AFL-CIO President Tim Nesbitt, left, was a guest on Al Franken’s
radio show May 10, broadcast live from Portland. The show, known
as the O’Franken Factor, airs nationwide on the recently-formed
Air America network. In Portland, it airs 9 to noon weekdays on
KPOJ 620 AM.
fight boils down to who will benefit from trade
With the day of decision looming in Congress, CAFTA — the
Central American Free Trade Agreement — is shaping up to be
the most important trade policy battle since NAFTA.
unions criticized by outgoing PDC chair Hennessee
Union officials attending a Portland Development Commission meeting
May 11 were “stunned” and “insulted” by
comments the panel’s chair made at the close of the meeting.
benefits would be cut by progressive indexing
In early May, debate flared over a new feature in President Bush’s
campaign to change Social Security. Bush proposed a formula for
Social Security benefit cuts, which he termed “progressive
labor leaders ponder idea of political party for workers
Seeing the growing influence of corporate cash on the Democratic
and Republican parties, some U.S. union leaders are asking whether
working people need their own political party. “Working Families”
parties have already formed in New York and Connecticut, and in
April, the head of the New York party pitched the idea to Oregon
SEIU Local 503 organizes
six more nursing homes in Oregon
Service Employees International Union Local 503 has begun a second
wave of union organizing at Oregon nursing homes. In April, workers
voted in the union at six out of nine nursing homes SEIU tried to
unionize. Since those votes, SEIU has petitioned to represent workers
at five other nursing homes, with elections likely in late May or
re-elected at Machinists District Lodge 24
Robert Petroff was re-elected directing business representative
of Machinists District Lodge 24. He defeated challenger Brian Severns
by a vote of 593-481.
Wu opposes Cascade
Locks casino, irks construction unions
trades unions are furious with First District Congressman David
Wu after he announced opposition to a proposed Indian casino in
Cascade Locks that, if approved by the federal government, will
be built under an all-union project labor agreement.