April 21, 2006  Volume 107 Number 8

Unions remember fallen workers
On an average day, 152 people lose their lives as a result of workplace injuries and diseases, and another 11,780 are injured, according the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The unions of the AFL-CIO remember these workers on April 28 Workers Memorial Day.

Labor movement wants path to citizenship for illegal immigrants
Congress has been debating over the last six months how to respond to a flood of illegal immigration. It estimated that there are 11.5 to 12 million illegal immigrants in the United States, a number that's growing by more than half a million a year. About 7.2 million of them are employed, accounting for nearly 5 percent of the U.S. civilian workforce.

Oregon AFL-CIO’s proposed Workers Memorial hits bureaucratic roadblock
Bob Williams, chair of the committee, and committee member Marilyn Terhaar met March 14 with the Department of Administrative Services and the state architect to review the labor federation's request for putting a Memorial of the Fallen Worker on the Capitol grounds — preferably on the west side near the Circle of Flags.
Steve Hecker prepares to leave LERC after 25 years
For 25 years, University of Oregon associate professor Steven Hecker has worked with unions, employers and government agencies to combat workplace health hazards. In August, he’s leaving U of O’s Labor Education and Research Center. Two weeks before Workers Memorial Day, Hecker talked with Northwest Labor Press associate editor Don McIntosh about what has happened to worker safety and health.
Worker’s Guide To OR-OSHA
Part of utilizing the Oregon-Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OR-OSHA) properly is being able to understand the system.

Think again
A regular column by Tim Nesbitt
Uniting hearts and minds for immigration reform
"Winning hearts and minds" can sound like a noble goal in politics. But splitting hearts and minds is a more common tactic, as we're seeing now in the struggle over immigration reform.