Labor headlines from the July 6, 2001, edition of the Northwest Labor Press

City employees go on 'Porkland' tour

With no end in sight to contract negotiations with the City of Portland, the seven unions that make up the 1,800-member District Council of Trade Unions are organizing themselves and turning up the heat on the city by publicly criticizing the city's spending priorities.

Legislature passes bill to extend unemployment insurance benefits

The Oregon Legislator unanimously passed a bill that will provide extended unemployment insurance benefits for dislocated workers enrolled in retraining programs.

CWA inks first union contract at AT&T Broadband

Workers at AT&T Broadband in Beaverton ratified their first union contract June 26, nine months after the company was ordered by an arbitrator to recognize them as members of Communication Workers of America Local 7901.

Union leaders file several draft initiatives for 2002 election ballot

Draft initiatives to establish a prescription drug cost reduction program for consumers and health care plans; to prohibit the use of state funds to promote or oppose union organizing; and to require petitioners of initiatives to collect more signatures before receiving a ballot title have been filed with the secretary of state.

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