September 18, 2009 Volume 110 Number 18

Kitzhaber gets early labor backing
Former Oregon governor John Kitzhaber heard statements of encouragement from organized labor after his Sept. 2 announcement he will run for governor again in 2010, including endorsement from the state's largest private sector union.

[Left, Democratic gubernatorial candidate John Kitzhaber serves hamburgers to members of UFCW Local 555 at Oaks Park on Labor Day. With him is Local 555 Secretary-Treasurer Jeff Anderson. (Photo courtesy of Renae Miller)]

Youth Movement? Labor ponders how to bring in the young
This week in Pittsburgh, Oregon native Liz Shuler was confirmed as second-in-command of the national AFL-CIO; she’s 39 years old. Her ascension, on the slate of incoming AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka, signals new attention to labor’s need to reach out to the young.
LERC professor Lafer will advise U.S. House labor panel
Gordon Lafer, assistant professor at the University of Oregon Labor Education and Research Center, is moving to Washington, D.C., to work as senior labor policy adviser for the U.S. House of Representatives’ Committee on Education and Labor.
Commissioners in Clatsop County face recall effort for supporting LNG plant
Three Clatsop County commissioners who support a liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal, proposed for a site 20 miles east of Astoria on the Columbia River, are facing a recall effort by opponents of LNG.
Workers at Oregon University System reach agreement on two-year contract
Negotiators for more than 4,000 classified workers on seven campuses in the Oregon University System who are represented by Service Employees Local 503 have reached a tentative agreement on a new two-year contract.
Steelworkers Union organizes recycling firm
Seven weeks after one worker called the Oregon AFL-CIO asking how to unionize, 27 employees at CRT Processing in Clackamas became members of United Steel Workers.
UNITE HERE Local 9 workers hit by Portland Hilton closures
Just months after Benson and Paramount sign union contracts, Portlandís flagship hotel announces temporary partial shutdowns.
SEIU’s Crider leaves organized labor
Lynn-Marie Crider, policy director for SEIU Local 49, has begun a new job as policy analyst for Office for Oregon Health Policy and Research. Crider has spent most of the last 27 years working for the labor movement as a lawyer, researcher, organizer, and negotiator.
Portland Labor Day picnic draws crowd of elected leaders
U.S. senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden, and Portland Mayor Sam Adams, attended this year's Oaks Park Labor Day picnic. Merkley and Congressman Kurt Schrader took the stage to speak, as did Secretary of State Kate Brown, Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian, and Portland City Commissioner Dan Saltzman.
Group wants to revitalize construction partnership
A group representing labor, management and owner/developers has taken steps to revitalize Partners in Construction Cooperation (PICC) in Oregon and Southwest Washington.

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