June 1, 2007 Volume 108 Number 11

Afghan-Iraqi Freedom War Memorial has union ties
The new Afghan-Iraqi Freedom War Memorial, on the grounds of the Oregon Department of Veterans Affairs in Salem, has deep union ties. Bill McMichaels, left, a 33-year member of Plumbers and Fitters Local 290, designed the memorial, helped spearhead the drive to raise funds, and was the project manager responsible for finding skilled workers and contractors to donate their time and materials.

Labor still reeling from 1981 PATCO strike
Historian Joseph McCartin set out to study the 1981 air traffic controllers strike, and ended up knee-deep in a historical mystery: What caused the sudden death, or near-disappearance, of the strike?

Down to the wire at the Oregon Legislature — Labor lobbyists scramble to push through priority bills
With just four weeks left in the 2007 session of the Oregon Legislature, unions are scrambling to push priority bills through. Some union-backed bills have already made it to the finish line and have been signed into law by the governor. Others are for all intents and purposes dead.
Results from May 15 — Labor chalks up some election victories
Not many Oregonians seemed to notice the May 15 special election, and voter turnout was low in most places. However, politically-active unions were paying attention to the ballot.
Smith feeling pressure to support Employee Free Choice Act
Union members are putting pressure on Oregon’s Republican U.S. Senator Gordon Smith to support the Employee Free Choice Act, which would make it easier for workers to unionize and get their first union contract.

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