Labor headlines from the May 3, 2002, edition of the Northwest Labor Press

Custodians offer wage concessions at school district
The union representing 330 custodians at Portland Public Schools said at an April 22 press conference that an offer it made to cut wages and benefits to help the district save millions of dollars is falling on deaf ears.

Experts forecast continuing crisis in health care costs
Health care increases have become the most serious threat to workers' wages, and paying for health care has become the most contentious issue in union contract negotiations.

Kitzhaber vetoes farm worker bargaining bill
House Bill 4025 was engineered by the Oregon Farm Bureau to block Oregon's farm workers' union - Northwest Treeplanters and Farmworkers - from using secondary boycotts to bring agricultural employers to the bargaining table.

Painters engage members with massive gift giveaway
Christopher Nicolay of Salem Painters Local 724 was the grand prize winner of a 2002 Ford F-150 XL pickup truck, part of new incentive program sponsored by the Painters Union/Management Partnership.

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