Oregon: Scout's Honor, Union's Gripe

Scout's Honor, Union's Gripe

Among requirements for the rank of eagle scout are community service, leadership and organizational ability. So when Scout Kenneth Pulley industriously organized volunteers a year ago to clean and paint eight of the 800 bus shelters in his hometown of Portland, he was rewarded four months later with a promotion to eagle. More recently, Pulley, 16, earned a less meritorious recognition: his project was cited in a labor grievance for violating the local transit union's contract with the agency that runs the city's buses.

Complaining that Pulley's cleanup ignored provisions against subcontracting union work, labor leaders rasped that the project, which...

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