18, 2005 Volume
106 Number 6
DEAL IS A DEAL: Oregon Supreme Court overturns PERS rollbacks
Public employee unions are reacting favorably to a March 8 ruling.
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.]
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
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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