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Re: “High Rises, Low Standards

It shouldn't be a burden to provide proof you are supplying your workers with water and adequate shade. It shouldn't be a burden to provide proof you are supplying your workers with safety equipment.

17 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by be good to one another on 07/22/2015 at 4:29 PM

Re: “High Rises, Low Standards


I expect this kind of response. When you say things like "the workers striking against you wouldn't be say all this if it wasn't actually happening" Huh?

You place the burden of proof on me, which is convenient but not fair. If you have evidence as you say, show me.

And by the way, I'm not anti union, just anti union harassment.

Please get that "evidence" to me as soon as you can.


If you know of some BOLI fines related to the strikers claims, please let me know. I have nothing like that on file, and they are my files. Maybe you could get that information from BOLI for me?. I'm glad that you find Local 29's obvious role in this dispute so funny. I'm sure that you're correct- all of Camarillo's participation, meetings, press conferences are purely coincidental. Oh, here are the notes from a meeting with PDC !!

"Summary of Local 29/Mr. Camarillo's position:
Local 29 is starting a campaign against practices at Instafab with which they have issues: no water, lax safety training, no apprenticeship, no gender or racial diversity in the workforce, failure to pay prevailing wage, and other issues, including that it took one African-American employee two years to move from $14 an hour to $18.50; and there is no record of ever hiring a woman to perform iron work in the field. In addition, when 7 members of Local 29 spoke out about these issues, owner Bruce Perkins refused to meet with them and terminated their employment."

"The campaign by Local 29 includes upcoming meetings with Mayor Hales and other elected officials, picketing and other actions on the Block 67 job site, public testimony before the PDC Board, and media and other communications."

jamera, believe what you want, say what you want. But you have to admit, that's a lot of involvement from someone who's not involved.

7 likes, 16 dislikes
Posted by Bruce at Instafab on 07/22/2015 at 3:33 PM

Re: “High Rises, Low Standards

Whoever "Bruce" is clearly didn't read the article because there is mention of BOLI fines in the article.

I have to say the idea that Instafab workers are striking as some sort of conspiracy on the part of the local union to run the company out of business is laughable. That guy belongs on r/conspiratards. I was sympathetic to the employer's side until he said that was his explanation, now I don't believe a word of it at all. At least admit you need to meet with your workers and improve something, don't blame some supposed clandestine conspiracy for which you have zero evidence.... or do, it was GREAT for a laugh!

13 likes, 4 dislikes
Posted by jamera on 07/22/2015 at 2:43 PM

Re: “High Rises, Low Standards

Who is shocked by more anti-union rhetoric? Anyone?

Bruce, put your money where your mouth (or in this case your fingers) is, because the workers striking against you wouldn't be saying all this if it wasn't actually happening. Simply denying their claims doesn't refute evidence and you're not providing evidence to the contrary, which is especially damning because it seems you're hellbent on gaslighting the organizations and leaders working with them.

But anyway, being anti-union is American as apple pie. Nothing new here.

23 likes, 9 dislikes
Posted by TheOnlySanePersonInTheWorld on 07/22/2015 at 2:26 PM

Re: “High Rises, Low Standards

Hi Garrett-

Thanks for the article. It was a little light on facts, but that was to be expected. It would take quite some time to go through your article line by line and help you get your facts straight, and I'm not sure that it would make a difference.

I do know this. If Instafab was guilty of doing all of the things that Camarillo and Pei Wu are accusing us of, where is OSHA, Labor and Industries, and all of the other watchdog groups who exist solely to make sure things like you accuse Instafab of doing don't happen? Where are the investigations, the fines, and all of the other punishments? They don't exist. The NLRB complaints are a different matter. They don't involve safety or working conditions, they involve union rules. Several of those have already been dismissed, and we expect more to be dismissed in the future. You don't have to have any evidence to file one, just write your complaint down and sign it.

It would be refreshing if Camarillo would be up front about his intentions. He put the strikers on the union payroll right after they walked out. He's tried to downplay his involvement, but it is obvious and documentable. He seems to have no problem trying to use the strikers to reach his goal.

