Union says Portland giving their jobs to inmates

Union says Portland giving their jobs to inmates

Union leaders say the city of Portland's contracts with county jail and state prisons are essentially stealing union work.

“How can you have people who would be happy to do that work for a living wage sit there and watch people work for free?” asks Richard “Buz” Beetle, business manager for the union Laborers’ Local 483, which represents about 650 city of Portland employees, including street-cleaning teams, parks groundskeepers and technicians.

“There’s not a job these prisoners do that people wouldn’t line up to do for a living wage.”

Read more at Willamette Week.