March 4, 2011 Volume 112 Number 5

We are all Wisconsin: Nationwide fightback
A new crop of Republican governors has declared war on unions, provoking the biggest showdown for the American labor movement since President Ronald Reagan fired striking air traffic controllers in 1981. Madison, Wisconsin, has become the center of the fightback.

[Left: Portlanders rally Feb. 25 in support of workers in Wisconsin who are fighting to keep their collective bargaining rights.]

Spirit of Madison at Oregon rallies
At a pair of rallies Feb. 25 and 26 in Portland and Salem, Oregonians showed solidarity with Midwest public workers who are under attack from governors determined to bust their unions, particularly in Wisconsin.
Mr. President: Americans can’t afford another job-killing trade deal
Outside President Obama's Feb. 18 visit to Intel in Hillsboro, activists picketed to remind him of his pledge to renegotiate NAFTA and halt NAFTA-style trade treaties. Obama has not renegotiated NAFTA. And he is sending a NAFTA-style treaty with Korea to Congress for approval. Obama didn't see the protesters, but trade was on his mind.

Labor officials attend Obama Intel visit
A dozen plus Oregon labor leaders attended President Barack Obama’s Feb. 18 “winning the future” speech at Intel Corp. in Hillsboro.
Building trades miffed at Metro for bypassing Shiprack
Building trades unions are miffed at the Metro Council for not appointing Bob Shiprack, recently retired executive secretary of the Oregon State Building Trades Council, to fill a vacant seat in District 6.

Postal workers, customers testify before Workers’ Rights Board
After listening to testimony from postal customers and workers, a Workers’ Rights Board panel recommended the U.S. Postal Service hire more letter carriers and clerks. Workers testified of chronic mandatory overtime, late, irregular delivery, and pressure to work with injuries.

Danner Boot lays off 90
Danner Boots laid off 90 employees after a contract to manufacture combat hiker boots for the U.S. military was not renewed. Most of those let go were members of United Food and Commercial Workers Local 555.