21, 2005 Volume
106 Number 2
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.
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.”
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.
future: SEIU sparks a debate
alarm over labor’s steady decline, a major debate over the structure
and direction of the American union movement has been brewing for over
at Portland School District drags on
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.
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.
* Ed Clay resigns as UFCW Local 555 secretary-treasurer
City commissioner Sam Adams hires part- time labor liaison
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