HOUSE COMMITTEE ON

BUSINESS, LABOR AND CONSUMER AFFAIRS

 

 

March 26, 2003   Hearing Room E

8:30 A.M. Tapes  70 - 72

 

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:                  Patrick Brennan, Committee Administrator

Mike Reiley, Committee Assistant

 

MEASURES HEARD:                     HB 2351 – Public Hearing

HB 2969 – Public Hearing

SB 2 – Public Hearing

 

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 70, A

003

Chair Close

Calls meeting to order at 8:35 a.m. Opens public hearing on HB 2351.

HB 2351 – PUBLIC HEARING

009

Patrick Brennan

Committee Administrator. Summarizes HB 2351.

023

Piper Sweeney

Grower, Dayton. Denotes importance of HB 2351. Cites example of vandalism to her farm.

060

Mark Simmons

Oregon Association of Nurserymen. Explains importance of HB 2351. Provides history of union and labor legislation.

158

Tim Bernasek

Hobson and Bernasek, Oregon Farm Bureau Federation. Submits and summarizes prepared testimony in support of HB 2351 (EXHIBIT A).

321

Chair Close

Explains intentions for HB 2351. Notes that there will be workgroup.

332

Rep. Schaufler

Inquires about prosecution of those who vandalized Ms. Sweeney’s farm.

343

Sweeney

Informs of the vandalism to her farm.

380

Rep. Rosenbaum

Poses question regarding collective bargaining provisions.

403

Bernasek

Elucidates collective bargaining provisions in other states.

TAPE 71, A

021

Chair Close

Explains the workgroup.

036

Brad Witt

American Federation of Labor – Congress of Industrial Organization (AFL-CIO). Testifies in opposition to HB 2351. Accounts for concerns with HB 2351.

127

Javier Ceja

Farm  worker. Testifies in opposition to HB 2351. States that HB 2351 benefits employers rather than workers.

215

Rosa Chapin

Farmworker. Testifies in opposition to HB 2351. Contextualizes HB 2351 in relation to strikes.

310

Rep. Kitts

Asks if relationship between NORPAC Foods and the Oregon Farmworker Union, Pińeros y Campesinos Unidos del Noroeste (PCUN) would continue to be allowed under HB 2351.

330

Witt

States that he would have to investigate further.

352

Chair Close

Provides her understanding of the provisions for crossing picket lines.

360

Witt

Responds regarding the practice of picketing and its interpretation by the bill.

372

Chair Close

Asks if harassment of those who cross picket lines should be acceptable.

377

Witt

Responds that AFL-CIO does not condone harassment.

385

Rep. Rosenbaum

Inquires about the effects of collective bargaining.

392

Witt

Explains collective bargaining.

TAPE 70, B

001

Edrian Delgado

Union farmworker. Note: the testimony that follows is in Spanish and interpreted in English by a translator, Trini Marquez. Testifies in opposition to the union in Oregon. Provides personal experience as a union worker. Speaks on the relationship of workers to unions.

166

Trini Marquez

Farm worker. Thinks the child labor law has affected her family. States she does not feel one union is necessary for representation.

186

Chair Close

Closes public hearing on HB 2351. Opens public hearing on HB 2969.

HB 2969 – PUBLIC HEARING

192

Patrick Brennan

Committee Administrator. Summarizes HB 2969.

211

Eric Blackledge

Vice Chair, Governor’s Small Business Council (SBC). Submits and summarizes prepared testimony in support of HB 2969 (EXHIBIT B).

304

Rep. Gallegos

Requests what would happen to the Office of Small Business if OECDD should be eliminated.

218

Blackledge

Responds that it would go to another state agency.

335

Rep. Rosenbaum

Asks if council would not require more funding.

342

Blackledge

Explains funding available for SBC.

363

Rep. Garrard

Requests a definition of small business.

373

Blackledge

Answers that Oregon defines a small business as employing under 200 persons.

394

Ron Fox

Oregon Economic and Community Development Department (OECDD). Testifies in support of HB 2969. Speaks on a proposal from  SBC. Feels the bill has a small fiscal impact in its current form.

TAPE 71, B

017

Chair Close

Asks whether the fiscal impact of HB 2696 would be below $50,000.

020

Fox

Explains the fiscal impact of the measure. Notes the figure is above $50,000.

028

Chair Close

Requests a clarification of costs regarding section one of the bill.

030

Fox

Explains costs incurred by the bill.

041

Chair Close

Asks if additional full time equivalent (FTE) employees will be necessary.

