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July 18, 2003  Volume 104 Number 14
Portland janitors ratify contract
Portland’s union janitors ratified a new five-year master agreement in a unanimous voice vote July 12. About 200 janitors attended the contract vote three days after negotiators for Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 49 and union janitorial contractors reached agreement, and 12 days after the old pact expired.
The agreement covers about 1,800 janitors at 11 firms, most of whom are employed cleaning Class A commercial office buildings; city, county and federal buildings; the Portland airport; and ... MORE

Unions protest G-P’s out-of-state workers
Over 100 union members took to a freeway overpass in Wauna, Oregon, July 3 to protest the use of non-union construction workers from outside Oregon at a taxpayer-subsidized Georgia-Pacific paper mill expansion project.
Home for the holiday, congressmen hear from unionists
At breakfast meetings the week of July 4, U.S. Representative Earl Blumenauer and U.S. Senator Ron Wyden heard from local union leaders about trade agreements, privatization, and the Bush administration.
8,000 Carpenters end strike in Western Washington
Carpenters walked off the job June 25 after the contractors’ association refused to adequately fund health insurance for workers and retirees. After nearly two weeks of project delays and shutdowns, the sides returned to the table to hammer out a tentative deal prior to the Fourth of July weekend.
Providence Milwaukie nurses strike
Nurses at Providence Milwaukie Hospital conducted a 24-hour strike July 11 to protest frequent staff cuts in the medical surgical unit.

Unions nearly ready to file PERS lawsuits
Union attorneys representing the PERS Coalition are finalizing legal challenges to House Bills 2003 and 2004, passed by the Oregon Legislature and signed into law two months ago. Greg Hartman, lead attorney for the PERS Coalition, said there will be six separate suits filed.
More news articles
* Oregon Public Broadcasting workers win arbitration victory

* NLRB tells paper to bargain over ad rep commissions
* New ombudsman named to assist injured workers

* OR-OSHA boss De Luca named chair of national advisory council
* PCUN’s Ramirez finalist for Ford award
* Oregon AFL-CIO announces scholarship winners