March 19, 2004  Volume 105 Number 6

DeFazio, Nesbitt take aim at job-destroying trade policy
Oregon Congressman Peter DeFazio blasted the Bush Administration for trading away American jobs in a March 11 press conference at a Portland unemployment office. "How are we going to be a great nation any more if we don't make things?" DeFazio asked. "If the goods get infinitely cheaper but nobody's working, what good does it do us?"

Union, Leonard unite to protect whistleblower
Someone working in the City of Portland Bureau of Licenses saw something wrong in the bureau: Most Portland businesses were paying the city’s business income tax on time, but for those businesses that did not, managers in the bureau were routinely waiving the penalty.

NOLC interviews political hopefuls
The Northwest Oregon Labor Council Executive Board has made several endorsement recommendations for the May 18 primary election. On March 8, the Executive Board interviewed nearly a dozen candidates — ranging from hopefuls for state representative to county sheriff. At the interviews candidates also returned a questionnaire compiled and distributed by the Oregon AFL-CIO.
Portland carpenter heads to El Salvador to fight NAFTA II
Approval of the five-nation Central American Free Trade Agreement is in doubt in El Salvador, where its fate awaits the result of March 21 presidential elections. With support from a handful of local unions, Jason Sheckler, 31, left for El Salvador on March 13. There, he’s training to be an accredited election observer, and will work to assure the Salvadoran election isn’t stolen by fraud.

ILWU Local 5 reaches tentative deal with Powell's Books
Five months after their first union contract expired, union and management negotiators at Powell’s Books reached a tentative agreement on a new four-year deal. If approved by the members, the contract will cover 400-plus Portland and Beaverton bookstore employees, who belong to International Longshore and Warehouse Union Local 5.

Oregon AFL-CIO won't pursue initiatives in November
The Oregon AFL-CIO Executive Board voted Feb. 26 not to move forward with a state initiative to provide health care for all Oregon children. The decision came after board members affirmed the presidential and congressional contests in Oregon as labor’s top priority for the November 2004 elections.
More news articles
* CWA loses Comcast in Beaverton

* Dueling rats protest 3-Kings Co.
* Portlanders rally for health care reform



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