March 2, 2007 Volume 108 Number 5

AFSCME’s Mary Botkin has walked the halls of Salem for 24 years on behalf of public employees.

[Left, Mary Botkin testifies at a hearing on a bill to allow 911 dispatchers to retire early.]

Freightliner counts down to mass layoff at Swan Island
The last Freightliner truck ever to be made in Portland will roll off a Swan Island assembly line March 29, at which point 802 local union workers will lose family-wage jobs.
AFSCME files for union election at PDC
Non-supervisory employees at the Portland Development Commission took a step closer to forming a union Feb. 23 when representatives from Oregon Council 75 of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees filed for an election with the Oregon Employment Relations Board.

Union members ask Portland to take anti-sweatshop action
The Portland Sweatfree Campaign, backed by 13 local unions and the
Northwest Oregon Labor Council, held a noon-hour rally outside Portland City Hall on Presidents Day. Oregon Labor Commissioner Dan Gardner and others called on the city to pass a local anti-sweatshop ordinance.

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