Horizon Air technicians ratify six-year contract

Horizon Air's aircraft technicians and fleet service agents have ratified a new six-year contract, the airline and the International Brotherhood of Teamsters said Friday.

About 94 percent of members voted on the contract, and 53 percent of those were in favor of the agreement.

Horizon Air, which handles more than half of all commercial air travel at the Medford airport, is a subsidiary of Alaska Air Group.

The contract, ratified well ahead of the Dec. 16 amendable date, includes a ratification bonus, annual wage increases and contract language enhancements. Horizon Air and IBT reached tentative agreement on the new contract in May.

Under the Railway Labor Act, which governs collective bargaining agreements in the airline industry, contracts do not expire. Instead they become amendable. The ratified agreement for Horizon's technicians becomes amendable in 2020.

Southern Oregon Ready-Mix of Central Point was one of six firms honored Friday by the Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries in its 2013 Mined Land Reclamation Awards.

The local ready-mix branch of California-based J.F. Shea was given the Outstanding Operator award for quickly correcting problems inherited from past operators at their sand and gravel site, while implementing best-management practices to protect adjacent natural resources and reduce the potential for off-site impacts.

Other companies honored were Oregon Resources Corporation of Coos Bay for Outstanding Reclamation, Triple C Redi-Mix Inc. of Baker City for Voluntary Reclamation, Western Mine Development of Baker County for Outstanding Operator, Latham Excavation of Bend got the Good Neighbor Award, and Weyerhaeuser Co. got the Oregon Plan Award.

The Special Recognition Award went to Bob Short, consultant to CalPortland Co.

A newly constituted board will begin mapping out Metro Medford Downtown Association's next moves when it convenes at 8 a.m. Wednesday, July 2.

The organization will consider future partnerships when it gathers in the Woolworth Building conference room, 33 N. Central Ave.

"We have a president that is an actual merchant, and that's a big deal," said Executive Director Diane Raymond. "The past three presidents have been people with a strong community interest, but not store owners."

The new board president is George Schroeder, owner of Schroeder's Quality Furniture & Collectibles on East Main Street. Rounding out the executive committee are architect John Duffié, vice president, Jerry Shean, of Foster Denman Attorneys at Law; and Trish Welch, treasurer, executive director at the ARC of Jackson County.

Compiled from staff reports