Labor headlines from the July 19, 2002, edition of the Northwest Labor Press
Portland School Board discards 300
On July 8, the board voted 5-2 to fire its 300 custodians and contract out their jobs to Portland Habilitation Center.
Machinists at Boeing plants authorize
strike in big way
The vote is a preliminary move designed to show solidarity in talks, which began June 25 in Wichita, Kansas.
Initiative reformers file petition
to end the buying and selling of signatures
Sponsors of a labor-backed initiative to stop the buying and selling of signatures on initiative petitions filed 121,690 signatures with the secretary of state July 5, which they say should guarantee their measure a place on the November 2002 ballot.
Minimum wage initiative headed
for November ballot
Oregon's lowest-paid workers moved closer to a long-overdue pay raise July 5 when the chief petitioners for the Oregon AFL-CIO-endorsed initiative to raise the state's minimum wage turned in 91,098 signatures to the secretary of state.÷
Critics find massive forgery
and fraud on Sizemore's I-18
The Voter Education Project has found rampant forgery and fraud on petition sheets turned in to the secretary of state for the latest version of an anti-union measure that Bill Sizemore has been pushing on Oregon voters.
Labor's own voice for the little
guy plays defense at the State Capitol
Fiery and flamboyant, labor legislator Tony Corcoran is a thorn in the toe of anti-labor conservatives in Salem.
Four years after unionizing, Bi-Mart
workers decertify without a contract
On June 12, a management-aided "dump the union" campaign produced a 49-31 vote to get rid of the union.
More news articles
NLRB orders new election at Corvallis Good Samaritan
Unions denounce 'bizarre' lockout at Longview Aluminum
Laborers Local 483 elects new officers
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