May 20, 2011 Volume 112 Number 10

Fun in the Trades
Angie Couture of Iron Workers Local 29 shows middle school girls from Vancouver how to use a cutting torch at the 19th annual Women in Trades Fair. Approximately 600 students a day took part in the May 12-14 fair, sponsored by Oregon Tradeswomen Inc.

Faith leaders talk ‘labor’
Faith traditions have something to say about labor. To find out what, Amalgamated Transit Union Local 757 invited several clerics to attend its May 9 general membership meeting.

Anti-union campaign causes private Portland French School to close
When Portland French School teachers asked for union recognition in March 2010, the administrator threatened it would cause the school’s closure. The union campaign continued. On May 31, the school will close its doors — squeezed between a severe enrollment drop-off and a rapid run-up of expenses stemming from the anti-union campaign that school leaders waged.

Portland Jobs with Justice turns 20
Portland Jobs with Justice — protest dynamo, exemplar of solidarity, incubator of labor activism — turns 20 this year. Supporters filled a Portland Hilton ballroom May 14 to celebrate and remember.

Mt. Hood college, faculty reach last-minute contract
A late-breaking contract settlement averted a planned strike at Mt. Hood Community College. For weeks the school had been advertising for workers to replace instructors in the event of a strike, which was set to begin May 12.
Card to lead Letter Carriers state association
Portland letter carrier Kevin Card won election as president of the National Association of Letter Carriers Oregon State Association. The state association coordinates politics and education for about 3,300 urban letter carriers in locals around the state.
Chamberlain appointed to port commission
Oregon AFL-CIO President Tom Chamberlain has been appointed to the Port of Portland commission. Chamberlain joins Bruce Holte of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union and Ken Allen of Oregon AFSCME Council 75 on the nine-member body.

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