HOUSE COMMITTEE ON

BUSINESS, LABOR AND CONSUMER AFFAIRS

 

 

January 22, 2003   Hearing Room E

8:30 A.M.      Tapes 5 - 6

 

MEMBERS PRESENT:            Rep. Betsy Close, Chair

Rep. Derrick Kitts, Vice-Chair

Rep. Diane Rosenbaum, Vice-Chair

Rep. Mary Gallegos

Rep. Bill Garrard

Rep. Jeff Merkley

Rep. Mike Schaufler

 

STAFF PRESENT:                  Megan Palau, Committee Administrator

Mike Reiley, Committee Assistant

 

MEASURE/ISSUES HEARD:            Informational Meeting – Labor Overview

                                                     Invited Testimony

                                                     Dan Gardner, Commissioner, Bureau of Labor and Industries

                                                     Oregon State Building and Construction Trades Council

                                                     National Electrical Contractors Association

     Plumbing and Mechanical Contractors Association

     Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors Nat. Assoc.

                                                     Oregon AFL-CIO

 

 

These minutes are in compliance with Senate and House Rules.  Only text enclosed in quotation marks reports a speaker’s exact words.  For complete contents, please refer to the tapes.

 

TAPE/#

Speaker

Comments

TAPE 5, A

004

Chair Close

Calls meeting to order at 8:34 p.m. Opens informational meeting.

INFORMATIONAL MEETING

015

Dan Gardner

Commissioner, Bureau of Labor and Industries (BOLI). Submits and summarizes prepared testimony offering overview of goals for BOLI (EXHIBIT A).

135

Chair Close

Asks about new fields of apprenticeships.

140

Gardner

Explains plans for apprenticeships.

148

Rep. Garrard

Expresses support for Mr. Gardner and BOLI apprenticeship programs.

161

Rep. Merkley

Asks if BOLI intends to re-establish offices in other areas of Oregon.

169

Gardner

Explains BOLI presence in Oregon.

188

Rep. Kitts

Asks if apprenticeship programs would be state sponsored or independent.

195

Gardner

Explains apprenticeship programs and legislative history of programs.

213

Chair Close

Asks for clarification of certified payrolls issues.

217

Gardner

Clarifies issues regarding certified payrolls.

229

Chair Close

Asks if there have been problems with certified payroll time frames.

234

Gardner

Responds that there have been some issues with payroll timeliness.

246

Rep. Rosenbaum

Asks about implementation of Oregon Family Leave Law.

260

Gardner

Responds that there have been complaints, largely confusion with federal and state laws.

287

Rep. Rosenbaum

Asks about expanding technical assistance unit.

295

Gardner

Responds that there have been plans to expand.

344

Bob Shiprack

Executive Secretary, Oregon State Building and Construction Trades Council. Discusses economic situation regarding the construction industry.

482

Chair Close

Asks about power plants proposed in Clatskanie.

485

Shiprack

Explains proposals for plants to be built.

TAPE 6, A

036

Rep. Kitts

Expresses support for Mr. Shiprack and his organization. Asks how to streamline permit process.

046

Shiprack

Explains process for permit process and how it could be streamlined.

063

Rep. Kitts

Asks about ethanol plant in Clatskanie and using Oregon grain.

068

Shiprack

Describes possibilities of using Oregon grain.

082

Rep. Garrard

States that there is new power plant being built in Klamath County.

084

Shiprack

States that he is aware of the project.

086

Rep. Rosenbaum

Asks about trends in building industry employment.

090

Shiprack

Explains that trend is downward. Discusses impact of accounting scandals on building industry.

103

Rep. Rosenbaum

Asks if people are leaving Oregon to find work.

106

Shiprack

Explains how employment trends have changed nationwide.

114

Rep. Schaufler

Expresses support for Mr. Shiprack and his organization.

127

Tim Gothier

Executive Manager, Oregon Columbia Chapter, National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA). Gives background and explains goals of NECA.

201

Chair Close

Asks if NECA is working on consensus voting.

202

Gothier

Responds that they are not currently working on it, but may potentially. Continues overview of NECA.

223

Chair Close

Asks about Washington contractor permitting process.

227

Gothier

Explains process for contractor permitting.

250

Rep. Rosenbaum

Asks if NECA would support moving NECA into BOLI.

256

Gothier

Responds that NECA would support it.

260

Rep. Gallegos

Asks about reinvestment in pension plans.

265

Gothier

Explains pension plans.

281

Ron Murray

United Association of Plumbers and Steamfitters Local 290. Gives background of Local 290. Explains apprenticeship program, high tech industries, uniform plumbing codes.

425

Chair Close

Asks about benefits of research and development.

441

Murray

Explains research and development program.

TAPE 5, B

012

Rep. Gallegos

Asks if there are plans to expand apprenticeship program.

024

Murray

Responds that there is a great deal of investment in apprenticeship programs.

054

Rep. Rosenbaum

Asks about basic skills in schools.

059

Murray

Explains standards for basic skills for apprenticeship programs.

081

Rep. Rosenbaum

Asks is there is high school diploma or GED requirement for apprenticeship programs.

083

Murray

Explains laws and standards regarding apprenticeship programs.

09

Tim Nesbitt

American Federation of Labor-Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO). Submits and summarizes prepared testimony (EXHIBIT B).

304

Chair Close

Asks how to address environmental considerations regarding business development.

313

Nesbitt

Explains intent to find balance between environmental considerations and economic impacts.

326

Chair Close

Suggests environment would be changed.

327

Nesbitt

Responds that he could not address issue without more specifics. Continues prepared testimony.

408

Rep. Merkley

Asks for clarification of figures regarding payroll tax.

410

Nesbitt

Clarifies and continues prepared testimony.

TAPE  6, B

012

Rep. Kitts

Asks for clarification about figures regarding unemployment.

014

Nesbitt

Clarifies and concludes prepared testimony.

110

Steve Rose

Business Manager, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local 280. Gives history and overview of Local 280. Discusses unemployment levels, living wage jobs, enterprise zones.

225

Rep. Merkley

Asks about impact of shortened school year on companies’ decisions to locate in Oregon.

235

Rose

Explains impact of shortened school year.

266

Rep. Schaufler

Explains investments and returns regarding businesses in Oregon.

283

Rep. Garrard

States significance of competitive process in recruiting business to Oregon.

303

Rep. Rosenbaum

Asks about unemployment benefits extension.

312

Nesbitt

Explains how to restore unemployment benefits.

337

Rep. Rosenbaum

Expresses hope that committee would be able to provide assistance.

342

Rep. Kitts

Asks for formula used to determine family wage jobs.

351

Nesbitt

Explains formula.

369

Rep. Merkley

Asks how publicity about Oregon’s education difficulties is affecting economy.

375

Nesbitt

Responds that it is tarnishing Oregon’s business image.

393

Chair Close

Comments that education demands accountability.

400

Rep. Merkley

Notes that companies have been reluctant to do business in Oregon due to short school year.

411

Chair Close

Adjourns meeting at 10:28 am.

Written information submitted, Background Information on Oregon’s New Minimum Wage Law, Art Ayre (EXHIBIT C).

 

 

EXHIBIT SUMMARY

 

A – Informational, prepared testimony, Dan Gardner, 14 pp

B – Informational, prepared testimony, Tim Nesbitt, 216 pp

C – Informational, prepared testimony, Art Ayre, 2 pp