May 19, 2006  Volume 107 Number 10

Local 290 members awarded as heroes in crash
Jeff Morgan, Eric Moen and Greg Thrush — all members of Plumbers and Fitters Local 290 — received awards for heroism last month from the Washington County Fire Department No. 2 and the City of North Plains for their actions in rescuing three men in an accident that involved a Toyota Corolla and a tanker truck carrying hot asphalt.

Primary election results: It’s Kulongoski vs. Saxton in November
Incumbent Oregon Governor Ted Kulongoski was the winner in the Democratic primary election for governor. At press time, he had 55 percent of the vote against challengers Jim Hill and Peter Sorenson.

Labor federations reach accord on Solidarity Charters
The Change to Win union federation is forming a new political organization, and says that after 2006, it will not renew the Solidarity Charters that allow local affiliates to remain a part of state and local AFL-CIO bodies.
Williams Controls plans to lay off workers and move jobs to China
Williams Controls — site of an 11-month strike that ended nearly three years ago — plans to lay off half its Portland production workforce and move work to its facility in Suzhou, China.

Judge says prevailing wage law doesn't apply on PDC job
A Multnomah County Circuit Court judge ruled May 3 that the state prevailing wage law doesn't apply to a Portland renovation project that is being partially financed with taxpayer dollars.
Cancer claims Cornelia Murphy, 40, former Oregon AFSCME political staffer
Friends and colleagues remember Murphy as an incredibly hard worker who lived life with gusto and was intensely proud to be part of the labor movement. Funny, irreverent and headstrong, Murphy had a talent for inspiring volunteers to get involved, and making them feel rewarded.
ATU Local 757 members will represent Tri-Met at Rail Rodeo in New York
There are no bucking broncs or charging bulls in the International Rail Rodeo; in fact, there's probably no safer, politer rodeo anywhere. But whoever wins at Coney Island, New York on June 10 will be considered the best rail transit operator in the nation.

Former congressman David Bonior works for reform in U.S. labor law
David Bonior, head of the union-backed group American Rights at Work, visited Portland May 5 as a guest of the City Club of Portland, an influential non-partisan civic affairs organization. Unions are in trouble, Bonior and other speakers said, and that does matter — to every worker.