April 15, 2005  Volume 106 Number 8

AFL outs Charles Schwab support for privatization
If stock brokerages are supporting the campaign to privatize Social Security, the AFL-CIO wants their customers to know about it.

[Left: In demonstrations in 70 cities, including Portland, left, the Charles Schwab Corporation was targeted March 31 for its backing of pro-privatization groups.]

Unions remember workers killed on job
Decades of struggle by workers and their unions have resulted in significant improvements in working conditions. But the toll of workplace injuries, illnesses, and deaths remains enormous. Each year more than 60,000 workers die from job injuries and illnesses and another 6 million are injured. The unions of the AFL-CIO remember these workers on April 28 Workers Memorial Day.

Cascade Locks casino complex will be union-built
The compact between the state and the tribe contains workers’ rights provisions that will allow for the more than 1,000 employees to join a union by voluntary "card-check recognition."

Union says overdue break contributed to fatal bus accident
TriMet bus operator Diane Boothe may have been in a hurry to take a restroom break when she was crushed to death by her bus on Nov. 2, 2004.
Building trades asks Canadian developer to ‘Hire Oregon First’
Nearly 150 construction workers and their allies marched through the streets of downtown Portland April 1 demanding that a Canadian developer “Hire Oregon First.”

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