January 21, 2005  Volume 106 Number 2

Parry Center pickets brave icy cold
Left, Joan Dernbach and Lindsay Brown, members of SEIU Local 503 on strike at Parry Center for Children, bundle up for picket duty on the heels of an ice storm that blasted the area Jan. 15. About 85 workers have been holding the line since Nov. 29. Parry Center is a psychiatric residential treatment center for children that is operated by Trillium Family Services.

Nearly 90 percent of Parry Center's funding comes from taxpayers. Management says that in order to settle, more than half the workforce will have to be permanently replaced. Strikers received a boost from 21 religious leaders who recently signed a letter to Governor Ted Kulongoski urging him to withhold the state’s contract with the agency “until such time as the union contract with the workers is settled and all strikers have been returned to work.”

Labor ponders what to expect from Legislature
The Oregon Legislature began its 73rd session Jan. 10. Once again, union leaders expect it to be a battleground of pro- and anti-worker proposals.

Labor’s future: SEIU sparks a debate
Fueled by alarm over labor’s steady decline, a major debate over the structure and direction of the American union movement has been brewing for over a year.
Bargaining at Portland School District drags on
Members of the District Council of Unions (DCU) — an umbrella group of unions that represent construction maintenance, bus and cafeteria workers, and classified employees at Portland Public Schools — are fed up with the district’s handling of contract negotiations. Union officials have been bargaining for a new contract since late February 2004.
Potential owner of PGE eyes job cuts
A Jan. 5 article in Willamette Week brought to light a set of secret plans for major layoffs at Portland General Electric if Texas Pacific Group wins approval of its bid to buy the utility.
More news articles
* Ed Clay resigns as UFCW Local 555 secretary-treasurer

* Portland City commissioner Sam Adams hires part- time labor liaison

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