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Good afternoon, Portland! Hope you're enjoying the start of the week and thanks very much for joining us for some NEWS.
IN LOCAL NEWS:
• A group of some 600 workers with Laborers' Local 483 has tentatively agreed to a contract with the City of Portland, concluding the first city strike in more than two decades. The workers are in line to receive pay raises and cost-of-living adjustments if they and Portland City Council vote to approve the deal. “After the strike [started], they were more willing to talk about things,” Local 483 bargaining unit member Ben Nelson said. Isabella Garcia has the story.
Over 600 City of Portland maintenance and operations workers ended their strike Sunday after reaching a tentative contract agreement with the city, securing higher cost of living increases. https://t.co/PKCTWYm5vq— Portland Mercury 🗞 (@portlandmercury) February 6, 2023
• The Multnomah County Central Library will close once again March 11 for the second phase of its "refresh." While the library is closed, the county plans to open a "technology pop-up" at 501 SW Washington. Our Suzette Smith has more.
• Linfield University has reached a $1 million settlement with a former professor who was fired after he publicly brought forward allegations of sexual misconduct and antisemitism against university officials in 2021. Daniel Pollack-Pelzner, now quite a bit wealthier, is currently working as a visiting professor at Portland State and is a scholar-in-resident at the Portland Shakespeare Project.Continue reading »