Labor headlines from the August 1, 1997, edition of the Northwest Labor Press

Washington apple industry organizing drive gets juiced
Hundreds of union members -- led by national AFL-CIO President John Sweeney, Arturo Rodriguez, president of United Farm Workers (UFW), Rick Bender, Washington State Labor Council president, and Tom Leedham, international vice president of the Teamsters -- marched four city blocks from the Convention Center to Memorial Park drumming up support for a campaign to organize the state's 15,000 packinghouse workers and 40,000 orchard workers.

UFCW ready to strike Kaiser

Some 250 imaging technicians at Kaiser Permanente will walk off the job at 6 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 6, if they don't have a new collective bargaining agreement to vote on.

Labor commissioner hints at re-run

Oregon Labor Commissioner Jack Roberts hinted that he will seek re-election to an agency that he spent most of the 1997 legislative session trying to dismantle.

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