June 4, 2004  Volume 105 Number 11

Union label rare at Starbucks
At 15 sites in Oregon and Southwest Washington, Starbucks coffee is brewed and served by union workers.

[Left: UFCW Local 555 members Sarah and Dawn serve Starbucks coffee at the Lake Oswego Safeway store.]

Wu to introduce Medicare prescription drug reform
During a visit to his district May 25, Oregon Congressman David Wu said he plans to introduce a bill to reform the Medicare Prescription Drug and Modernization Act, which he supported when it passed last November.

Coos County wants union firm to finish gas pipeline
Coos County learned an expensive lesson when a non-union contractor botched a pipeline job.
Labor-endorsed candidates do well in May primary
In statewide races, labor’s candidates won their contested primaries handily.

Qwest disconnects 110 CWA members in Portland
On May 20, Qwest Communications managers called 110 union workers at the company’s “Small Business Care Center” to an assembly in the long-closed cafeteria of their downtown Portland office building. There, Qwest vice president Jeffrey Clark gave them the news: Their jobs are to be eliminated in August, their work to be transferred to Denver, Colo., St. Paul, Minn., and Phoenix, Ariz.

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