July 2, 2004  Volume 105 Number 13

Portland Head Start fights union
In a June 2 election, workers at Early Head Start Family Center of Portland defied months of management anti-union campaigning by voting more than 2-to-1 to unionize.

[Left: Early Head Start workers celebrate their union victory June 2.]

Ready to strike at Freightliner
Nearly 1,100 workers at Portland’s largest manufacturer, Freightliner, were preparing to strike July 1 after strongly rejecting the truck maker’s mediated contract offer June 25.

Court overturns FCC plan to deregulate mass media
The decision is issued June 24 — the same day two Federal Communications commissioners are in Portland for a town hall meeting to discuss consolidation.
Capital Consultants salesman found guilty of illegal gratuities
A top salesman for defunct Capital Consultants Inc. (CCI) was found guilty June 16 on 26 felony counts of giving gratuities to pension fund trustees, wire fraud and obstruction of justice. Two union pension trustees on trial in the same court were found not guilty of accepting gratuities.

IBEW Local 48 elects Mitchell as business manager
Barry Mitchell defeated incumbent Grant Zadow of Portland-based Electrical Workers Local 48 for the post of business manager/financial secretary.

Labor leaders ask Bush to expedite Columbia River funds
Leaders from 33 Oregon, Washington and Idaho labor unions and organizations released a letter to President George Bush June 16 urging him to take immediate action to ensure that Congress can appropriate $15 million this year to get the Columbia River Channel Improvement Project under way.


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