June 4, 2010 Volume 111 Number 11
Primary results: Kitzhaber vs
Dudley for Oregon governor
In Oregon's May 18 primary, John Kitzhaber won the Democratic nomination for governor, and labor-endorsed candidates mostly did well.
[Left, members of Fire Fighters Local 1660 hover around Democratic gubernatorial nominee John Kitzhaber during primary election night party in Southeast Portland.]
State faces more budget woes — to tune of $577 million
Oregon public employee union leaders say they aren’t interested in opening their contracts in the wake of a quarterly revenue forecast revealing a $577.1 million shortfall for the 2009-11 budget.
Building trades collecting signatures for private casino
Developers of a proposed private casino in east Multnomah County have signed a memorandum of understanding with the Columbia Pacific Building and Construction Trades Council to build the project with union labor.
Stimulus funds will help Portland schools with ‘green’ retrofits
The Portland City Council on May 25 approved sub-allocating $11 million in federal stimulus bonds to Portland Public Schools for energy and water conservation projects that should create some jobs in the building trades.
ATU Local 757 files harassment complaints against Bend Area Transit contractor
The private non-profit that runs Bend’s bus service is targeting union supporters for discipline and harassment, according to a charge the union filed April 7 with the National Labor Relations Board.
BrucePac appeals order to reinstate fired union supporters
BrucePac, a nonunion meat processor in Silverton and Woodburn, was ordered in April by a federal judge to reinstate three workers who were fired for supporting a union. But BrucePac, represented by anti-union law firm Jackson Lewis, has filed an appeal, which will be taken up by the five-member National Labor Relations Board in Washington, D.C.
Convention Center servers cry foul as Aramark pockets their tips
Union members rallied outside the Oregon Convention Center May 21 to support a group of union kitchen, banquet and concession workers employed there by contractor Aramark.
Reliant Elevator acquired by Kone
Kone Elevators and Escalators has acquired Reliant Elevator Co., the largest independent union elevator service company in Oregon. Both companies are signatory with Elevator Constructors Local 23. Local 23 Business Manager Frank Regalado doesn’t anticipate any layoffs from the acquisition right away.
Opposition to Arizona’s immigration enforcement law continues to grow
The Northwest Oregon Labor Council passes a resolution condemning the new law.