July 2, 2010 Volume 111 Number 13
AFSCME crew spends furlough
day cleaning up river trash
June 18, about a dozen AFSCME members used a furlough day to fish trash out of the river at Cathedral Park under the St. Johns Bridge in Portland.
Heintzman tapped as president of ATU international union
Ron Heintzman, former president of Portland-based Amalgamated Transit Union Local 757, has been appointed international president by the ATU’s General Executive Board following the retirement of Warren S. George, effective July 1.
Trained home energy workers waiting for jobs
Home energy efficiency is said to be growing rapidly, and yet nearly a year into a much-watched Portland pilot project, fewer than a dozen union-trained workers have found "green jobs" weatherizing homes.
Food service workers at Convention Center authorize strike against Aramark
Food service workers at the Oregon Convention Center rejected a final contract offer by Aramark, and authorized the union to call a strike at any time.
NLRB seeks injunction against BrucePac
The National Labor Relations Board is seeking a federal court injunction ordering BrucePac to reinstate three fired union supporters. BrucePac, a Willamette Valley cooked meat processor, was accused last year of firing 17 pro-union workers weeks after workers began a campaign to join Laborers Local 296.
This just in: DOL wins back pay for Umatilla workers, six months ago
Staff at Operating Engineers Local 701 were surprised to read June 15 in the Oregonian that Umatilla Chemical Depot workers "are getting" $4.2 million in back pay. Those checks went out last December to several hundred union members at the Depot, and the Labor Press reported it — six months before.
UFCW Local 555 to hold job actions at Fred Meyer stores
United Food and Commercial Workers Local 555 will hold a "Freedom Solidarity Shop Week" July 5-12 at various Fred Meyer stores to support non-food employees who have been bargaining for months for a new contract.
Safeway plant sanitors join Bakers Union
Sanitation workers at the Safeway Clackamas Bread Plant voted June 3 to join Bakers Local 114. The vote was 10 to 2.
AFL-CIO leaders get earful at first-ever labor youth summit
More than 400 young union activists from around the country met top AFL-CIO leaders at a June 10-13 “Next Up” Young Workers Summit in Washington, D.C.
Hughes, Smith pick up union endorsements
The Northwest Oregon Labor Council and the Columbia Pacific Building and Construction Trades Council issued endorsements in runoff elections for Multnomah County Commission and Metro.
AFL-CIO’s Shepard exits Metro race
Oregon AFL-CIO Political Director Duke Shepard has withdrawn from the non-partisan race for Metro Council, District 1. Shepard finished second in a four-person primary election May 18.