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UA Local 290 to
offer members free
hepatitis testing
Plumbers and Fitters Local 290 will
offer free hepatitis testing for all of its
members Monday, Oct. 16, starting at
6 p.m.
Additionally, training for blood-
borne pathogens and infectious dis-
ease will be offered to all of the
union’s apprentices, and to any jour-
ney-level craftsperson who wants it.
Local 290 also offers a four-hour
pathogens class for its members.
Eugene/Springfield will also host
an event, and all apprentices and jour-
neymen and women throughout Local
290’s jurisdiction will have the testing
made available locally, said John En-
dicott, business manager and financial
secretary-treasurer of the union.
Plumbers and pipefitters are partic-
ularly susceptible on the job to hepati-
tis C, a potentially fatal disease of the
liver. The hep C virus (HCV) is spread
by blood to blood contact, and can be
acquired through broken skin, the mu-
cus membranes, or the eyes.
The free hepatitis testing is funded
through a partnership with Roche
PDC sessions
explore prevailing
work wage issues
The Portland Development Com-
mission held the first of three work
sessions it has scheduled to discuss
construction wages on projects that it
helps finance.
The first work session held Sept. 20
attracted about 45 people and featured
little discussion, but lots of history on
how state prevailing wage laws work.
Oregon Labor Commissioner Dan
Gardner and his staff gave a 90-minute
presentation on wage laws, how sur-
veys are conducted, the importance of
apprenticeship training and more.
The format for the next work ses-
sion on Wednesday, Oct. 18, will in-
clude two panels, one with invited
union officials, and another panel with
invited representatives of nonunion
construction contractors. One to two
hours will be open to public testimony.
The work session will be held from
4 to 9 p.m. in the PDC conference
room at 222 NW Fifth Ave., Portland.
A third work session originally
scheduled for Nov. 7 has been
rescheduled for Thursday, Nov. 9. It
also will run from 4 to 9 p.m.
Following the work sessions, the
PDC board will consider whether or
not it should set wage and benefit re-
quirements on projects that aren’t
clearly subject to prevailing wage
The quasi-independent develop-
ment arm of the Portland City Council
has been under fire from city commis-
sioners, the Oregon Bureau of Labor
and Industries and building trades
unions for allegedly circumventing
state prevailing wage laws on some of
its public-private development proj-
Carpenters start
fund for organizer
held by Immigration
The Pacific Northwest Regional
Council of Carpenters has opened a
“Luis Mendoza Solidarity Fund” fol-
lowing the union organizer’s arrest last
month by U.S. Immigration and Cus-
toms Enforcement (ICE) officers.
A representative of Interior/Exte-
rior Specialists Local 2154 of Port-
land, Mendoza has worked for the past
six years as an organizer for the union.
According to Pete Savage, regional
manager of the Carpenters Council,
Mendoza, 37, will be charged with
forgery of a federal document. He has
a court date set for December.
Officers from ICE, the FBI and
U.S. Marshals arrested Mendoza at his
Molalla home on Sept. 7. The family
posted $5,000 bond Sept. 29, but their
future is uncertain.
“He has a wife and two kids, and
now he’s not allowed to work,” Savage
To help, the union has set up a Soli-
darity Fund for the family, last week-
end a dozen union members went to
Mendoza’s home to paint it and prep it
to put on the market to sell.
Mendoza was part of a team of
Carpenter Union staffers who have
been aggressively organizing largely
Latino workers in the Pacific North-
west. “We’ve been told this (home
raids and arrests) is happening to a lot
of union organizers across the coun-
try,” Savage said.
Contributions to the “Luis Men-
doza Solidarity Fund” can be made at
any branch of US Bank. Checks can
also be mailed to US Bank at 636 SE
Grand Ave., Portland OR 97214.
Checks must be made out to the “Luis
Mendoza Solidarity Fund.”
Labor to rally for
Kulongoski on
Saturday, Oct. 14
A labor rally for Ted Kulongoski
will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct.
14, at the campaign headquarters of
the Democratic governor.
Linda Chavez Thompson, vice
president of the national AFL-CIO,
and Bill Lucy, secretary-treasurer of
the American Federation of State,
County and Municipal Employees
have been invited to attend.
Gov. Kulongoski will speak at the
Immediately following the event
union volunteers will visit union
households in the area.