043

Fox

Responds with staffing needs, supplies, and services.

056

Rep. Rosenbaum

Comments there is no emergency clause.

062

Fox

Responds he stands corrected.

068

Chair Close

Closes public hearing and opens work session on HB 2969.

HB 2969 – WORK SESSION

075

Rep. Kitts

MOTION:  Moves HB 2969  to the floor with a BE ADOPTED recommendation and BE REFERRED to the committee on  by prior reference.

085

 

VOTE:  7-0

AYE:            In a roll call vote, all members present vote Aye.

 

Chair Close

The motion CARRIES.

090

Chair Close

Closes work session on HB 2969. Opens public hearing on SB 2.

SB 2 – PUBLIC HEARING

095

Patrick Brennan

Reads Staff Measure Summary (SMS) on SB 2. Notes the fiscal impact statement.

100

Senate President Peter Courtney

Senate District 11. Submits and summarizes prepared testimony in support of SB 2 (EXHIBIT C).

151

Sen. Lenn Hannon

Senate President Pro Tempore, Senate District 3. Testifies in support of SB 2.

188

Chair Close

Notes that she supported HB 4021 in special session and has received unemployment benefits.

191

Rep. Kitts

Commends work done by President Courtney and Sen. Hannon. Thanks the chair for her efforts. Voices support of SB 2.

225

Sen. Hannon

Speaks on behalf of the Senate. Appreciates the comments of Rep. Kitts.

246

President Courtney

Remarks.

275

Larry Harmon

Unemployed carpenter. Provides employment history. Supports SB 2. Provides personal account of unemployment.

301

Michael Thomas

Former AgriFrozen employee. Introduces wife, Patricia, also a former AgriFrozen employee. Provides personal account of their family.

317

Sandra Michaels

Former Intel employee. Explains her professional work history and her newly encountered unemployment.

381

Victoria Lowe

Former Intel employee. Explains compensation for unemployment.

420

John Stevens

Software engineer, Former Intel employee. Accounts for employment history.

TAPE 72, A

005

Mike Eidem

Carpenter’s Local 130. Urges passage of SB 2.

026

Leo Vallejo

Former PicSweet employee. Note: the testimony that follows is in Spanish and interpreted in English by a translator. Testifies in favor of SB 2. Provides account of a mushroom plant. Accounts for the educational pursuits of his former coworkers.

061

Roger Kaye

Unemployed Oregonian. Testifies in favor of SB 2 (EXHIBIT D).

080

Eduardo Angulo

Chairman, Salem-Keizer Coalition for Equality. Testifies in support of SB 2. Believes it is important to support and acknowledge the working poor.  

095

Tim Nesbitt

Oregon AFL-CIO. Submits and summarizes prepared testimony in support of SB 2 (EXHIBIT E).

102

Robert Castagna

Oregon Catholic Conference. Testifies in support of SB 2.

128

Phillip Kennedy-Wong

Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon. Testifies in support of SB 2.

155

Rep. Jeff Barker

House District 28. Testifies in favor of SB 2 (EXHIBIT F).

178

Chair Close

Closes public hearing and opens work session on SB 2.

SB 2 – WORK SESSION

182

Rep. Rosenbaum

Expresses thanks to Chair Close for hearing SB 2. Speaks in support of SB 2.

208

Rep. Merkley

Expresses thanks to Chair Close for hearing SB 2. Speaks in support of SB 2.

217

Rep. Kitts

Speaks on the ‘jobs bill’ and its relevance.

225

Rep. Garrard

MOTION:  Moves SB 2 to the floor with a DO PASS recommendation and the SUBSEQUENT REFERRAL to the committee on Ways and Means BE RESCINDED.

230

 

VOTE:  7-0

AYE:            In a roll call vote, all members present vote Aye.

 

Chair Close

The motion CARRIES.

REP. ROSENBAUM AND CHAIR CLOSE will lead discussion on the floor.

235

Chair Close

Closes work session on SB 2. Adjourns meeting at 10:45 a.m.

 

EXHIBIT SUMMARY

 

A – HB 2351, written testimony, Tim Bernasek, 6 pp

B – HB 2969, written testimony, Eric Blackledge, 2 pp

C – SB 2, written testimony, Sen. Peter Courtney, 2 pp

D – SB 2, written testimony, Roger Kaye, 1 p

E – SB 2, written testimony, Tim Nesbitt, 2 pp

F – SB 2, written testimony, Rep. Jeff Barker, 1 p