August 20, 2010 Volume 111 Number 16

UFCW marches for justice in The Dalles
Non-food employees at The Dalles Fred Meyer voted Nov. 16, 2007, to join UFCW Local 555, and are still waiting for a contract.

[Local 555 President Dan Clay, left, and Secretary-Treasurer Jeff Anderson (on drums) lead about 200 people through the streets of The Dalles.]

Pelosi touts retrofit program as stimulus success
These days, the most popular words in the Democratic Party political vocabulary are “green” and “jobs.” Aug. 15, U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) was in Portland highlighting a program that combines the two.

SEIU's new leader warns of ‘coordinated attack’ on public workers
At Local 503's biennial General Council meeting, about 300 delegates interacted with their union’s new national leader, heard a farewell from outgoing executive director Leslie Frane, picketed a nearby Bank of America branch, and heard from three candidates seeking to succeed Frane.
Oregon Working Families Party runs Senate candidate
The Oregon Working Families Party — a union-backed minor political party — has set a course for the November general election. The party is cross-nominating 37 Democrats and one Republican, and running its own candidate for the U.S. Senate seat held by Democrat Ron Wyden.
I-5 Bridge Sponsors Council favors 10-lane span
Labor, business, and environmental leaders applauded a unanimous vote by the Columbia River Crossing Project Sponsors Council to replace the aging Interstate 5 bridge between Oregon and Washington with a new 10-lane span.
Fate of Portland’s ‘voter-owned elections’ in hands of voters
Portland voters will decide in November whether to continue the city’s “voter-owned elections” system of campaign finance. Several labor organizations are supporting the program’s continuation, on the grounds that it reduces the influence of big money in local politics  
Washington State Labor Council issues new set of endorsements
Democratic congressional candidate Denny Heck was endorsed by the Washington State Labor Council at its Constitutional Convention in Tacoma Aug. 11.
Holliday re-elected business manager of Operating Engineers Local 701
Mark Holliday has been re-elected to a sixth three-year term as business manager/financial secretary of Operating Engineers Local 701 after turning back a challenge from Dan Wagoner. The vote was 875-348.