June 17, 2005  Volume 106 Number 12

Motorcycle poker run 
More than 230 people rode June 11 in the “Unions for Kids” Motorcycle Poker run starting at IBEW Local 48 in Northeast Portland. Proceeds benefit Doernbecher Childrens Hospital. Left is Glenn Vance of Plumbers Local 290 and daughter Joleen.

Capital Consultants collapse detailed at Congressional hearing
Congress is considering legislation to change the rules governing employer-provided pensions, and on June 9, a U.S. Senate committee took testimony on pension fraud involving Portland-based Capital Consultants.

Sparks fly at labor breakfast with Congressman David Wu
Oregon First District Congressman David Wu walked into a hornet’s nest when he attended a June 1 breakfast with Portland-area labor leaders. The discussion kept coming back to Wu's opposition to a bid by the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs to build a casino in the Columbia Gorge National Scenic Area.

Health care reform shot down in Salem
On the issue of health care, the times may call for bold ideas, but nothing bold will be coming out of a divided Oregon legislature this year.

More news articles
* Teamsters settle strike at Tillamook cheese factory

* Oregon Senate passes "right to form unions" bill
* Employees at KOIN-TV vote for CWA
* Prestige Care nursing homes stay non-union
* WCIW's Pieti named to state forestry panel

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