2, 2006 Volume
107 Number 11
Trojan cooling tower imploded
On May 21, in 10 seconds, the cooling tower at the Trojan nuclear
plant in Rainier, Ore., was imploded by explosives, falling 499
feet to the ground. Union work crews drilled the holes for the dynamite,
and went to work removing all the debris. Over the next three years,
PGE plans to demolish several facilities at the site, part of its
1996 decommission plan. (Photo courtesy PGE)
school custodians could get millions in back pay
The return to work
of 330 Portland Public Schools custodians is still full of uncertainty,
six months after the Oregon Supreme Court declared that their 2002
firing was illegal. When they’ll return, whether they’ll
receive back pay, and what their pay and benefits will be, remain
to be determined.
bolt AFL-CIO; SEIU leaves Oregon state fed
May 20, SEIU Locals 503 and 49 voted to end
their charter agreements with the Oregon AFL-CIO. The two unions accounted
for more than 42,000 members at the state labor federation.
frowns on state official’s role on ‘Fair Elections’
After Oregon Secretary
of State Bill Bradbury agreed to look at the union election rights of
workers at Providence Health Systems, he got a pair of threat letters
from Providence and its industry association.
Local 290 obtains $3.60 an hour raise over next 3 years
and Fitters Local 290 have come to terms on an economic package covering
the last three years of their six-year collective bargaining agreement
with the Plumbing and Mechanical Contractors Association.
Lottery workers vote to stay nonunion
A majority of workers at the Oregon Lottery are betting they'll be better off on their own — without a union. In mail-in
ballots counted May 23, 127 Lottery workers voted in favor of joining
the largest state employees union, Service Employees International Union
Local 503, while 165 voted against. Turnout was 96 percent.
regular column by Tim Nesbitt
can’t win, but he can spoil the race for governor
pundits are calling this a three-way race for governor. If that’s
the case, put Ben Westlund on the bottom of your trifecta ticket, because
he’s a sure thing to finish third.