The Kulongoski campaign head-
Coal miners handbill Portland
Judy O’Connor, executive secretary-treasurer of the Northwest Oregon Labor
Council, joins officials from the United Mine Workers of America and the
national AFL-CIO Sept. 19 leafleting the Oregon Convention Center during
a meeting of the Northwest Public Power Association. The target was keynote
speaker Fredrick Palmer, senior vice president of Peabody Energy, the world’s
largest private-sector coal company. The UMW is seeking card-check
recognition in an organizing campaign at 21 Peabody mines involving some
2,300 miners, mostly in the Midwest. More and more unions are employing
the “card-check” method when organizing, to avoid oftentimes adversarial
campaigns when using the National Labor Relations Board. Union officials
say election campaigns can drag on for months, giving companies the
opportunity to harass and intimidate employees into not joining a union.
Pictured from left to right are Dave Eckstein of the national AFL-CIO,
O’Connor, Bob Kendrick of the the UMW, and Bob Gaydos, deputy director
of organizing for the union. Nearly two dozen Portland-area union members
helped leaflet. Several members handed out fliers inside the conference room
before being asked to leave. The NWPPA is an organization of 148 companies
that are allied with the electric utility industry. Palmer was there pitching the
value of coal for future energy needs. “We’re here letting potential customers
know of the problems at Peabody,” Gaydos said.
quarters is located at 128 NE 7th Ave.
(off Davis), Portland.
Nominations are
sought for awards
in labor relations
UFCW leaflets new nonunion grocer
About a dozen members of United Food and Commercial Workers Local 555,
including Stuart Fishman, above, leafleted the Sept. 20 grand opening of Save-
A-Lot at 6828 SE Foster Road in Portland to let shoppers know the employer
doesn’t have a union contract. The discount grocer will open 25 to 30 stores
in the Pacific Northwest over the next year. A store at 6100 SE King Rd.
Milwaukie, also opened the same day. Save-A-Lot is one of a number of
grocery chains owned by Minnesota-headquartered SuperValu Inc., which
bought the Boise-based Albertsons chain in June of this year. Since then,
Albertsons has closed six of its least profitable stores in the Portland area.
Most of the some 300 union employees at the stores were transferred to other
locations, as called for in the Local 555 contract. Save-A-Lot stores are
typically 15,000 square feet and have 15 to 20 employees each. While Save-A-
Lot has operations in 39 states, most of its 1,154 stores are in the Midwest.
None are unionized.
The Oregon Chapter of the Labor
and Employment Relations Associa-
tion (LERA) is soliciting nominations
to honor individuals in labor relations,
including union leaders, managers, ac-
ademics and others devoted to excel-
lence in labor-management relations.
The awards will be presented at a
reception following LERA’s confer-
ence “Crisis in Health Care: What Are
We Doing About?”to be held Wednes-
day, Nov. 15, at the Oregon Conven-
tion Center in Portland.
Individuals honored will have
demonstrated commitment to the col-
lective bargaining process, integrity,
and involvement in the labor relations
community. Two awards are open for
union members, one for an officer,
business agent or attorney and one for
a steward who administers a collective
bargaining agreement.
For nomination forms, e-mail Ore- . The deadline to
submit nominations is Thursday, Oct.
26. For more information about the
awards or the health care conference,
call Burton White at 503-590-3535.
SEIU president
Stern in Portland to
promote new book
Andy Stern, president of the second
largest union in America, will be in
Portland Oct. 17, making several pub-
lic appearances and talking about his
recently published book.
In his book, “A Country That
Works: Getting America Back on
Track,” Stern, president of 1.8-mil-
lion-member Service Employees In-
ternational Union (SEIU), gives his
account of the debate that led SEIU to
leave the AFL-CIO last year. It also
describes his strategies for American
unions to respond to globalization and
a changing business environment.
Stern will appear Oct. 17 at Pow-
ell’s City of Books on W. Burnside at
noon, and at the Lucky Labrador pub
at 1945 NW Quimby at 7 p.m. He will
also meet with members of SEIU Lo-
cals 503 and 49 in the afternoon.
And the day prior (Oct. 16) he’ll be
a guest at 8 a.m. on the Thom Hart-
mann show, 690-AM, and at 6 p.m. on
Labor Radio, KBOO 90.7 FM.
OCTOBER 6, 2006