July 15, 2005  Volume 106 Number 14

Union women protest Wal-Mart sex discrimination
A group of union women occupied a Southeast Portland Wal-Mart July 9 to denounce systematic mistreatment of its female employees, the subject of a nationwide class-action lawsuit.

Senate approves CAFTA; trade battle moves to House
All four U.S. senators from Oregon and Washington voted June 30 to approve a NAFTA-style treaty the Bush Administration bargained with six Central American and Caribbean nations. Critics say CAFTA a further expansion of the trade policies that have led to America’s dramatic decline. It now goes to the U.S. House of Representatives, where it is expected to face an up-or-down vote by July 28.

PDC names new director
Bruce A. Warner, director of the Oregon Department of Transportation, will take over the embattled Portland Development Commission, which is responsible for economic development for the City of Portland.
Labor’s reaction to Warner was mixed.
Travis Eri elected to replace Bill Miller at IBEW Local 125
Travis Eri was elected business manager/financial secretary of Portland-based Electrical Workers Local 125, defeating Gary W. Clark 664 to 476 in balloting counted June 28. Both are business representatives of the union. Eri succeeds Bill Miller, who retired.

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