union labor
The Cowlitz Indian Tribal Council has signed a project labor agreement with the Columbia-Pacific Building and Construction Trades Council to build a $510 million casino resort at the La Center Interstate 5 interchange 15 miles north of Portland.

UFCW Local 555 signs Solidarity Charter with Northwest Oregon Labor Council
United Food and Commercial Workers Local 555, the largest private sector union in Oregon, has signed a Solidarity Charter to maintain its affiliation with the Northwest Oregon Labor Council.
Bricklayer Mohlis elected leader of Columbia-Pacific BCTC
John Mohlis succeeds Wally Mehrens, who retires after 17 years at the helm. Mohlis, business manager of Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers Local 1 for the past 11 years, was elected Dec. 6 by acclamation. He has served as president of the CPBCTC since 1994.
Sheet Metal Local 16 members lose to China
Seventy members of Sheet Metal Workers Local 16 in Salem will be getting pink slips for Christmas this year, due to competition from China and other countries, their employer says.

Inland Boatmen wage 36-hour strike at McCall Oil
Workers at McCall Oil and Chemical returned to work Dec. 6 following a 36-hour strike in response to a National Labor Relations Board complaint against the company for bargaining in bad faith.


Think again
A regular column by Tim Nesbitt
Campaign finance reform: An Oregon primer
Voters in Oregon will be taken to school next year on the complex subject of campaign finance reform — one of those subjects that looks good in the course catalogue but turns out to be a mind-numbing experience.


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