Labor headlines from the October 3, 1997, edition of the Northwest Labor Press
AFL-CIO ready to unfurl tax fairness
initiative for '98 ballot
- It wasn't a political convention, but delegates to the 1997 Oregon AFL-CIO gathering in Seaside, stepped up to the plate to begin getting ready to promote tax reform in Oregon.
AFL-CIO convention delegates show
solidarity with striking Kaiser workers
- Striking workers at the Kaiser Permanente health maintenance organization in Oregon and southwest Washington received a big boost from delegates attending the 1997 Oregon AFL-CIO convention. Delegates unanimously endorsed a resolution calling on labor to "strongly reconsider its commitment to Kaiser Permanente during the next open enrollment period unless Kaiser brings the contract dispute to a quick and favorable resolution."
AFL-CIO says Nucor should make commitments
before getting tax breaks
- The Oregon AFL-CIO is asking state and county officials to require a notoriously anti-union steel company to sign a "good corporate citizen" pledge in order for it to qualify for property tax waivers, income tax cuts and other incentives -- by far the most generous in Oregon history, when measured in relation to the number of jobs it will create.
Delegates to the state labor federation convention passed a resolution agreeing with that request.
LERC celebrates 20 years at the University
- The Labor Education and Research Center (LERC) at the University of Oregon celebrates its 20th anniversary this month.
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