August 17, 2007 Volume 108 Number 16
Labor Day 2007 — Oregon union picnic schedule
once-a-year labor holiday, check out a picnic near you for food,
family fun, and worker solidarity.
of the Unions: How are workers doing?
kind of shape is the local labor movement in, and how are working
people doing? Labor Day is a good time to take the pulse of labor,
so for perspectives on the subject, the Northwest Labor Press talked
to Tom Chamberlain, president of the Oregon AFL-CIO; Bob Bussel,
director of the University of Oregon’s Labor Education and
Research Center; and Art Ayre, labor economist for the Oregon Employment
will keep pushing for freedom to unionize
U.S. union leaders
got closer this year to reforming America's basic labor law than
they have in at least three decades. After generations of decline,
hopes for a union comeback are pinned on the Employee Free Choice
Act — a bill in Congress
that would make it easier for workers to unionize and get a fair
City lands on Oregon AFL-CIO’s Do Not Patronize List
The Oregon AFL-CIO
has added Circuit City to its Unfair/Do Not Patronize List. In March,
Circuit City fired 3,400 “associates” and offered to
rehire them at a lower wage. The company said it was eliminating
jobs that paid “well above” market rates.
School employees union to vote on affiliation with AFT
Members of the independent Oregon School Employees Association will
vote whether or not to affiliate with the American Federation of
Delegates attending OSEA’s 2007 Annual Conference in June
approved a resolution to put the affiliation question to a vote
of its 16,000 dues-paying members. Talks between the two organizations
have been going on for several years.
AFL-CIO E-Board rejects 2005 resolution supporting Kyoto Protocol
Oregon AFL-CIO resolution on global warming that has been languishing
for two years was officially put to rest Aug. 10.
The resolution, to endorse the Kyoto treaty on global warming, was
first introduced at the union federation's October 2005 convention.
workers’ case may reach U.S. high court
U.S. Sen. Gordon
Smith (R-Ore.) called on the Bush Administration to
take the side of Enron's victims in a lawsuit that may end up in
the U.S. Supreme Court. Smith made the call after learning that
New York-based Center for Justice and Democracy and Oregon Attorney
General Hardy Myers would be staging a press conference near his
Portland office, along with two Oregon PGE/Enron workers. Normally,
the Securities and Exchange Commission would intervene on the side
of stockholders in such a case, filing an “amicus brief”
with the Supreme Court. But the Bush Administration has refused
to allow the SEC to file a brief in support of investors.
want Pepsico plant in Albany to be built by local workers
workers — plumbers, laborers, electricians, operating engineers,
carpenters and others — are opposing a proposal by the Albany
City Council to create an urban renewal district that would primarily
benefit a multi-billion-dollar corporation.
CWA Local 7901 reaches stalemate at credit union
Members of Portland-based Communications Workers of America Local
7901 have reached a stalemate at Unitus Community Credit Union.
Workers rejected management’s final union contract proposal
by 3-to-1. The issue dividing the sides is merit pay. Local 7901
President Madelyn Elder says it’s a core union principle to
oppose pay systems that give all the discretion to management to
decide whether and how much an employee should earn.