Strike? “Probably”

Posted by Steve Leader on January 13, 2015
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It’s been eight months since the contract between the Longshore union and west coast shippers expired.  Progress toward a new deal is not happening.

According to FM News 101 political analyst Jim Moore, “What will probably happen is there will be a strike.”

If that happens, Moore says President Obama might invoke a rarely-used labor law to stop the …

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Turning Point in Oregon’s Job Market

Posted by Associated Press on December 16, 2014

SALEM, Ore. — The state Employment Department says a large increase in jobs in November has pushed Oregon employment totals above the peak reached before the Great Recession.

The agency said Tuesday that seasonally adjusted payroll figures for the month were 3,000 greater than in December 2007.

Total employment is estimated at more than 1.7 million.

The estimate for November’s gains was 11,200 …

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Busiest Mailing Day of The Year

Posted by Rosemary Reynolds on December 15, 2014
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PORTLAND, Ore. — Monday is the busiest mailing day of the year.  More than 640 million cards, letters, and packages will be processed nationwide.

With only ten days left until Christmas, customers are dealing with long lines and they’re getting a little grumpy because of it.

With more people shopping online, postal deliveries have increased 14% this year.  30 million extra pieces …

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City of Portland Sues Uber

Posted by Associated Press on December 9, 2014

PORTLAND, Ore. — The city of Portland has asked a judge to shut down the online taxi business Uber, which began operations in the city on Friday.

The San Francisco company has run up against taxi regulations in many other cities, where sometimes its operations have been accommodated.

Uber says it isn’t bound by rules governing traditional taxi companies. Uber’s drivers are …

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List of Toxic Toys is Out

Posted by Rosemary Reynolds on December 3, 2014
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PORTLAND, Ore. — OSPIRG is out with it’s 29th annual Survey of Toy Safety.  Lead, excessive noise choking hazards and toys with Magnets are all major concerns for small children.

This year, there are problems with Hello Kitty bracelets and hair clips that have 5,100 ppm of the phthalate PEHP, above the legal limit of 1,000 ppm.  Disney’s tambourine has a high …

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