Labor headlines from the May 2, 1997, edition of the Northwest Labor Press

OPEIU Local 11 secures seven-year, no-layoff deal at NW Natural Gas
In this age of mergers, utility deregulation and downsizing, Portland-based Office and Professional Employees Local 11 has been able to guarantee a no-layoff provision in its last three contracts for nearly 1,000 employees at Northwest Natural Gas.

UFCW Local 555 wraps Portland area meat and grocery contracts early

Some 4,500 Portland area grocery, deli and bakery clerks and meatcutters represented by United Food and Commercial Workers Local 555 ratified new three-year collective bargaining agreements last month by a majority of 95 percent.

Huge Labor/management alliance introduced at Kaiser Permanente

A proposed labor-management partnership that could reshape health maintenance organization patient care standards and workplace environments has been proposed by the national AFL-CIO and Kaiser Permanente.

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