June 6, 2008 Volume 109 Number 11
Labor Press editor and columnist Gene Klare dies
Latest anti-union ads target Oregon’s Jeff Merkley
A pair of business-backed front groups run by a Washington, D.C., lobbyist is waging a wide-ranging media campaign against organized labor. Stopping the union-backed Employee Free Choice Act appears to be the goal of the campaign by the Center for Union Facts and the Employee Freedom Action Committee.
UNITE HERE Local 9 gets contract at Portland Hilton
Contract negotiators for the Portland Hilton Hotel & Executive Tower and UNITE HERE Local 9 reached a breakthrough May 29 that will likely end the union’s seven-month-old boycott of the hotel.
Sizemore held in contempt of court
A Multnomah County judge held anti-union ballot measure activist Bill Sizemore in contempt of court May 27 for willfully violating a 2003 court order. The court order came after a lawsuit filed in 2000 by the Oregon Education Association and American Federation of Teachers-Oregon.
Union-built Cascade Grain ethanol plant up and running
The union-built and union-operated Cascade Grain ethanol plant at Clatskanie, Oregon's Port Westward Energy Park is in full production as of June 6. The $192 million all-union plant broke ground under a project labor agreement in July 2006 and was completed last month. More than 400 construction workers logged over 800,000 hours building the facility — the largest ethanol plant on the West Coast and one of the 10 largest in the United States..
Building trades unions say: "Enough talk. Build the bridge now"
Building trades union officials are scratching their heads over a resolution introduced May 27 at the regional Metro Council that, if passed, could scuttle a proposed $4.2 billion Interstate 5 bridge project spanning the Columbia River.
Steelworkers ratify new contract at Cascade Steel
United Steel Workers Local 8378 reached a final agreement with Cascade Steel Rolling Mills, which members ratified May 30. After voting down an earlier company offer several weeks prior, members picketed outside the McMinnville plant and conducted a one-shift shutdown of the melt shop May 16
ATU 757 gets tentative deal at Bend Transit
Amalgamated Transit Union Local 757 officials reached a tentative agreement for a three-year contract covering Bend Area Transit workers employed by Paratransit Services, the contractor that runs public transit for the City of Bend. The union has scheduled a ratification vote on June 6.
Labor wins big in Oregon primaries
and federal: Union backing makes the difference in several
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