2, 2005 Volume
106 Number 17
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.
President Bush greets Chinese President Hu Jintao in Chile last
year; the two meet again Sept. 7 in Washington.]
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.
Qwest avert strike
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.
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
over the company's "last, best and final" offer.
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.
visitors arrive healthy, leave with a cold shoulder
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.
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.
of Oregon workers ratify two-year pact
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.
Commissioner Dan Gardner runs for re-election
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
regular column by Oregon AFL-CIO President Tim Nesbitt
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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