Facing the coming labor shortage
Oregon’s business community is sounding an alarm about a looming
shortage in skilled labor, but it’s not clear to what extent
government efforts in “workforce development” will be
able to solve the problem. Oregon unions, for their part, have been
eager and willing to partner in efforts to improve worker skills,
but feel like they too often get left out of plans for workforce
Union membership in U.S. falls
number of workers in the United States belonging to a union fell
by 326,000 in 2006 to 15.4 million — or 12 percent of the workforce
— according to the latest statistics released by the U.S. Department
fictionalizing 1999 WTO protest films for three days in Seattle
In Seattle, a film about the 1999 World Trade Organization (WTO)
protests, ended up filming for three days in Seattle, and 28 days
in Vancouver, British Columbia. In effect, most of the filming and
all of the post-film production work was”globalized,” for budget
reasons, to Vancouver, British Columbia.
organizer gets reprieve before deportation
Cobián, better known to local Carpenters as union organizer
José Luis Mendoza, won temporary freedom Jan. 23 when Federal
Judge Anna Brown declined to impose house arrest in the weeks before
his Feb. 13 immigration hearing.
L.A. lab works to improve
odds against asbestos cancer
promising test under study at the Punch Worthington Research Lab
involves identifying evidence of mesothelioma and even asbestos
exposure through markers in a person’s exhaled breath or blood.
First U.S.-made streetcars will
carry union label
Oregon Iron Works, through its subsidiary United Streetcar, LLC,
has secured a $4 million contract to manufacture a prototype streetcar
for the City of Portland.
senator helps scuttle minimum wage bill
Oregon U.S. Senator Gordon Smith helped sink a bill in the U.S.
Senate Jan. 24 that would have raised the federal minimum wage from
$5.15 to $7.25 per hour in three steps in slightly over two years.
PDC Board wants more time to amend
new construction wage policy
to amend a two-week-old Portland Development Commission construction
wage policy were pushed back by the PDC Board at its Jan. 24 meeting.
Public Schools hires former union official for labor relations job
Gunn, a former grievance director for United Food and Commercial
Workers Local 555 and a business agent for Oregon Council 75 of
the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees,
has been hired as director of labor relations for Portland Public
strike looms in Corvallis
transit and school bus drivers turned thumbs down to a proposal
by Laidlaw Transit, Inc. that, in effect, would rip up wage gains
attained over the past six years.
AFSCME rallies for new contract
at Clackamas County
employees have been working without a contract since June 30, 2006.
Bargaining on a new agreement began May 11, but disagreements over
health insurance premiums have bogged down talks.
Kaiser gets okay to build new
Kaiser Permanente has received approval from Oregon state regulators
to build a $285 million hospital on a 15-acre site in the Tanasbourne
area of Washington County.
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