January 4, 2008 Volume 109 Number 1

2008: The Year of China
China’s rapid economic expansion has forced the world to pay attention in recent years. In a very short time, China has emerged as contract factory to the world, and an economic superpower.

[Left, union members rally Dec. 5 outside a Southeast Portland WalMart to call attention to the company’s preference for Chinese-made goods..]

Foster kids' holiday party gets boost from UA Local 290
A $1,000 donation by Plumbers and Fitters Local 290 to child welfare employees at the Oregon Department of Human Services in East Multnomah County helped foster kids enjoy a holiday party Dec. 18..

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