Labor headlines from the October 6, 2000, edition of the Northwest Labor Press

Feds take over Capital Consultants

The U.S. Department of Labor has secured a stipulated order appointing a permanent receiver and freezing assets of Capital Consultants of Portland and preliminarily barring the firm from doing business with any pension plan governed by the federal Employee Retirement Income Security Act.

Measure 93 would cost taxpayers millions to answer 'nickel-and-dime' funding questions

If Ballot Measure 93 passes in the November 2000 election, Oregon voters will find future ballots chock-full of "nickel-and-dime" questions as the state is forced to seek approval for any increase more than the rate of inflation for all manner of minor taxes and fees.

Kaiser Permanente and labor finalize national contract

The Kaiser Permanente health maintenance organization and a coalition of 25 locals from eight international unions have agreed to an unprecedented five-year national contract that will raise pay, guarantee job security to 62,000 workers and strengthen their role in staffing decisions that affect patient care.

Steelworkers Union announces end to Kaiser lockout

Members of United Steelworkers of America in Washington, Ohio, and Louisiana may begin returning to work at five Kaiser Aluminum and Chemical Corporation plants as early as Oct. 12, following an arbitrator's decision that ended a 22-month dispute.

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