December 21, 2007 Volume 108 Number 24

ILWU, Carpenters boost Fire Fighters’ Toy & Joy program
The International Longshore and Warehouse Union and Pacific NW Regional Council of Carpenters donated hundreds of gifts to the Portland Fire and Rescue’s Toy and Joy program.

[Left, Maggie O’Brien of union contractor O’Brien Constructors transports gifts donated by the Carpenters Union to the Toy & Joy program.]

AFSCME strike at Multnomah Education Service District ends after two weeks
A two-week strike by classified employees at the Multnomah Education Service District ended shortly after 3 a.m. on Dec. 15, following a 13-hour mediation session.
Help extended to storm-ravaged union families on coast
Labor liaisons to the American Red Cross have been sent to Oregon to help union members in coastal communities hit hard by wind storms and flooding earlier this month.
Oregon Fire Fighters Council endorses Gordon Smith
On its Web site, the council said it endorsed Smith because of his sponsorship of a national collective bargaining bill, and for his support of the SAFER Act, another priority bill of the union.
AFL-CIO calls for Hilton boycott
The Oregon AFL-CIO has agreed to support a boycott of the downtown Portland Hilton Hotel & Executive Tower, and at its Dec. 11 quarterly meeting, called on affiliated unions to support the boycott.
UA Local 290 to host robotics competition kickoff
The FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics Competition will kick off in Oregon Jan. 5 at the Tualatin training facility of Plumbers and Fitters Local 290.
Iron Workers Local 29 elects officers
Kevin Jensen has been re-elected financial secretary-treasurer of Portland-based Iron Workers Local 29. He ran unopposed.

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