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Updated On: Jul 02, 2008 (10:10:00)
Carpenter's Strike

Posted On: Jun 25, 2007 (11:17:36)
Many of you have called me wondering if this Council has taken a stance on the current Carpenters strike. The Carpenters have never asked that this Council to sanction their strike. Therefore, it is not a Building Trades sanctioned strike. Even though the Carpenters do not belong to the Building Trades, I’m sure we would have sanctioned their strike if it were about wages and benefits only. Unfortunately, that is not the case. The Carpenters original proposal to their Contractors included a proposed clause that several of the affiliated Building Trades unions felt threatened their work, their signatory contractors, in fact their very existence. The Plasterers, Tapers, Laborers, and Ironworkers are especially threatened. Can you imagine the chaos if everyone starts to claim each others work? It seems disastrous to me to try and steal work from each other rather than work together to organize the unorganized. There are rumors that the Carpenters say this language has been pulled from their proposal. Unfortunately, the trust has been broken, and most now feel promises are not sufficient. I believe if the Carpenters would put in writing that this language is no longer part of their proposal, and agree not to seek it in any Agreement in Oregon and SW Washington for at least 10 years, then the Building Trades would consider sanctioning their strike and helping them in every possible legal way. We have asked the Carpenters not to take us down this path. It is painful for all of us in the Building Trades to see this division develop. Unfortunately these wounds will not heal, and possibly could grow worse, unless all of us in the Building Trades respect each other, our signatory contractors, and our historic work jurisdictions, and not take or seek positions that affiliated craft unions view as predatory and destructive. Sincerely, John Mohlis, Executive Secretary-Treasurer Columbia Pacific BCTC 3535 SE 86th Avenue Portland, OR. 97266 Phone- 503.774.0546 Fax- 503.774.2816 Cell- 503.784.1566
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Posted On: Oct 17, 2008 (15:01:20)
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Portland City Commissioner- Charles Lewis

Multnomah County Commissioner- #3Judy Shiprack 
                                                                #4Carla Piluso

Columbia County Commissioner- Tony Hyde

Fairview City Council- Theresa Davis

Wood Village City Council- Gary Moore

Clatsop County Commissioner- Pat Roberts

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Clark County Commissioner #1- Pam Brokaw

Clark County Commissioner #2- Jeanne Harris

Skamania County Commissioner- Bruce Scherling

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