July 16, 2010 Volume 111 Number 14
Portland postal workers rally
to save Saturday mail delivery
Protesting a proposed end to Saturday mail delivery, employees of
the U.S. Postal Service held a picket and rally July 1 outside Portland's
main post office.
Trucks drops wage cut demands, signs new three-year contracts
Union workers at the Daimler Trucks North America factory in Portland
agreed to a new set of three-year contracts after the company dropped
demands for wage concessions and “two-tier” contract
pension plans get more time to recover under newly-passed law
law will give pension plans more time to make up for investment
losses from the 2008 financial market downturn. HR 3962, signed
into law June 25, will take pressure off “defined benefit”
pension plans, which in the last year have had to ramp up employer
contributions and cut back benefits.
and illegal: Rules that ban coworker wage discussions break labor
non-union Jerry’s Home Improvement in Eugene, employees knew
the rule: Don’t discuss your wages with co-workers. Such rules
are common in workplaces throughout America. They’re also
Ron Wyden: Bush agenda may resurface if labor sits out election
than 70 union members met with U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Oregon) July
7 at a breakfast event sponsored by the Northwest Oregon Labor Council.
Wyden expressed concerned that labor and Democrats "aren’t
pumped" and might sit out the November election.
delegates take part in momentous AFSCME convention
union delegates had an impact in AFSCME's 39th international convention,
held June 27-July 2 in Boston. Resolutions that originated in Oregon
AFSCME locals were approved at the convention, and Oregon delegates
were vigorous campaigners in the contested race to succeed William
Lucy as secretary-treasurer of the 1.5-million-member union.
Local 99’s Fife elected international VP
Fife, president of Musicians Local 99 in Portland, was elected international
vice president of the American Federation of Musicians at their
June 21–24 national convention in Las Vegas. The AFM represents
85,000 members, including symphony, recording, and live-performance
named director of Labor’s Community Service Agency
Burns has been hired as executive director of Labor’s Community
Service Agency. She succeeds Glenn Shuck, who retired June 1 after
25 years with the agency. Burns has been the agency's office manager