Labor headlines from the February 4, 2000, edition of the Northwest Labor Press
'Unity rally' bolsters strikers
- Striking workers are enduring great sacrifice as Sheet Metal Workers Local 16 continues a walkout at CleanPak begun July 9, 1998.
Oregon AFL-CIO files "Patients'
Bill of Rights" initiative
- For a patient, there's no negotiating with a health maintenance organization, but if backers of a new ballot measure succeed, Oregon may be the first state to enact a multiple-item "Patients' Bill of Rights" that would change that.
Skit protests oppression of banana
workers in Guatemala
- About a hundred union supporters briefly occupied a Portland Safeway supermarket Jan. 23 to call attention to terror faced by a group of unionized banana workers in Guatemala.
UFCW Local 555 wraps up grocery
- Described as the best grocery contracts in memory, 9,200 grocery workers vote on new three-year contracts
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