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    What’s
Happening
Thompson wins
fifth term at
Roofers Local 49
Michael Thompson has been re-
elected by acclamation as business
manager of the United Union of
Roofers, Waterproofers and Allied
Workers Local 49 in Portland.
He was sworn in to his fifth term of
the 450-member local on July 13.
In a three-way race for president,
Darrell Hopkins Sr. unseated incum-
bent Russ Garnett. Candidate Jim
Newsom finished third.
Russ Nicolai defeated Bruce Wynne
for an open seat as vice president,
while John Havens was re-elected
Warden, defeating Jim Breneman.
Paul Corbin ran unopposed for
recording secretary. He succeeds
Howard Nave, who is retiring.
Elected to Local 49’s Executive
Board were Hopkins Sr., Nicolai, Gar-
nett, Ray Carpenter and Emily Blatch-
ford.
Elected delegates to the interna-
tional convention were Carpenter,
Garnett, Hopkins Sr., Nicolai and and
Nave.
SEIU endorses
Gov. Kulongoski
for re-election
The Service Employees Interna-
tional Union (SEIU) announced July
31 that it has endorsed Gov. Ted Ku-
longoski’s re-election effort.
SEIU Locals 503 and 49, which
represent 45,000 workers in Oregon,
endorsed Democratic challenger Jim
Hill in the three-man primary in May.
“In this (general) election, Kulon-
goski is clearly the right candidate for
Oregon,” said Kurt Kessler, an SEIU
Local 503 member who provides serv-
ices to senior citizens in Medford.
“There is no question in our minds
that working families will be better off
(if Kulongoski is re-elected.)”
Joe DiNicola, a corporate tax audi-
tor who serves as president of SEIU
Local 503, says Kulongoski’s Repub-
lican opponent Ron Saxton is too ex-
treme for Oregon.
“If elected, Saxton will dismantle
the services Oregonians rely on. When
it comes to affordable health care, edu-
cation for our children economic fair-
ness and workers’ rights, Ron Saxton
plans to send Oregon backwards,”
DiNicola said.
SEIU’s endorsement follows hun-
dreds of conversations among union
members, as well as votes by union
members elected to its political action
committees and boards of both locals.
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L ABOR
AND
P OLITICAL
NEWS FR OM AR OUND THE
P A C I F I C N O R T H W E S T
‘Union Yes’ racer
qualifies 16th at
Woodburn event
WOODBURN, Ore. — The
“Union Yes” race car driven by
Plumbers and Fitters Local 290 mem-
ber Greg Hindman qualified 16th at
the Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series
event July 6-9 at Woodburn Dragstrip.
Sixty-four cars attempted to lock-in
one of the 48 available positions in the
Top Comp qualifying field.
Hindman secured his top finish
with a 7.11-second pass during his
third run. He then went on to win three
rounds, making it to the remaining
four drivers in the Top Sportsman race.
The Woodburn race was Hind-
man’s third event in the 2006 season.
Earlier this year, the “Union Yes”
race car competed in divisional races
in Phoenix and Tucson, Arizona.
Hindman has been able to compete
with the help of sponsorships by labor
unions, councils and businesses.
“With all these locals, councils and
vendors working together towards one
message, ‘Union Yes,’ this program is
such a powerful advertising campaign.
We are able to reach many more peo-
ple than any one of us could do alone,”
said Hindman. “I feel so fortunate to
have the opportunity to represent or-
ganized labor. I am inspired by each
union member, and of course, by the
brothers and sisters of the labor move-
ment that came before us.”
Sponsors of the “Union Yes” race
car include the Columbia-Pacific
Building and Construction Trades
Council; Roofers Local 49; Cement
Masons Local 555; the International
Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Lo-
cals 280 and 640; Iron Workers Local
Motorcycle Poker Run delivers winning hand
Ashley Keels and Iris Smith of Doernbecher Children’s Hospital Foundation accept a check for $25,000 from the
“Unions for Kids” Motorcycle Poker Run held June 10 in Portland. Presenting the check is Unions for Kids co-chair
Lee Duncan (center), a business representative of Electrical Workers Local 48, and Dave Tully of Teamsters Joint
Council 37. The fourth annual Motorcycle event raised more than three times the $7,500 total last year. Nearly 300
riders, mostly union members and their friends, participated. “In four years we have jumped from the initial $2,500
raised to this year’s $25,000,” said Duncan. “This event has become a tremendous success. It is great to be able to do
something like this for the kids who desperately need our help.” For the second year in a row, the raffle included a new
Harley-Davidson motorcycle, which IBEW Local 48 member Bob Borman won. “Everyone wants that motorcycle,”
said Duncan. “The raffle adds excitement to the event and considerably increases participation.” Standing in the
background are union volunteers who helped staff the day-long event and members of unions that donated money.
