4, 2005 Volume
106 Number 3
Center strike ends
After nearly two months on strike against a hard-line anti-union
stance by Trillium Family Services management, workers at Portland’s
Parry Center for Children were jubilant Jan. 26 at the news they’d
be going back to work.
About 100 Parry Center strikers and supporters occupy the lobby
of a downtown office tower Jan. 21 to demand an audience with Parry
Center Board member Peter Northrup. Thirteen of the protesters were
later arrested and charged with criminal trespass.]
Witt appointed state rep in District 31
Brad Witt, secretary-treasurer of the Oregon AFL-CIO, has been appointed
to the House of Representatives in District 31. He will fill the
unexpired term of Democrat Betsy Johnson of Scappoose, who was appointed
to the State Senate to fill a vacancy created by the resignation
of Democrat Joan Dukes, who accepted an appointment to the Northwest
Power Planning Council.
Unions react to SEIU's proposal
A debate begun in November by Service Employees International Union
has caught fire among the national leaderships of AFL-CIO affiliated
unions. At issue is the structure of the American labor movement,
and the discussion could precipitate major changes at the AFL-CIO’s
July 2005 quadrennial convention.
Water Bureau worker
becomes head of AFSCME Local 189
Carol Stahlke, Portland Local 189’s new union president, learned
the meaning of union through struggles with management.
AFL-CIO to battle
Social Security privatization scheme
The union movement is gearing up for a nationwide debate over President
Bush’s call to privatize Social Security. Critics
are having a field day ripping holes in arguments for privatization,
and the president’s supporters in Congress are nervous about
the political consequences of proceeding with Social Security privatization.
ATU 757 delays strike
at Lane Transit District
A transit strike in Lane County was averted — at least for
a while — when bus operators and their union, Amalgamated
Transit Union Local 757, agreed Jan. 31 to a public mediation plan
and 35-day cooling off period.
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