Labor headlines from the February 1, 2002, edition of the Northwest Labor Press

Diverse groups join labor in asking state legislators for worker relief package
The Oregon Food Bank, the Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon, laid-off workers and other community and religious organizations joined the Oregon AFL-CIO and Associated Oregon Industries in calling for the Legislature to enact an Oregon Worker Relief and Economic Recovery Act when it meets in a special session Feb. 8 to shore up an $830 million general budget shortfall.

Damage lingers from power crisis
The wholesale market price of electricity may have dropped back to 1999 levels, but utility customers will continue to face high prices and there's no end in sight to last year's layoffs in energy-intensive industries.

DCTU stung by Portland proposal to hike non-union wages up to 26 percent
Union members at the City of Portland are seething after hearing that the City Council is considering raising salaries of managers and non-represented personnel by as much as 26 percent.

Sept. 11 terrorist attacks are used to clobber workers
To formulate a labor response to the change in political climate, the Oregon AFL-CIO and Northwest Oregon Labor Council co-sponsored a conference that looked at the severity of the economic downturn and the danger to civil liberties of new anti-terrorist bills.

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