June 17, 2011 Volume 112 Number 12
ILWU rally

ILWU protests spread of non-union waterfront
Left, ILWU International Vice President Ray Familathe (with bullhorn) leads 1,200 longshore workers and union allies June 3 outside the downtown Portland corporate office of grain company EGT Development.  ILWU wants a union contract for a new grain terminal set to open this summer at the Port of Longview.

Rogue Ales puts chill on Teamsters Union campaign
When its minimum wage brewery workers sought out a union, Rogue Ales lawyered up and fired two of them.
NLRB sees unprecedented political interference in Boeing case
Business groups, business media, and Republican members of Congress are outraged that a little-known federal agency enforcing a 75-year-old law about unionization is questioning the Boeing move to produce its product in South Carolina.

SEIU Local 503 adds 7,700 members to become Oregon's largest union
In ballots counted June 2, a unit of 7,751 state-paid personal service providers voted to join SEIU Local 503. The vote brings Local 503’s total membership to 54,000, surpassing Oregon Education Association and making it the state’s largest union.

We've been green for decades, construction unions tell lawmakers
A dozen union locals set up displays in the state Capitol galleria June 2 to tell Oregon lawmakers that building trade unions have been training members to work green. “We don’t need training grants to teach new workers in green industries," said Building Trades executive secretary John Mohlis. "We have people fully trained and ready to go to work. We just need the jobs.”

Steelworkers ratify pact at Georgia-Pacific's Wauna mill
At Georgia-Pacific’s paper mill in Wauna, Oregon, members of United Steelworkers ratified the company’s final contract proposal. Members had voted down an earlier offer in January and in April authorized a strike. Georgia-Pacific is owned by Koch Industries.

Wu bill would speed benefits for workers who lose jobs to trade
Oregon Congressman David Wu said he will introduce a bill this month to streamline access to Trade Adjustment Assistance benefits for workers displaced by outsourcing to other countries as a result of free trade agreements.
Unions for Kids poker run raises $50,000 for children’s hospital
A record 477 motorcycle riders took part in the ninth annual “Unions For Kids Poker Run and Chili Cook-off” June 11. Proceeds totaling $50,000 from the ride and raffle went to Doernbecher Children’s Hospital. Since its inception, the event has raised more than $271,000.
NOLC recognizes 16 individuals, 4 groups
The Northwest Oregon Labor Council recognized 16 people and four organizations June 4 at its annual Labor Appreciation and Recognition Night dinner. Nearly 200 people attended. The guest speaker was Oregon Congressman David Wu.

Local union officer elections

Laborers Local 320 re-elects Dave Tischer
David Tischer was re-elected to a third term as business manager/secretary treasurer of Laborers Local 320 in a mail ballot election counted June 7. He defeated challenger Robert Prominski by a wide margin.

Vancouver Laborers Local 335 re-elects Dave Ritchey
Dave Ritchey was re-elected business manager/ secretary-treasurer of Vancouver-based Laborers Local 335 in an election held June 3. He defeated challenger Randy Dalton by nearly a 3-to-1 margin.

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