in Oregon to get meal and rest breaks
For years agricultural workers have been excluded from the right to restroom
breaks and meal breaks during their work day. Oregon Labor Commissioner
Dan Gardner issued an administrative rule effective Feb. 1 that requires
employers to offer meal and rest periods to agricultural workers.
Steelworkers to vote on Oregon Steel proposal
three months and 11 days after 1,000-plus Steelworkers walked off the
job in Pueblo, Colorado, their dispute appears to be at an end.
Metal Works fires outspoken union supporter
Roger Olson, 30, who worked as a welder at Boydstun Metal Works for four-and-a-half
years, alleged he was fired because he supported an unsuccessful year-long
union drive by Sheet Metal Workers Local 16. Legally, it can be a challenge
to prove anti-union discrimination as a motive.
Air Comfort shuts down after union wins election
the Portland unit of United Air Comfort voted last April to join Sheet
Metal Workers Local 16. On Dec. 3, 2003, the company closed its doors,
not just at its Portland location, but at 33 of its 43 locations around
ordered to halt overuse of temps
Unionized Portland-area Letter Carriers won big on Jan. 19 when an arbitrator
ruled that local managers decision to make widespread use of temporary
casual employees instead of full-time and part-time career employees was
a violation of the national contract. Arbitrator Jonathan Monat ordered
monetary damages that could go over a half-million dollars.
workers pan State of the Union address
speech ended up focusing mostly on terrorism and war, but the top concern
at a Portland roundtable discussion was trade and the economy. Workers
spoke of a pervasive economic insecurity, despite cheery reports in the
media about economic recovery.
* UFCWÁs Anderson retains chair of Wage-Hour panel
* New legislator
with labor ties appointed in Lane County
named to Energy Facility Siting Council
union leader named interim president of SAIF Corp.