December 17, 2010 Volume 111 Number 24
report takes aim at state employees’ compensation
Oregon's outgoing governor is proposing that next year's Legislature
make a series of cuts to state employee compensation.
At his Dec. 1 “Reset Cabinet” press briefing, Gov. Ted
Kulongoski (left) proposes cuts to public employee compensation.
Looking on is his chief-of-staff Tim Nesbitt, former president of
the Oregon AFL-CIO.]
remains non-union as fourth group votes to reject unionization
Air Lines customer service workers voted Dec. 7 not to join the
Machinists. It was the fourth major union defeat at Delta since
heavily unionized Northwest Airlines merged into largely nonunion
Delta. Altogether, unions stood to gain 34,000 new members, but
instead lost 17,000 existing members.
U.S. political system has been hijacked by rich, political scientists
new book Winner-Take-All Politics: How Washington Made the Rich
Richer and Turned Its Back on the Middle Class, political scientists
Jacob Hacker and Paul Pierson demonstrate that America’s runaway
inequality wasn’t caused by impersonal economic forces, but
by a political system that has been hijacked by the super-rich. The
Labor Press spoke with Pierson by phone.
is out there for long-term unemployed
union members in need, by far the two biggest sources of help are
unemployment insurance and food stamps. In the Portland area, unions
refer hardship cases to Labor's Community Service Agency.
volunteers help build home for injured Iraq war veteran
of several trades unions were among scores of volunteers who helped
build a new home for injured Iraq war veteran SPC Kevin Pannell.
Pannell was serving in Iraq with the 1st Cavalry Division when he
was severely injured on June 13, 2004.
Ridderbusch named to governor-elect’s transition team
AFSCME staff rep Randy Ridderbusch has been named to Governor-elect
John Kitzhaber’s transition team regarding the Department
of Human Services, the Department of Corrections and the Oregon
program offers direct entry into Carpenters
Constructing Hope Pre-Apprenticeship Program held a graduation ceremony
for 13 trainees Dec. 2 at the Pacific Northwest Carpenters Institute.
Constructing Hope, a faith-based non-profit, recruits ex-offenders,
minorities, and low-income residents for free training to build
skills and knowledge of the construction industry.
Session golf tournament raises $300,000 for kids charities
children’s charities were presented with the proceeds of this
year’s 20th annual Business Union and Labor Leaders Charity
Golf Tournament. A total of $300,000 was distributed to local charities
that benefit children needing long-term chronic care, short-term
respite, and end-of-life care. Since its inception in 1990, the
BULL session has raised over $4 million.