October 15, 2004  Volume 105 Number 20

Why 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.

Oregon 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 on four.

Frito Lay’s closure wipes out 134 jobs of Bakers Union
Frito-Lay 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.
Laborers 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.

SEIU’s 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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