Labor headlines from the April 5, 2002, edition of the Northwest Labor Press

Labor joins environmentalists, others to stop power plant in Central Oregon
With state and local government budgets bleeding revenue in the current recession, some public administrators are looking to replace public employees with low-wage private contractors as a way to save money.

Albany Steelworkers ratify contract at Wah Chang
Members of Steelworkers Local 6163 ratified a new six-year labor agreement with the Allegheny Technologies Wah Chang plant, putting an end to a seven-month labor dispute.

Voter alert: More signature thieves hit Salem, Portland
The Voter Education Project has turned over evidence of forgery and fraud by initiative circulators to the Oregon secretary of state and attorney general's office.

Portland School Board considers severe cuts in budget
With as many as 500 constituents looking on, the Board of Portland Public Schools voted 7-0 March 18 to close two elementary schools, establish the shortest school year in the United States, and make a series of cuts aimed at district employees.

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