15, 2004 Volume
105 Number 20
labor wants George W. Bush out of the White House
George W. Bush is the most anti-union president in memory, from his nominations
to a series of direct attacks on unions to his treatment of jobs, taxes,
and the economy.
voters face a smorgasbord of ballot measures
Of the eight statewide initiatives and referendums on the ballot, the
state labor federation’s Committee on Political Education (COPE),
made up of representatives from every affiliated union, is making recommendations
Lay’s closure wipes out 134 jobs of Bakers Union
called its workers together at 4 a.m. on Sept. 30 to tell them that it
will be shutting down its “Grandma’s Cookies” plant
and warehouse in Beaverton within 60 days. The closure will wipe out 134
family-wage jobs that paid on average $15.50 an hour, in addition to health
and pension benefits.
483 member Damon Mabee running for Oregon City commissioner
A major difference between Mabee and his opponent is Wal-Mart. The world’s
largest employer is trying to open a supercenter in Oregon City, but has
been refused first by the Planning Commission and later by the City Council.
Andy Stern visits Portland to spur voter registration
Local campaign offices got a visit Sept. 30 from Andy Stern, president
of the Service Employees International Union. Stern is one of the founders
of America Coming Together and America Votes, two new political efforts
that are shaping this year’s election.
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