May 21, 2004  Volume 105 Number 10

Bush’s Drug Discount Card confuses seniors
May 1 began the first phase of the Bush administration's health care plan: The Prescription Drug Discount Card.

[Left: Seniors at an April 4 Portland seminar try to understand the new changes to Medicare.]

Farmers, industry stall enforcement of pesticide law
ThereÁs a slow but steady battle in Salem between a lobby group representing pesticide users and a lobby group representing workers and environmentalists. The pesticide users are winning.

Building trades call for boycott of Vancouver Convention Center
The Columbia-Pacific Building and Construction Trades Council is calling for a boycott of the yet-to-be-built Vancouver Convention Center & Hotel because of work that has been awarded to several non-union subcontractors. The $73.1 million publicly-funded facility at downtown West Sixth and Columbia streets just south of Esther Short Park broke ground last December and is slated for completion in June 2005.
Maletis Beverage removed from labor's Unfair List
“Drink Budweiser again,” says the union that represents Portland-area distributors of the beer. Teamsters Local 162, which represents workers at Maletis Beverage, has reached agreement with the company on a new contract.

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