October 21, 2005  Volume 106 Number 20

Nesbitt resigns as president of Oregon AFL-CIO
Breakup of the national AFL-CIO costs Oregon its top leader as Tim Nesbitt announces he will leave the Oregon AFL-CIO Nov. 18.

[Left: Oregon AFL-CIO President Tim Nesbitt receives congratulations from national AFL-CIO President John Sweeney at the labor federation’s convention in Portland Oct. 17.]

Tom Chamberlain to follow Tim Nesbitt as president of Oregon AFL-CIO
Tom Chamberlain, newly-appointed president of the Oregon AFL-CIO, says he's not going to try to be Tim Nesbitt, his predecessor. But he is going to follow the advice of his favorite coach, his wife: "Never change a winning game, and always change a losing game."

Sweeney extends deadline for breakaway unions
The AFL-CIO has reached an agreement in principle over terms for local unions affiliated with the Change to Win (CTW) federation to join AFL-CIO state federations and central labor councils via Solidarity Charters and enjoy full voting and participation rights.

Oregon AFL-CIO convention sets policy for next two years
For 206 delegates at the Oregon Convention Center, the 2005 Oregon AFL-CIO convention was a chance to make policy, approve structural changes proposed by the federation’s leadership, and, along with 110 honorary delegates and guests, get educated for the struggles ahead.
Oregon Supreme Court says Portland school custodians fired illegally
The Oregon Supreme Court ruled 4-3 on Oct. 12 that the Portland School District violated state labor law when it contracted with a private company for custodial services.

Former governor sounds trumpet for universal health care
Two-term Democratic governor John Kitzhaber, who worked 13 years as an emergency room doctor in Roseburg, delivered a call for a health care "revolution" before an audience of labor and management leaders. Stripped down to its essentials, Kitzhaber said, the current system is obsessed with the delivery of "health care" as an economic commodity, at the expense of health.

Portland School District declares impasse in talks with DCU
Portland Public Schools has declared an impasse in its negotiations with the District Council of Unions (DCU), an umbrella group of a dozen union locals that represent approximately 300 craft and maintenance workers, bus and truck drivers, community agents and campus monitors at the school district.


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