January 1, 2010 Volume 111 Number 1

Ballot measures 66 and 67: Taxing the top tier
For the first time in a generation, Oregon voters will decide whether corporations and the rich should pay more.

[Left, by day, AFSCME member David Delk works for Housing Authority of Portland as a compliance officer enforcing Davis-Bacon prevailing wage rules. Evenings, he’s been volunteering calling hundreds of voters for the Vote Yes For Oregon campaign.]

Year in review: 2009 in organized labor
New Year's at the Northwest Labor Press is a chance to look back on — and update — some of the stories we reported in 2009.
Lying by numbers
How Oregonians Against Job-Killing Taxes, the business backed campaign against Measures 66 and 67, came up with the claim that the measures will cause the loss of 70,000 jobs.
U.S. Chamber of Commerce sues to halt Worker Freedom Act
Associated Oregon Industries and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce filed a lawsuit Dec. 22 to stop the Worker Freedom Act from becoming law. The Worker Freedom Act prevents employers from punishing workers who opt-out of mandatory meetings on topics such as politics, religion, and union organizing.

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