Labor headlines from the August 3, 2001, edition of the Northwest Labor Press

Workplace drug testing policies nabbing non-users

Union officials and others say hundreds of workers who aren't drug users are being victimized by workplace drug testing policies.

Mandatory drug testing for workers dates back to 1980s

The government first ordered drug testing in the military, then extended the requirement to ever-greater numbers of workers.

Electrician eyeing run for labor post

Dan Gardner, a member of Electrical Workers Local 48 and a three-term state representative from southeast Portland, is seriously considering running for Oregon labor commissioner in 2002.

State workers to vote on contract

Nearly 300 member leaders voted unanimously July 14 to recommend rejection of the state's last and final offer and to authorize a strike.

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