January 5, 2007 Volume 108 Number 1

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
Hopes 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.
Bus operators to take strike vote in Corvallis
City transit and school bus drivers in Corvallis are expected to vote Jan. 16 to reject a contract offer and authorize a strike.
Union 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.
Labor commissioner 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.

In 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 session.
The 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 bill.
What’s in that union-made bread? Daughters of Bakers Local 114 members have won four pageant crowns
Over the past two decades, the offspring of four Local 114 members have been crowned Miss America, Miss Oregon and Miss Teen Oregon.

Think again
by Tim Nesbitt
My 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.

Home | About

© Oregon Labor Press Publishing Co. Inc.