The check was presented at the Northwest Oregon Labor Council delegates’ meeting July 24.
29; the Northwest Regional Council of
Carpenters, Plumbers and Fitters Lo-
cals 290 and Oregon AFSCME Coun-
cil 75. Corporate sponsors are Gre-
sham Transmission, AutoMax USA,
Nitrous Express and Wheelez.
For more information about the
race car, contact Brandi Hindman at
503-740-8806 or go to their Website at
www.unionyesracing.com.
Sheet Metal Workers ‘cruise-in’
Oregon Congresswoman Darlene Hooley calls out a winning ticket at the
Summer Blast and Cruise-In July 30 at West Linn Willamette Park hosted by
Sheet Metal Workers Local 16, SMACNA and the HVAC & Metals Institute.
The day included a barbecue, live band, kids’games and a display of hot rods,
trucks and motorcycles. All proceeds from the event went to Local 16’s Food
Bank. Helping with the prizes are Local 16 President Ric Olander (center),
and Business Representative Del Brown. About 600 people attended.
NORTHWEST LABOR PRESS
Labor Day picnics
on tap in Portland
and Bend, Ore.
350 janitors at
ServiceMaster win
back pay settlement
The Northwest Oregon Labor
Council once again will host a Labor
Day picnic.
Oaks Park in Southeast Portland
has been booked fro Monday, Sept. 4.
Unions are reserving space for what is
the largest Labor Day bash in Oregon.
Bill Lucy, secretary-treasurer of the
American Federation of State, County
and Municipal Employees, will be the
keynote speaker.
The Labor Council will sell food
scrip for 25 cents each. Three scrip
will get you a hot dog and chips, two
scrip a soda pop, and four scrip a beer.
A deluxe ride bracelet costs $8.25
and is good from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
This year the roller rink will be open
for those with ride bracelets.
For more information, or to pur-
chase scrip, call 503-235-9444.
Union members in Central Ore-
gon will host a “Labor Day Unity
Picnic” starting at noon Monday,
Sept. 4, at Pioneer Park.
Union members and family and
friends of labor are invited to enjoy
free hamburgers, hot dogs, vegetar-
ian choices, raw veggies, chips, dips,
soft drinks and more. Participants
are asked to bring a potluck dessert
to share. Entertainment will include
live music and games for kids.
For more information, call
Kathryn Wood at 541-385-8471.
Janitors ordered to arrive early for
work shifts at the Rose Garden arena
will get back pay as part of the set-
tlement of a court case. In July, Ser-
viceMaster Swan Island agreed to
pay $84,125 to settle a class action
lawsuit filed in May 2005 in Mult-
nomah County Circuit Court over
violations of Oregon’s wage and
hour laws.
The suit alleged that ServiceMas-
ter directed employees to arrive at a
certain time and then wait up to an
hour until the end of an event like a
Blazers basketball game, before
clocking in. That would run afoul of
Oregon law.
The settlement was declared a
victory by Portland-based Service
Employees Local 49, which paid the
attorneys fees. Local 49 has watch-
dogged abuses by ServiceMaster
Swan Island, a nonunion cleaning
firm that competes with unionized
companies. ServiceMaster Swan Is-
land janitors typically work part
time, make just above minimum
wage and do not receive health ben-
efits. ServiceMaster Swan Island is a
local franchise of a national com-
pany; some ServiceMaster fran-
chises are union-represented.
The damages will be split among
over 350 janitors who cleaned the
Rose Garden between 1999 and
2005, depending on hours worked.
AUGUST 4, 2006