June 20, 2008 Volume 109 Number 12

Experienced mixer adds ‘salt’ to nonunion bakery
How a union organizer got a job at a nonunion bakery, was discovered, fired, and reinstated in an
out-of-court settlement.

[Left, Bakers union organizer Georgene Barragan holds a copy of a legal settlement that wins her the right to return to Breadsong Bakery in Lake Oswego.]

Film crew documents postal security breaches by Beaverton contract carrier
Union leaders warned management this would happen. If the U.S. Postal Service contracted out mail delivery in places like Beaverton, Oregon, there would be accountability problems and breaches of mail security, said the National Association of Letter Carriers. And thatís a hidden camera crew found in June when they followed a Beaverton postal service contractor for several days.

Big choices ahead devising health care plan to cover all Oregonians
A complicated proposal to require health insurance for all Oregonians is nearing the next phase. Six citizen committees that have worked on different parts of the plan since last winter are finalizing their recommendations to the governor-appointed Oregon Health Fund Board.
Bargaining continues for first contract at Vancouver Hilton
Portland-based UNITE HERE Local 9 may be near to obtaining a first union contract for about 150 workers at the Hilton Vancouver Washington hotel.

Carpenters strike Robinson Construction
The Carpenters Union launched an unfair labor practice strike in Oregon June 2 against general contractor Robinson Construction. The contractor sent letters to its unionized workforce saying they had until May 23 to resign from the union.

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