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

Custodians turn up heat to keep jobs at schools
With state and local government budgets bleeding revenue in the current recession, some public administrators are looking to replace public employees with low-wage private contractors as a way to save money.

Hansen succeeds Cook as president of Letter Carriers Portland Branch 82
Leadership of Portland-based Branch 82 of the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) is changing hands as L.C. Hansen, 49, succeeds Jim Cook , 49, as president.

September trial date set in RICO lawsuit against Sizemore's OTU
The unions are alleging fraud, racketeering and falsifying tax returns in OTU¨s collection of signatures for several anti-union initiative petitions that appeared on the ballot in November 1998 and 2000.

Steelworkers' settlement at Wah Chang remains uncertain
Despite indications from management that they were ready to accept a "framework" for settling a six-month-old lockout at Allegheny Wah Chang three weeks ago, the company delivered a "best and final" offer to the union March 6 that fails to comply with that framework.

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