May 6, 2005  Volume 106 Number 9

Hearings test out Congress positions on CAFTA
The Central American Free Trade Agreement may be closer to a vote after coming up for discussion in congressional hearings last month.

[Left: Union sugar workers from Nyssa Oregon protest job losses prior to a forum with Oregon lawmakers.]

Social Security privatization battle intensifies nationwide
The end of April marked the close of President George W. Bush’s “60 stops in 60 days” tour. Bush and officials from his Administration spent two months traveling the country to talk about their plans for Social Security. Polls suggested the country was unpersuaded. Over the course of the 60 days, support for the president’s private accounts proposal fell.

State workers protest health care cost shifting
At more than 50 locations around Oregon, state workers picketed on their lunch hour April 13 to support a set of bills in the Legislature that would rein in health care costs.

Union Industries Show features American-made goods and services
More than 200,000 visitors saw how “Good Jobs Build Strong Communities,” courtesy of the annual AFL-CIO Union Industries Show at the Oregon Convention Center April 29-May 2.

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