December 19, 2003  Volume 104 Number 24
Demonstrations in 64 cities for the right to organize
St. Helens school bus driver Michael Warren, left, tells a Portland audience of union supporters that he was fired for supporting a union drive. ... MORE

AFL-CIO wants SAIF to revert back to state agency
SAIF, Oregon’s largest seller of workers’ compensation insurance, is a self-supporting, not-for-profit, publicly-owned insurance company that is not supported by tax dollars. The Oregon AFL-CIO — with backing from Labor Commissioner Dan Gardner — will support an initiative petition to convert SAIF back into a bona fide state agency.

Critics say NAFTA's 10-year record validates dire predictions
On Jan. 1, NAFTA — the North American Free Trade Agreement —will turn 10. Critics say NAFTA, a treaty that was sold to U.S. audiences as a job booster, has done exactly what they said it would — led to job losses in the United States.

O'Connor, Petroff re-elected to top labor council spots
In the only contested race, Lynn Lehrbach of Teamsters Joint Council No. 37 defeated David Raahahn of Oregon Council 75 of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees for second vice president.

Mayor Katz agrees to meet with MACG on affordable housing and living wage
After years of refusals, Portland Mayor Vera Katz agreed to meet with the membership of the Metropolitan Alliance for Common Good to respond to the group’s call for increased affordable housing — constructed by workers paid a living wage.

More news articles
* Governor names Nesbitt to state education panel

* Douglas County Labor Council ceases operation
* AFSCME asks unions that contribute to Kerr Center to stress union ties

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