Solving the crisis in health care:
2007 will be the best chance in years
In Washington, D.C., and in Salem, Ron Wyden and Ben Westlund plan
to push versions of universal health care.
Oregon labor unions
gear up ambitious political agenda
are high among union lobbyists going into Oregon’s 2007 legislative
session, which begins Jan. 8. With Democrats in control of the governor’s
office and the Oregon House and Senate, union strategy has switched
from defense to offense.
operators to take strike vote in Corvallis
transit and school bus drivers in Corvallis are expected to vote
Jan. 16 to reject a contract offer and authorize a strike.
members in Oregon Legislature get key posts
handful of “labor legislators,” all Democrats, will
chair committees for the first time in their legislative careers,
and have a much better chance of passing legislation.
lists goals for second term
Dan Gardner, commissioner
of the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries, said he will push
for legislation requiring overtime pay for workers after each eight-hour
shift they work. He'll also take action to address
the growing shortage of construction workers.
Custodial Board rejects
PPS’ proposed hiring plan
The Custodial Civil Service Board rejected a plan to give special
treatment to janitors employed by a district contractor who are
applying for permanent positions with Portland Public Schools. PPS
is returning to an in-house custodial staff because of an Oregon
Supreme Court ruling that contracting out custodial work was illegal.
lame-duck session, Congress passes anti-worker trade law
As one of its last acts before adjourning, the Republican-controlled
109th Congress passed a detailed trade law in its lame-duck post-election
bill covers trade and tariff policy with dozens of nations and was
approved by the House in a 212-184 vote. The AFL-CIO opposed the
What’s in that
union-made bread? Daughters of Bakers Local 114 members have won
four pageant crowns
the past two decades, the offspring of four Local 114 members have
been crowned Miss America, Miss Oregon and Miss Teen Oregon.
by Tim Nesbitt
Final Column: A ‘think again list’ for 2007
I am excited about joining Governor Ted Kulongoski’s staff,
but I am sad to have to give up this column. Still, I can’t
be a member of the governor’s leadership team and an independent
commentator on Oregon politics at the same time.
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