19, 2005 Volume
106 Number 16
workers at Qwest Communications ready to strike in 13 states
About 22,000 Qwest Communications workers across 13 states —
including Oregon and Washington — were ready to go on strike
as of press time, though no strike date had been set. Despite the
fact that CWA members went on strike in 1998 to get an eight-hour-a-week
limit on mandatory overtime, Qwest, has proposed a 16-hour-a-week
gives mixed review to Oregon Legislature
Legislature has just one regular session every two years, and this time it suffered from a kind of gridlock, with Democrats in control of the Oregon Senate and Republicans running the Oregon House of Representatives.
AFL-CIO considers restructuring in wake of breakup
Faced with a
39 percent budget cut due to last month’s disaffiliation by
the Service Employees International Union and the United Food and
Commercial Workers, the Oregon AFL-CIO General Board met Aug. 5
to find ways to restructure the labor federation.
charges Legacy misplaced priorities
About 400 workers
at Legacy Emanuel Hospital in North Portland may go on strike if
management doesn’t soon reach agreement with their union.
Certified nurse assistants, housekeepers, nutritionists and emergency
room technicians at Legacy Emanuel belong to Service Employees (SEIU)
Local 49. Their contract with Legacy Health Systems expired July
30 without further extension, and on Aug. 5 management escalated
the conflict by halting union dues collection.
woos workers at new Cingular call center
a limited time, about 435 workers at a Cingular Wireless call center
in Portland have what most working people lack — a no-fuss
way to unionize.
#9 re-elects Richardson to leadership post
was re-elected by acclamation to a third term as financial secretary-treasurer
of Portland-based UNITE-HERE Local 9. The union represents approximately
1,000 hotel employees and restaurant employees in Oregon.
regular column by Oregon AFL-CIO President Tim Nesbitt
19, 2005: Living within our means can trump living mean
one denies that Governor Ted Kulongoski was dealt a tough hand when
he took office almost three years ago. But how the governor played
that hand is a matter on which there is great disagreement.
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