I feel somewhat sad for Diana Pei Wu. She reminds me of a hunter that doesn't eat what she kills. It's all about the sport. The details don't seem to matter- it's about the show. She took everything she was told by the strikers at face value. Learning the truth would obviously diminish her claims. I guess people like to hear only what supports their beliefs. She does not know what the facts even are, and I'm sure she doesn't care.

Our workers deserve a respectful, safe, worthwhile place to work. We do not abuse our workers- we never have. I think that the timing of this strike coinciding with the number of projects that Local 29 is currently not working on is not just a coincidence. It's on record that he said that Instafab is Camarillo's largest competitor- his claim, not mine.

We are required by law to offer our workers certain protections. We have an obligation as humans to provide the the rest.

Being signatory to a labor union is not an obligation- it is a choice that the workers themselves have to make. I suggest that Mr. Camarillo should come clean, back off, and let the process work. Quit trying to bend and twist everything. Quit taking advantage of the strikers for your gain. If you're union so good for every company, why are ALL companies union? Or do you just want the ones that cut into your bottom line?


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Posted by Bruce at Instafab on 07/22/2015 at 1:33 PM

Re: “Surplus Stores

Where's my forty acres and a mule, damnit!

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Posted by Big Ten Inch on 07/18/2015 at 6:07 PM

Re: “Surplus Stores

States and Federal Governments hoards millions of acres of vacant land, while homeless are herded onto sidewalks. Even the liberated negro slaves each got forty acres and a mule. All I need is half an acre with a tall, border hedge of Holly and a greenhouse in the middle. Fork it the fuck over. Now. I mean it. Grant's Pass would be fine.

0 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by Big Ten Inch on 07/18/2015 at 4:14 PM

Re: “Time to Ship Out?

Bob Salinger is a badass. Good work!!!

1 like, 1 dislike
Posted by Higgy on 07/18/2015 at 8:36 AM

Re: “Surplus Stores

Fascists make too much money off the homeless to want to either help them or eliminate them all together. There is no public political will to prod government into doing anything beneficial, because most everybody hates the homeless, anyway. The churches could open their doors and let the poor sleep in the vacant pews at night, but the congregation are the same people who vote and have kicked the mentally disabled or otherwise disagreeable relatives out in the street in the first place. The only hope for the poor, is to get their hands on some good Cannabis seeds, go up to Forest Park, deep in the woods, and plant a guerilla patch.

1 like, 2 dislikes
Posted by Big Ten Inch on 07/17/2015 at 7:30 PM

Re: “The Same Old Plan

Money given to JOIN or TPI or Central City Concern will only go so far, what with the administration of it, but get entangled in stipulations ... getting on years-long housing list waits that often result in wild-wild-west bedlamite roach hotel dereliction less safe, sanitary and dignified than most doorways, engaging in case management and recovery programs, and all around being a good seal barking haplessly on a broken turnstile of the underbelly of the American Dream.

I don't see where any money would do any good if even college grads who never were beset by voices or beleaguered by debilitating addictions despair at being able to find more than a few crumbs lefts of that apple pie consumer capitalism has mythologized the metaphor for our material aspirations. Just let the bums suck on their bottles and smoke their pipes, and those more affluent watch re-runs of Max Headroom whenever we go over our investment portfolios.

And let the good times roll.

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Posted by Gustation on 07/17/2015 at 6:50 PM

Re: “Hall Monitor

It ultimately amounts to where to corral the ne'er do wells, right? “Anywhere but here” only has so much square mileage and money to burn.

Pshaw! Half measures avail us naught! T'would be much better to bring back debtors prisons and work farms; maybe even reward upstanding armchair riches-of-the-city liberals with $50 on Apple Pay (or Google Wallet) for tips that lead to the conviction of some tatterdemalion's possession of stolen property (pushing shopping carts or digging through recyclables), and send those Steinbeck rejects out to the fields where they belong!

