June 16, 2006  Volume 107 Number 12

Portland City Council takes hard look at PDC over construction pay
After several fruitless years spent courting favor with the Portland Development Commission, building trades union leaders are now going around the agency. They’re taking their agenda directly to Portland City Council.

Left: John Mohlis, Pete Savage, and Jim Francesconi testify at a June 7 City Council meeting.

Building trades’ Mohlis interested in PDC post
Organized labor has launched a campaign to get John Mohlis, executive secretary-treasurer of the Columbia-Pacific Building Trades Council, appointed to the Portland Development Commission, the quasi-independent development arm of the city of Portland.

Transit Local 757 elects officers; Jon Hunt will be new president
Twenty of the union’s 49 elected positions were contested, and campaigning was intense for the top leadership spots. In ballots counted June 6, Jon Hunt was declared the new president and Sam Schwarz the new vice president. Tom Wallace returned to a second term as financial secretary-treasurer.
Signature deadline nears; 17 initiative petitions being circulated
The Oregon AFL-CIO is hoping to get the jump on political season, and has started to educate political coordinators at affiliated unions about some of the measures likely to be on the ballot.

Temple retires as business manager of Cement Masons Local 555
Bruce Temple, a 35-year member of Portland-based Cement Masons Local 555, retired as the union’s business manager May 31. Temple, 57, stepped down in the middle of a three-year term. He has held the post since April 1996.
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