June 3, 2005  Volume 106 Number 11

Wearing the purple T-shirts of their union, an estimated 4,000 workers represented by Service Employees International Union Local 503 marched and rallied outside the Salem Capitol building May 21 in support of their campaign for a fair contract.

Retirement Insecurity: The worry-free retirement is fading
After a long slow victory over poverty in old age, the right to a secure retirement has begun to slip away for American workers.

Study says unions train more minorities in construction
Construction union apprenticeship programs in Oregon recruit and graduate more women and minorities than their open-shop counterparts, according to a study released in May by the Labor Education and Research Center of the University of Oregon.

OPEIU Local 11 appoints interim executive
Kathleen Kinnick has been appointed interim executive secretary-treasurer of Office and Professional Employees Local 11 following the resignation of Debbie Sluyter.

Labor stung by Wu letters - for Wiederhorn and against a casino
In less than a month, third-term Democrat David Wu has taken two very vocal positions on the opposite side of building trades unions and the Oregon AFL-CIO. One involves a convicted felon and the other a state compact on a proposed Indian casino.

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