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June 6, 2003  Volume 104 Number 11

Opponents fight Wal-Mart expansion site by site
Oregonians hoping to slow the expansion in of anti-union retail giant Wal-Mart experienced one victory and one defeat in May.

Labor bills to rein in drug costs face roadblock
With rapid increases in the cost of health care taking money out of the pockets of America’s workers and employers, pressure is building for lawmakers to do something. But at the same time, drug companies are earning legendary profits from a topsy-turvy system of pricing, and they’re using every bit of their political influence to drag down efforts at reform.
Metropolitan Alliance assembly gets labor boost
More than 1,200 delegates — including a labor caucus of 139 — took part in a May 13 Metropolitan Alliance For Common Good assembly at the Oregon Convention Center.

Barbara Byrd, (right), a member of the Unitarian Church, and Rodney McCambridge of Sheet Metal Workers Local 16’s Volunteer Organizing Committee, help collect 1,800 ballots for the May 20 election that were turned in at the Metropolitan Alliance For Common Good Assembly May 13 and delivered to election officials. The ballot, which included Measure 26-48 to raise an income tax in Multnomah County dedicated to school, health care and corrections funding, passed with 58 percent of the vote.

Jury awards iron worker $520,000 for jobsite negligence
A Multnomah County jury on May 15 found Slayden Construction, Inc., of Stayton, Ore., negligent for the injuries suffered by ironworker John Morris when the curtain of reinforcing steel he was working on collapsed in April 2000.
Portland, AFSCME Local 189 settle 2001 dispute
The City of Portland and its biggest union have agreed to settle a two-year-old dispute over an “illegal strike” by parking patrol officers.
Voters pass new income taxes to fund schools for three years
Voters in Multnomah County voted to save schools, maintain help for the medically needy and keep the community safe by passing Ballot Measure 26-48 in the May 20 election. The vote was 58 percent “yes” to create a new county income tax of 1.25 percent dedicated to schools, public health and public safety.
Bill targets 'Enterprise Zone' property tax exemptions
Amendments to House Bill 2299-B have been drafted to force the state’s enterprise tax zones to deliver the benefits they were designed to deliver – good jobs for Oregon workers.

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* Siegner elected by national Painting Contractors
* Mano Frey wins coveted award from United Way
* Anderson re-elected to Salem Electric Co-op