2, 2004 Volume
105 Number 7
Should Budweiser remain the choice of union beer drinkers? Not in Portland,
say Teamsters Local 162 leaders, who've tried 14 months to get a contract
for the workers who distribute it. Left, Trailblazers VP J. Isaac reads
a flier given out by Teamsters leader Phil Muter outside the Rose Garden
Local 11 ratifies five-year Çjoint accordÁ at Northwest Natural
Members of Office and Professional Employees Local 11 ratified a new five-year
joint accord March 24 at Northwest Natural that guarantees
no layoffs, full maintenance of benefits the first two years, and wage
hikes of 12 to nearly 24 percent for a few over the life of the agreement.
AFL-CIO issues endorsements for May 18 primary
seeking labors endorsement were required to complete an eight-page
questionnaire outlining their positions on issues such as prevailing wage,
right-to-work and minimum wage laws. They also were asked to sign a pledge
supporting a statement of principles that all workers be entitled
to freedom of association.
Leonard win NOLC backing
The Northwest Oregon Labor Council has endorsed Jim Francesconi for mayor
of Portland and Randy Leonard for City Council. Most of NOLCs attention,
however, was directed at the race for Francesconis vacant council
seat. Two men are in a heated battle for the post labor attorney
Nick Fish and former Katz aide Sam Adams. Meanwhile, the Portland Association
of Teachers and the Portland Police Association announced their endorsement
of Jim Francesconi for mayor of Portland.
Çpre-approveÁ strike at Freightliner yard
More than 450 of the Machinists unions 830 members employed at Portland-based
Freightliner turned out for a meeting March 27 to discuss bargaining issues
and formulate a negotiating plan. By an overwhelming majority, members
voted to give preliminary strike vote authority to union leaders
as they prepare for negotiations with Freightliner Corp.
at Portland Public Schools ratify two-year contract
agreement provides for wage increases of 4 percent retroactive to November
2003 and another 4 percent increase effective July 2004.
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