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June 20, 2003  Volume 104 Number 12

Labor fears the worst in new Chile, Singapore trade deals
The NAFTA-like agreements, up for approval by Congress, would set a precedent for trade deals with dozens of other countries.

NLRB slaps Williams Controls for unfair acts
A campaign by a Tigard-based truck throttle manufacturer to starve out its strikers was dealt a legal blow last month when the National Labor Relations Board - agreeing with United Auto Workers Local 492 - found Williams Controls, Inc. to be in repeat violation of U.S. labor law and ordered the company to reinstate 120 workers with back pay.
CWA leads 'privacy rights'protest at Comcast Cable
Members and allies of Communications Workers of America (CWA) Local 7901 held a rally at the Northeast Portland office of Comcast Cable to protest the company’s handling of customers’ private information. Similar rallies were held at cities nationwide.

Members of CWA Local 7901 and their allies took to the street at Comcast Cable’s office on Northeast Sandy Blvd. in Portland to protest the company’s policy on sharing cable and Internet customers’ private information such as Social Security numbers and driver’s license numbers with other businesses.

Janitors march for fair contract
Justice for Janitors had its largest Portland mobilization yet June 13. Escorted by police who blocked off streets as they marched, about 250 janitors and supporters marched through downtown Portland at noon. Many blew whistles and marched to the beat of a drum corps as they passed by office buildings some of them clean.
Iron Workers' Paddy Barry steps down as business manager
Saying he’s tired and ready to “throttle back,” Paddy Barry stepped down as business manager of Portland Iron Workers Local 29 after 11 years at the helm. Barry, whose last day was June 20, was succeeded by union representative Jeff Carlson.

CWA reaches tentative deal with Qwest
Communication Workers of America announced on June 12 a tentative agreement with Qwest Communications International that contains no wage or benefit increases but promises substantive improvements in working conditions, job security, and the ability of the union to organize non-union parts of the company.

More news articles
* Feds exhaust money to retrain displaced workers
* Oregon Senate panel backs right-to-organize bill
* Local 290 installs heart defibrillation device at union hall