April 16, 2010 Volume 111 Number 8
Judge expresses doubts about Worker Freedom lawsuit
For the two business groups seeking to overturn Oregon’s Worker Freedom Act, an April 9 court appearance seemed to go poorly.
Health insurance reform: How will it affect union members?
On March 23, President Barack Obama signed into law the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. How will it affect union members? It’s complicated.
Iron Workers ‘top out’ new Kaiser Medical Center
Members of Iron Workers Local 29 and Operating Engineers Local 701 hoisted the final 36-foot long, two-ton beam to the fourth floor roof of the patient bed tower at Kaiser Permanente's new Kaiser Westside Medical Center in Hillsboro April 12.

Working Families Party aims to ramp up in 2010
This could be a big year for the Oregon Working Families Party, a union-backed third party that's campaigning for a state bank and other causes.

Worker Memorial Day: Focus on safety & health

Unions to remember fallen workers at memorial service in Salem April 28
The Oregon AFL-CIO will hold a memorial service at the Fallen Workers Memorial at noon Wednesday, April 28 — Workers Memorial Day.
Ergonomic regulation reform put on the back burner
It’s been nine years since a Republican-majority Congress overturned brand-new workplace ergonomic regulations. One year into Democratic controlf of the White House and Congress, there’s no appetite for reinstating them.

Washington state

Senator Murray: I-5 bridge decision must be made quickly
U.S. Sen. Patty Murray told Southwest Washington union officials April 8 that federal funding for a new Interstate 5 bridge over the Columbia River could be delayed by as much as eight years if politicians from Oregon and Washington don’t put their egos aside and quickly find agreement on what type of bridge they want.
Senator Cantwell: Jobs are priority number one
Several dozen local labor leaders met with Washington U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell April 6 in a wide-ranging half-hour long exchange at her offices in the Marshall House in the Fort Vancouver National Historic Site.
Clark County Clerk Parker announces re-election bid
Clark County Clerk Sherry Parker announced her run for re-election. A former member of Office and Professional Employees Local 11, Parker has served as County Clerk since January 2007.

Job announcement
Labor’s Community Service Agency, Inc. seeks executive director, full time (40+ hrs. per week), starting salary: $52,000 to $60,000 annually, DOE.
Application Deadline: Friday, April 30, 2010 at 5 p.m. For a complete job description, click here.