March 18, 2005  Volume 106 Number 6

A DEAL IS A DEAL: Oregon Supreme Court overturns PERS rollbacks
Public employee unions are reacting favorably to a March 8 ruling.

[Left: Lee Orton, a member of SEIU Local 503, speaks to reporters March 8 following an Oregon Supreme Court ruling that overturned changes the 2003 Legislature made to the PERS.]

Ideologues, finance sector mobilize for Social Security privatization
The campaign for Social Security privatization is being generated by an alliance of right-wing thinkers and top-tier bankers that have waged a two-and-a-half-decade-long campaign to undermine Social Security.
House considers putting union contracts to a public vote
Oregon House Majority Leader Wayne Scott, (R-Canby), has introduced a bill that would add a new section to the Oregon Constitution requiring all public employee collective bargaining agreements to be voted on by the general public.
24-hour strike at ConMet nets new contract
Members of Machinists Lodge 1432 voted 72-63 on March 8 to end a 24-hour strike and ratify a new three-year contract at Consolidated Metco Rivergate. The union represents 160 workers at the Portland plant, which manufactures aluminum hubs and spring brackets for Class 8 trucks.

A union for non-union workers: ‘Working America’ comes to Oregon
Organized by the national AFL-CIO, Working America offers a kind of “associate” union membership to working people who don’t have a union in their workplace.
Crippling Lane Transit strike ends after six days
Buses are again transporting riders at Lane Transit District following ratification March 13 of a new three-year contract by members of Amalgamated Transit Union Local 757. The six-day strike by 236 drivers, mechanics and customer service representatives stopped all buses (carrying approximately 33,000 riders a day) from rolling in Eugene and the surrounding area.

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