September 21, 2007 Volume 108 Number 18
Hilton workers rally
Sweeney, Edwards will headline Oregon AFL-CIO convention
National AFL-CIO President John Sweeney, Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards, and Oregon Gov. Ted Kulongoski are scheduled to address delegates to the Oregon AFL-CIO's 50th convention Oct. 7-10 in Seaside, Oregon.
Labor Council opposes tax-funded day labor center
The Northwest Oregon Labor Council took action Aug. 27 opposing a proposed day labor center subsidized by the City of Portland. Union officials also are miffed at their exclusion from a committee comprised of self-identified stakeholders such as day laborers, Hispanic organizations, businesses, churches and neighborhood groups.
Disabled worker programs act as a wedge for privatization
Critics say an Oregon program to help disabled workers has run amok, threatening public and private-sector union jobs while neglecting the truly disabled.
New group formed for union members who like to hunt and fish
A new group for union members who hunt and fish is offering discounts on magazines and outdoor gear — and inviting members to bring the power of the union idea to conservation efforts.
Firefighters use new card-check law to secure union
In August, a group of eight employees at Newport Fire & Rescue became the first in Oregon to make use of a new state law that requires public employers to recognize a union based on "card check."
Maintenance workers ratify new pact with Portland Schools by one vote
By a vote of 40 to 39, maintenance and construction workers ratified a new four-year contract at Portland Public Schools Aug. 29. The crew had been working under a management-implemented contract since June 11. In April, members had rejected the district's proposal by a margin of 80 percent, and authorized a strike — the first such authorization in the unit's history.
Farra elected secretary-treasurer of Transit Union Local 757
Tri-Met streetcar operator Evette Farra has been elected secretary-treasurer of Portland-based Amalgamated Transit Union Local 757, out-polling five other candidates in a race to fill the unexpired term of Tom Wallace. Wallace resigned in February after admitting to stealing money from a special fund set up to help pay child care and elder care expenses for Tri-Met employees. He is now facing a federal criminal indictment.
Oregon AFL-CIO endorses two ballot referrals: Measures 49, 50
The Oregon AFL-CIO is getting behind a land-use reform proposal and a cigarette tax increase to fund health care — two ballot measures that will go before voters in November. Both are referrals from the Oregon Legislature.
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