June 3, 2011 Volume 112 Number 11
Better Way rally

Thousands at Capitol rally for a ‘Better Way’
State workers call for more efficient government, fewer managers, and more taxes on the wealthy.

Union workers under grave threat from Walmart expansion
A thousand UFCW members could lose jobs if Walmart opens 17 Portland-area stores as planned.

Merkley and Murray to NLRB: Don’t cave to GOP pressure on Boeing
U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) and Patty Murray (D-Wash.) have joined eight other U.S. senators in asking the National Labor Relations Board to ignore political pressure it is receiving following its complaint against the Boeing Co. And Oregon Congressman David Wu told the Machinists Union he supports its petition to retain production of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner in the Pacific Northwest.
Activists tell grain exporter to ‘Respect the Union Waterfront’
“Respect the local workforce, and make tons of money for years to come.” That’s the message that union activists have been sending to EGT Development regarding its massive new grain terminal at the Port of Longview, Washington.
Union battles continue in Wisconsin and state by state
The workers’ rights battle continued in state capitols around the country in April and May as Republican majorities passed anti-union laws — and unions revved up opposition, repeal and recall campaigns. Polls have continued to show an edge in public support for union rights.

Agencies dear to labor mostly spared cuts by Oregon Legislature
Among state agencies of special concern to organized labor — BOLI, LERC, and ERB —the scenario is belt-tightening, but no disabling cuts.

EEOC targets companies that used H2B visas to traffic foreign workers
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has filed federal lawsuits against companies that trafficked hundreds of foreign workers to Washington, Hawaii, Texas, and Mississippi and forced them to work under conditions of shocking exploitation.

Local voters mostly reject union picks in Oregon’s May 17 election
Portland voters narrowly rejected a six-year $548 million Portland Public Schools bond measure that might have put union members to work repairing and remodeling schools. And in local races, labor-endorsed candidates mostly fared poorly.
NALC food drive nearly 1.4 million pounds in Oregon SW Washington
Despite lingering effects of an economic recession, residents of Oregon and Clark County, Wash., donated 1,388,904 pounds of food this year at the 19th annual Letter Carriers National “Stamp Out Hunger” food drive.

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