February 19, 2010 Volume 111 Number 4

Oregon construction workers demand jobs legislation
A boisterous crowd of nearly 400 workers — many of them long-term unemployed in the construction industry — rallied for jobs legislation Feb. 10 on the front steps of the State Capitol in Salem.

[Left, Adam Stoecklin, Dave Osborn, and John Ray, members of Iron Workers Local 29, brought their voices to Salem to call on lawmakers to pass bills that will help create jobs.]

Senate abuse of filibuster hobbles union-backed legislation
History is littered with the memory of bills that passed the U.S. House but died in the Senate — because of the filibuster rule. That could end up being the fate of the Employee Free Choice Act, a labor law reform that backers hope will reverse organized labor’s downward slide. It passed the House 241-185 in 2007 but failed to overcome a filibuster threat in the Senate.
Unions tracking jobs bills in Washington Legislature
Washington State Labor Council, the AFL-CIO umbrella organization, is ramping up its legislative efforts as the 2010 session of the Washington Legislature winds down.
Attorney General seeks labor’s help cracking down on underground economy
Oregon Attorney General John Kroger is cracking down on the underground economy in Oregon, and he wants union reps who work in the field to help be his eyes and ears.
Exterior/Interior Specialists ratify new contract
Voting by mail, members of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters overwhelmingly approved a new Exterior/Interior Specialist Agreement with Associated Wall and Ceiling Contractors of Oregon and Southwest Washington, after voting down an earlier version in mid-November.
Vote makes it final: Laurelhurst Village will be a union nursing home
Workers at Southeast Portland's Laurelhurst Village nursing home reaffirmed their decision to unionize in a Feb. 17 election conducted by the National Labor Relations Board.
Portland school teachers reach tentative contract
Portland Public Schools and its teachers union announced tentative agreement on a new contract Feb. 13, nine days after the district declared that bargaining had reached an impasse.
Bargaining opens between DCTU, City of Portland
Bargaining for a new contract began Jan. 25 between the City of Portland and the District Council of Trade Unions. DCTU represents approximately 1,600 employees from seven unions.
CWA Local 7901’s Linda Rasmussen hangs it up
Communications Workers of America international staff representative Linda Rasmussen has retired after 46 years in the union.