Labor headlines from the February 15, 2002, edition of the Northwest Labor Press

Governor has role in settlement of OHSU nurse's strike
Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber met privately in Salem with Oregon Nurses Association Labor Relations Administrator Ken Fitzsimon and Oregon Health and Science University President Dr. Peter Kohler days before a marathon mediation session lead to a settlement in the 56-day nurses strike in Portland.

School District intends to contract out custodial jobs
Portland School Employees Local 140 President Grant Walter received the closest thing to a "death warrant" a union can get - a letter Feb. 5 from his employer announcing a plan to eliminate all bargaining unit jobs as of July 1.

Downey succeeds Younger at Multnomah County AFSCME Local 88
Jim Younger, the longest-tenured staff representative at Oregon Council 75 of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, resigned last month as business agent of Multnomah County Employees Local 88 to take a job with the county's labor relations department in Portland.

IBEW urges Congress to protect workers from pension abuses
Bill Miller, business manager of Portland-based Electrical Workers Local 125, spoke Feb. 5 before the U.S. Senate Committee on Governmental Affairs chaired by Senator Joseph Lieberman, D-Conn., who is investigating Enron's locking in of workers' 401(k) plans last fall before the value of company stock hit bottom.

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