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Drywallers Strike Jobsites All Over Portland--Join the picket line !

Drywallers Strike Jobsites All Over Portland--Join the picket line
at Macy's, (you tube video at:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XZOKAaQ4l6o), Clackamas Town Center, or wherever you see them! more info in
Oregonian article below or here:  http://www.carpenterspnwrc.org
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Union drywallers walk off job sites in Oregon and Washington
Posted by The Oregonian June 01, 2007 08:16AM

Union drywallers went on strike at construction sites across Portland
and
Vancouver this morning after failing to reach agreement with
contractors
on future wage increases.

Pickets went up as early as 3 a.m. at Portland's South Waterfront,
Macy's downtown Portland store and Clackamas Town Center, said Eric Franklin,
spokesman with the Pacific Northwest Regional Council of Carpenters.
Members also walked off jobs in Vancouver, Salem and Eugene, said Jerry
Auvil, a staff member for the union in Portland.

Auvil said union members walked off more than two dozen major
construction sites and "various small ones."

The carpenters union represents about 6,000 workers in Oregon and
Southwest Washington, including 1,300 "interior-systems carpenters"
whose labor contract expired at midnight. The union rejected a final contract
offer this week from the Associated Wall & Ceiling Contractors of
Oregon and Southwest Washington Inc..

The union wants a raise of 6 percent a year over the two-year term of
the proposed contract. The association offered between 3 and 4 percent
raises, Franklin said. Currently, union drywallers make $29.33 an hour, or
$40.82 including benefits, he said.

The association did not return calls seeking comment last night.

"This is something that I think Portland will not just notice as a
hiccup," Auvil had said on Thursday. "We didn't want to go out. But
there's such a difference between what's fair and what the offer is."