September 3, 2004  Volume 105 Number 17

Oregon workers spared cut in overtime pay — for now
A much-criticized change in overtime pay won’t be coming to Oregon, says Bureau of Labor and Industries Commissioner Dan Gardner.

[Left: Gardner and U.S. Rep. Earl Blumenauer hear from OHSU worker Jaimie Sorenson.]

State of the Unions: a snapshot of organized labor
Labor Day, a 118-year-old union-founded holiday, acknowledges the achievements of American workers: the eight-hour day, Social Security, the minimum wage, employer-paid health care and pension benefits, workers compensation and decent wages. Nearly every one of those historic achievements is under attack.

Politics focus of building trades convention
The high-stakes impact the upcoming presidential election will have on construction workers was a major topic of discussion at the 43rd annual convention of the Oregon State Building and Construction Trades Council Aug. 24-27.
CWA’s Rosenbaum elected president of the National Labor Caucus of State Legislators
Oregon State Representative Diane Rosenbaum is the new president of the National Labor Caucus of State Legislators. Over 450 elected officials from all regions of the country are union members.

Kulongoski seeks waiver from feds to import Rx drugs from Canada
Oregon Governor Ted Kulongoski has sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services requesting a federal waiver to allow Oregon to import prescription drugs from Canada.

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