16, 2005 Volume
106 Number 18
Machinists strike Boeing in three states
Machinists who assemble commercial airplanes and some key components
at Boeing plants in Washington, Oregon and Kansas walked off the
job Sept. 2 after voting by an 86 percent margin to reject the company's
final offer. Approximately 850 workers are members of Portland-based
Machinists Lodge 63 employed at the Boeing plant at 19000 NE Sandy
Blvd., Gresham. Key issues in the strike include Boeing’s
failure to adequately increase pension formulas and higher health
Machinists President Tom Buffenbarger made an unexpected Labor Day
visit to the picket line in Gresham.]
mobilizes 1,000 Katrina volunteers
With tens of thousands of Gulf Coast unionists and their families
homeless, jobless and in need of aid in the wake of Hurricane Katrina's
devastation, the national AFL-CIO is mobilizing at least 1,000 volunteers
to Red Cross relief sites.
hospital CEO offers workers 25 cent raises; Workers strike
without a contract since July 31, several hundred of Legacy Emanuel
hospital's lowest-paid workers put on the purple T-shirts of their
union, the Service Employees International Union, and went on strike
Aug. 31 for 24 hours. Legacy says it won’t give them more
than 2.5 percent annual increases, though last year it gave its
chief executive officer, Robert J. Pallari, a 58 percent raise.
America hits 1 million-member mark
the AFL-CIO-created organization for workers without a union, announced
Aug. 31 that it has grown to one million members. That figure includes
16,000 who have signed up in Oregon since Working America opened
a local office this March.
scrambles to avoid budget axe
As the dust
settles from this year’s legislative budget battles, staff
at one program important to organized labor are alarmed by the size
of the expected budget cut. The Labor Education and Research Center
of the University of Oregon helps Oregon unions with research and
sign contracts at four locations
were ratified at Franz Bakery in Portland, Williams Bakery in Eugene,
Kroger's Clackamas Bakery and Bimbo Bakeries/Oroweat in Beaverton.
The union represents approximately 650 employees at the four plants.
ratify new three-year deal at Cascade General Ship Repair
a new three-year contract at Cascade General Ship Repair last month
by a 2-to-1 margin. Eleven union locals representing approximately
340 workers negotiate under the umbrella of the Metal Trades Council
of Portland and Vicinity. The previous contract expired June 30.
7901 adds Portland call center workers
part of a national wave of unionizing at Cingular Wireless, 444
call center employees will soon have the protection of a national
bargained by Communications Workers of America (CWA).
regular column by Oregon AFL-CIO President Tim Nesbitt
lessons from the storm
Tragically, it took a raging storm to tear away the psychological
blinders that have kept so many Americans from confronting the contradictions
of a “robust” economy that can’t deliver good
jobs for a majority of its working families.
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