19, 2006 Volume
107 Number 10
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.
election results: It’s Kulongoski vs. Saxton in November
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.
federations reach accord on Solidarity Charters
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
Controls plans to lay off workers and move jobs to China
— 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.
says prevailing wage law doesn't apply on PDC job
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.
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
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.
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.