7, 2006 Volume
107 Number 13
on strike by Friday
Nine months after
he was fired for union activity, a settlement brokered by the National
Labor Relations Board returned Cliff Puckett to a job as a carpenter
on the Benson Tower construction project in downtown Portland. That
was Wednesday, June 28. Two days later, he was on strike.
Puckett returns to work at the Benson Tower June 28, nine months
after being fired for involvement in a union campaign.
political party wins official ballot status in Oregon
of June 27, Oregon has a new minor political party. The Oregon Working
Families Party, brought to life by eight labor organizations and several
allied community groups, is meant to steer politics back to breadbasket
bargaining units settle contracts at Portland Public Schools
school district appears to be backing away from open warfare with
its unions. Still, the district's three contract settlements in
June look less like declarations of love than temporary truces between
Hilton workers join UNITE HERE Local 9
Hilton Vancouver Washington is now the fourth union hotel in the Portland
metro area. Last month, 130 housekeeping, laundry, restaurant, bar
and banquet workers became members of the garment and hospitality
union UNITE HERE Local 9.
agency will help Oregon veterans find jobs
Solutions for Clackamas County has been awarded a $750,000 grant from
the U.S. Department of Labor primarily to help Oregon's combat veterans
transition back into the civilian workforce.
Carpenters Industrial Council formed by national mergers
Portland-based Western Council of Industrial Workers has merged with
three other councils to form the national Carpenters Industrial Council.
ethanol plant to be union-built
Grain Products at Port Westward on the Columbia River will be the
largest ethanol plant on the West Coast, producing 113.4 million gallons
of corn-based dry mill fuel-grade ethanol per year. It will serve
markets in Oregon, Washington, California, Alaska, Hawaii and the
Oregon profs drop strike plans, okay deal
Faculty at Eastern Oregon University (EOU) voted June
13 to approve a no-raise economic package. The deal will take them to
the end of their first union contract with the lowest wages of any public
university in Oregon.
Workers 280 elects Tim Nicol as business manager
Local 280, headquartered
in Tangent, Oregon, has 1,068 members in the electrical construction
industry, and a jurisdiction that runs from Woodburn to Cottage Grove
and from the Cascade Range to Central Oregon.
issues 2005 report on elections and workers rights
is holding steady at virtually nil, and complaints of employer violations
of labor law are on the decline, judging from the most recent annual
report of the National Labor Relations Board, the federal agency that
administers the basic law governing relations between labor unions
reinstates retiree benefits at Rexam
A California District
Court gave a group of Rexam retirees a major victory
when it ordered Rexam, the giant consumer packaging and beverage can
manufacturer, to reinstate retiree medical and prescription drug benefits
that Rexam unilaterally terminated effective Jan. 1, 2006.
we can ... make higher education affordable again
thing we can say about the 12,000 students who received degrees from
Oregon's public universities this year: More than any students who
them, they earned their educations.