November 5, 2010 Volume 111 Number 21
Washington labor weigh election results
Oregon voters mostly returned labor-backed Democrats to office,
bucking the national Republican tsunami
in the midterm elections. But for Washington's union movement, election
night was bittersweet.
Holding a Kitzhaber sign, Joe Peizner of AFSCME Local 328 reacts
to election returns at Hilton Hotel.]
to work: Intel to spend nearly $4 billion to build new Hillsboro fab
Microchip giant Intel’s announcement Oct. 19 that it will
build a brand new development fabrication plant at its Ronler Acres
Campus in Hillsboro was music to the ears of construction union
officials. Intel said as many as 6,000 construction jobs will be
pro-union teacher turns down two years salary to settle case
teacher terminated for supporting a union campaign at Portland French
School turned down an offer of two years salary if she would drop
her legal case and give up her right to return. In the trial that
followed, a federal judge heard evidence about the termination and
other labor law violations. On Oct. 26, a federal district court judge
ordered the school to cease and desist further lawbreaking.
Pipe project wraps up ahead of schedule
the 530-ton tunnel boring machine, has finished tunneling on the
East Side Big Pipe project, the largest public infrastructure project
in Portland’s history. At its peak, more than 100 members
of Laborers Local 320, and 150 members of Operating Engineers Local
701 worked on the project.
for the holidays: There ARE union travel options
flying unionized airlines, workers and their families can say “Union,
Yes” when they travel. The Northwest Labor Press ranked airlines
that fly out of Portland International Airport, from most to least
unionized. At the top is US Airways, 87 percent unionized. At the
bottom is JetBlue, the only totally nonunion major airline.
Union 757 pushes back against TriMet
board members got some heat Oct. 28 over the transit agency’s
decision to impose terms on union members while it waits for an
arbitrator to pick between union and management final contract offers.
mail delivery to continue — for now
this year, the U.S. postmaster general proposed eliminating mail
delivery on Saturdays, but so far, Congress isn’t going along
Eagle to lay off 55 Machinists
Silver Eagle Manufacturing Co. will lay off 55 workers — members
of Machinists Lodge 1005 — starting Dec. 17. Employment peaked
at 134 bargaining unit members this year. The workers average $14
to $15 per hour, plus benefits.
host seminar on home foreclosures
Community Service Agency and Machinists District Lodge 24 sponsored
a seminar Oct. 22 for people facing foreclosure on their homes.
About 70 people attended.