September 2, 2005  Volume 106 Number 17

Solidarity with workers in the world's biggest sweatshop
America's union movement wants greater freedom for Chinese workers — or an end to trade with China.

[Left: President Bush greets Chinese President Hu Jintao in Chile last year; the two meet again Sept. 7 in Washington.]

State labor federation gives year-end grades to Oregon legislators
Fifteen legislators had a perfect record of pro-worker votes, while the most anti-worker of 90 was none other than Karen Minnis, Republican Speaker of the House, from Wood Village.

CWA, Qwest avert strike
Communications Workers of America announced a tentative three-year agreement with Qwest Communications Aug. 16 that the union says achieves its major objectives: a fair wage increase, protecting health security for both active employees and retirees, and safeguarding against excessive hours of forced overtime.

Boeing talks come down to wire
More than 18,000 members of the Machinists Union are bracing for a strike at Boeing Co. At press time on Aug. 30, employees were preparing to look
over the company's "last, best and final" offer.

NOLC supports striking Northwest Airline mechanics
Delegates of the Northwest Oregon Labor Council in Portland voted unanimously Aug. 22 to support the 4,400 Northwest Airlines mechanics and cleaners who were forced to strike Aug. 19. But the strike has received mixed reaction from union leaders nationally, due to AMFA’s history of raiding other AFL-CIO unions.

Hospital visitors arrive healthy, leave with a cold shoulder
Two priests, a rabbi and a pair of college professors showed up at Legacy Emanuel Hospital in Portland Aug. 22, but they were refused admittance … to the office of Legacy vice president Stephani White.

Portland janitors hold 28-hour sit-in to protest poverty-level wages
For 28 hours, Portland janitors and their supporters occupied the sidewalk in front of the Columbia Square office building, 111 SW Columbia St., to protest poverty wages that union spokespeople say range as low as $28 a day.

State of Oregon workers ratify two-year pact
Union contracts covering 21,700 state workers were approved via mail-in ballots counted Aug. 19. The contracts cover 3,700 clerical and support workers in the state university system and 18,000 workers in the Oregon Department of Administrative Services (DAS), a unit which includes most state agencies.
Labor Commissioner Dan Gardner runs for re-election
Oregon Labor Commissioner Dan Gardner told delegates attending the 44th convention of the Oregon State Building and Construction Trades Council that he will run for re-election next year. Delegates also heard from Congressman David Wu. And they approved continued spending on politics and passed a resolution supporting changes to the Endangered Species Act.


Think again
A regular column by Oregon AFL-CIO President Tim Nesbitt
The case for ‘Fair share health care’
In the debate between those who want to repair our employment-based health care system and those who want to scrap it for a taxpayer-funded system, a central issue is: "Who pays?"


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