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manuals for the floorcovering trade, including spelling-out the duties of the labor-
management committee chairman.
WOOD-CARVING is one of talented Bill Wilkerson's avocations. He has
carved busts of Indians wearing war feathers. fishermen with a creel and a dog,
mountain men and various caricatures — all of them about 10 to 12 inches high.
His carvings have won two first-place blue ribbons at Clark County Fairs in South-
west Washington, and many other awards throughout the Southwest. He teaches
wood-carving to seniors at recreation centers in Southern California and Arizona
while on winter sojourns with Karel.
Professional archery is another of Wilkerson’s pursuits. He helped start the
professional division of the National Field Archery Association, which sponsors
tournaments for bow-and-arrow enthusiasts. He served for many years as the as-
sociation’s Northwest chairman. He was sponsored by Bear Archery Association.
ANOTHER RECREATION interest of Wilkerson’s was competitive target-
shooting with muzzle-loaders, which are rifles and pistols loaded with black pow-
der. Due to an on-the-job injury and neck surgery, Wilkerson was forced to dis-
continue his archery and black-powder activities.
Bill also builds model railroads.
KAREL WILKERSON retired about the same time that Bill did. She worked
for 20-plus years for the Department of Corrections in Vancouver, where she was
a clerical supervisor. The Wilkersons spend much of their retirement time travel-
ing in the American Southwest in their 36-foot recreational vehicle.
Bill and Karel have a son, Steve; a daughter, Andrea Perkins; and six grand-
children. Steve and son-in-law Noel Perkins are both employed at Studer's Floor
Covering and are members of Local 1236.
Kaufmans mark 70th wedding anniversary
Ralph Kaufman, a retired secretary-treasurer of Auto Mechanics Local Lodge
1005, and his wife, Solveig, celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary on Sept. 6
at a gathering of family and friends at their assisted living residence in the Beaver-
ton area. They were married on Sept. 6, 1936 in Zion, North Dakota. Among those
attending the celebration was a
nephew, Wayne Burkhart, who
was present at their wedding
when he was age four. The
Kaufmans have two sons,
Murlan and Richard; five
grandchildren and four great-
Garrett Lindsey, who recently
graduated from Penn State Uni-
versity, attended the celebra-
tion, as did grandson Dan Kauf-
man of Portland, a member of
Musicians Local 99. Son
Murlan lives in the Portland
area; son Richard lives in Fal-
lon, Nevada. It is sad to report
that Mrs. Kaufman died of a
stroke on Sept. 12. She was 93.
Ralph will be 98 on Oct. 31. He
is a member of the Labor Hall
of Fame sponsored by the
Northwest Oregon Labor Retirees Council. Local 1005 is affiliated with Portland-
based Machinists District Lodge 24.
MONROE SWEETLAND, a leader in Oregon Democratic politics who also
had experience in the labor movement, died at age 96 on Sept. 10 in Milwaukie
and was honored at a memorial service on Sept. 30 at Portland State University.
He was a member of the Labor Hall of Fame.
SWEETLAND WAS BORN on Jan. 20, 1910 in Salem and grew up in Ore-
gon and Michigan. After graduation from college in Ohio, he attended law schools
in New York State. He married Lillie Megrath in 1931. She died in 1995. They had
two daughters, Barbara Smith of Alaska and Rebecca Sweetland of Lake Oswego,
who survive him; as do three granddaughters and a great-grandson.
In the 1930s he worked in the East for the Congress of Industrial Organizations;
and in the mid-1960s after a political and newspaper ownership career in Oregon
he moved to California to be a lobbyist for the National Education Association.
HE WON ELECTION from Clackamas County to the Oregon House of Rep-
resentatives in 1952; later served in the Oregon Senate; ran twice for secretary of
state, and played a key role in Democratic election victories for statewide and fed-
eral offices in the 1950s.
OCTOBER 6, 2006
More than good roads
By JOHN MOHLIS
This summer, the nation celebrated
50 years since the Interstate Highway
System opened new markets and possi-
bilities for America’s farmers, salespeo-
ple and dreamers.
Fifty years from now, Oregon will
benefit from Gov. Ted Kulongoski's
equally smart investments in bringing
our state’s transportation system into
the 21st century.
As an advocate for sound public pol-
icy, I’m impressed by the governor’s
common-sense leadership in breaking
longstanding gridlock in Salem. It was-
n’t easy to garner bipartisan support for
two much-needed transportation bills.
And as a bricklayer who worked
with tools on job sites for many years
before taking on the job of representing
thousands of Oregon working families
in the construction trades, I’m equally
proud of the men and women who will
work hard in the coming decade to turn
the governor’s legislative victory into
The two transportation packages —
$2.5 billion in 2003 to upgrade our
roads and bridges, and another $100
million in 2005 to modernize our ports,
railways and aviation — will encourage
growth, reduce the cost of congestion
and inefficiency, and provide a gateway
to the global economy.
And they make good sense: Consider
an Oregon Department of Transporta-
tion report from three years ago. It
showed that hundreds of our middle-
aged concrete bridges have been weak-
ened to the point that truckers with
heavy loads are forced to waste time and
gas finding alternate routes. The aging
bridges could cost Oregon 88,000 jobs
and $123 billion in lost productivity over
the next 20 years. In that light, 2003’s
$2.5 billion upgrade passed to improve
our roads and bridges is a bargain.
Gov. Kulongoski’s subsequent Con-
nectOregon package last year dedicated
another $100 million without raising
taxes. It uses lottery-backed bonds to
improve the connection between high-
ways and other transportation types,
like railroads, airports, port facilities
and public transit. The 43 recently-ap-
proved projects include more than $4
million to the Port of Coos Bay for ma-
rine and rail improvements, an expan-
sion of the Redmond airport’s terminal,
and a $6.8 million improvement to the
Ramsey Rail Yard in Portland.
More than 10,000 Oregon construc-
tion workers — operating engineers, ce-
ment masons and other skilled workers
will be tapped to build this infrastruc-
ture. These workers will receive fair pay
and health and retirement benefits for
their work, thanks to Oregon’s prevail-
ing wage law. That means that they will
not only have enough money to feed
and clothe their families, but they will
have cash in their pockets to shop on
Main Streets across Oregon. This is
good news for small business owners
and employees from Astoria to Ash-
land, and Portland to Pendleton.
Along with the governor’s trans-
portation commitments, several compa-
nies that he recruited to Oregon — in-
cluding Genentech and Google, as well
as a $500 million commitment to build
and improve Oregon’s higher education
buildings — are putting Oregon to
Three years ago, unemployment in
the building crafts varied from 15 to 35
percent. Now, every craft is at full em-
ployment and starting new apprentices
The governor has announced that if
re-elected, he will work to pass Con-
nectOregon II: another $100 million of
lottery funds toward rail, aviation, tran-
sit and marine projects. He is also pro-
posing another investment in our higher
ed buildings. To be sure, in an age when
American workers are losing their jobs
to bad trade deals, Oregon’s investment
in our infrastructure is a wise one that
will pay off both in the long run for our
improved economy and education —
and in the week-to-week sustenance of
Oregon’s hardworking families.
(Editor’s Note: John Mohlis is exec-
utive secretary-treasurer of the Colum-
bia-Pacific Building Trades Council,
headquartered in Portland.)
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