The Bureau of Labor and Industry has launched an investigation on behalf of five Daimler Trucks North America employees for allegations of racial harassment by coworkers and failure to take corrective action by the company’s management.
The Oregon Labor Commissioner, Brad Avakian, has filed a commissioner’s complaint against the company, saying “No employee in Oregon should have to face racial discrimination and intimidation”.
The alleged civil rights violations include employees using racial epithets against African American coworkers, physical intimidation, and in one instance, an African American employee being confronted by another worker holding a noose in the company parking lot. 5:38 minutes (5.15 MB)
On September 23, 2014, the Washington County Board heard a proposal in a closed work session, from Director of Health and Human Services Marni Kuyl, to close the two publicly-funded health clinics, on in Hillsboro and another in Beaverton.
The proposal cites increased insurance coverage as a result of the Affordable Care Act and Oregon’s Medicaid expansion as driving factors of reduced patient numbers.
However, the closure of these clinics will effectively end publicly-funded health care in the county. 9:09 minutes (8.38 MB)
Mike McLane is a Republican State Representative in Oregon's 55th House District. He talked with Don Merrill about his support for renewable energy, his work to set up a water storage project to serve irrigation needs and why, in his view, Cover Oregon supporters who are now Cover Oregon detractors as November approaches fool no one. 29:50 minutes (27.31 MB)
Margo Howard is author of the book, Eat, Drink and Remarry: Confessions of a Serial Wife. She is the daughter of Ann Landers, the niece of Dear Abby, and the author of several other books including Eppie: The Story of Ann Landers and A Life in Letters: Ann Landers letters to her Only Child. She talks with Don Merrill about how being a romantic makes her like being married, why she never thought about whether or not the families of the men she was marrying wanted to "protect" them from her and how her relationship with her first cousin parallels the relationship of her mother and her aunt a generation earlier. 14:56 minutes (13.67 MB)
David Bronner is the president of Dr. Bronner's Magic Soaps, the company known for its natural ingredient based soaps as well as the quirky labels on its packaging. Mr. Bronner talked with Don Merrill about the care with which his family carries on the tradition of their grandfather Emanuel, the need for GMO labeling to help wrest control of food from food companies and why we are throwing away a multibillion dollar market to the Chinese and the Europeans. 29:52 minutes (27.35 MB)