6 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by Gustation on 07/17/2015 at 6:15 PM

Re: “Hall Monitor

Those dunces should have never taken the money. The City was literally paid off by the pearl to kick this can down the road and into someone else's neighborhood. This sets the precedent that if you have deep enough pockets and mix in enough feigned concern, you can make this problem go away. At least for your neighborhood. As an inner SE'er myself, I have actually considered trying to crowd source $900,000 as that appears to be the going rate. If enough neighborhoods do it, R2D2 might end up back in the pearl. In the penthouse.

7 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by askmefirst on 07/17/2015 at 5:21 PM

Re: “Hall Monitor

Three dislikes and no likes in less than one hour? Okay, then reopen Damasch State Hospital, only provide decent care and don't incarcerate the guests. Send the bill to the neighborhood associations of Portland. For the life of me I don't know why all the homeless need to be corralled together into one big negative vortex.

4 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Big Ten Inch on 07/17/2015 at 2:31 PM

Re: “Hall Monitor

The idea of creating ghettos is stupid to begin with. Just let people camp in the parks at night and clear out during the day so that others have a turn at using the park. Put a time limit on how long a tent can be up in the park. For instance, say any tent erected after 10pm must be removed by 5am. Any tent set up after 1pm must be removed by 8pm, even if it wasn't there until 7:30pm.

To make this option viable, storage must be made available free of charge, so that the impoverished campers have a place to stow their gear during the day. The cost would be relatively nominal and the poor won't appear to be homeless is they don't have to drag around all that luggage everywhere they go. Furthermore, be sure to unlock the public restrooms in the park, twenty four hours per day.


6 likes, 9 dislikes
Posted by Big Ten Inch on 07/17/2015 at 11:56 AM

Re: “Surplus Stores

I think one of the problems is believing that the city council actually gives a shit about the housing crisis, when really them courting out of state developers and other companies that exacerbate gentrification like Uber and AirBNB makes the city a lot of money. And then they get to sell us as "liveable" to the hordes of techies and suburbanites that want to move here.

5 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by TheOnlySanePersonInTheWorld on 07/17/2015 at 12:54 AM

Re: “Hall Monitor

Where the fuck are they supposed to go? All the NIMBY douchebags come out of the woodworks yet again. You should all be ashamed of yourselves, show some fucking empathy.

7 likes, 14 dislikes
Posted by TheOnlySanePersonInTheWorld on 07/17/2015 at 12:52 AM

Re: “Hall Monitor

let me guess dirk, you don't live near the proposed new site... The Central Eastside is already a shitshow due to homeless, look for example at the new business that nearly had its opening delayed until late August due to the high level of arrests in the area, even though those arrests have nothing to do with businesses and everything to do with the homeless and soup kitchens etc. Concentrating a whole bunch of people who are either mentally ill, or drug addicts, or both in one spot is not awesome, and also is obviously not something most people want next door to them.

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Posted by econoline on 07/16/2015 at 10:38 PM

Re: “The Same Old Plan

How much does the average citizen give to the social service agencies and how much do they give directly to beggars? Cut out the middle man and give the annual total directly to one poor person, all at once. Instead of say, twenty bucks to the Salvation Army, and fifty cents per week to random homeless individuals, spend forty or fifty bucks, one time per year only, on a decent pair of shoes to someone obviously in need? After that, just say to the human commercial interrupters: "I already gave."

Posted by Big Ten Inch on 07/15/2015 at 12:15 PM

Re: “The Same Old Plan

this breaks my heart because i am homeless to i just collect cans and bottles to make money but i do not drink booze or do any drugs, instead i go get hot good food, anywhys, when he sayed that it really hit me hard that he meant all of the homeless do drugs and drink beer, this is not true at all, plus teckonly we all not homeless we living in god land and we smarter than you think but it hard seeing everyone sin, we still have faith.

Posted by blessbethelandofthelord on 07/13/2015 at 6:48 PM

Re: “The Same Old Plan

noble effort that...give no $. take a few minutes, buy a pack o socks ( they're cheap at Ross SW or any Fred's ). give a pair to a panhandler instead of $. after awhile others might start doing it too.
panhandling/homelessness is NOT the citizen's problem. it's a character flaw of society.
there's always Tigard.

1 like, 1 dislike
Posted by rattlesnake on 07/13/2015 at 10:13 AM

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