7, 2005 Volume
106 Number 19
at Portland Water Bureau head to New Orleans
Trucks and equipment from the City of Portland Water Bureau left
for New Orleans Oct. 3, and 35 skilled union workers from the Bureau
will follow, to help rebuild New Orleans' water system, damaged
by Hurricane Katrina.
Lead water service mechanic Otha Govan, a member of AFSCME Local
189, is one of 35 Portland Water Bureau employees headed for New
ratify contract at Boeing
Some 18,400 Machinists Union members in Washington, Oregon and Kansas
voted Sept. 29 by a better than 80 percent margin to approve a new
contract with the Boeing Company and end their 28-day strike.
in labor movement hits Oregon state labor federation
At its Sept.
23 General Board meeting, the Oregon AFL-CIO continued to grapple
with what to do about a split in the national labor movement. On
the table are budget cuts, and dues increases.
coalition ratifies 5-year pact with Kaiser Permanente
at Kaiser Permanente ratified a new five-year contract Sept. 28.
The contract covers some 82,000 employees from 29 different unions
at more than 400 Kaiser facilities in eight states, including Oregon
and Washington, that bargaining jointly under the Coalition of Kaiser
chief says U.S. health care needs radical overhaul
the national union president who led a group of unions to break
away from the AFL-CIO, told a group of Portland health care professionals
Sept. 20 that America's health care system is unsustainable in its
current form and can't be fixed by tinkering.
483 unhappy with Portland Commissioner Saltzman
Members of Laborers
Local 483 are unhappy with Portland City Commissioner Dan Saltzman
for a vote he cast against a new union contract at Portland Parks
and Recreation. The unit had been without a contract for over a
year. Saltzman was the only
member of City Council
to vote against the pact, which was bargained by city management.
uses hurricane disaster to ram through low-wage work
labor is pushing national, state and local elected officials to
call on President George W. Bush to restore prevailing wages for
construction workers who will rebuild the Gulf Coast devastated
by Hurricane Katrina.
regular column by Oregon AFL-CIO President Tim Nesbitt
beyond the five stages of grief for Oregon’s education system
Listen to almost any discussion of the prospects for repairing our
system in Oregon today, and you're likely to hear a dysfunctional
version of what psychologists call the five stages of grief.
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