January 7, 2011 Volume 112 Number 1
and Woodworkers consolidate
1, Machinists District Lodge 24 and Woodworkers District Lodge W1
merged, creating a new organizatin, 6,000-member International Association
of Machinists District W24.
health care law starts to affect union health trusts
The Patient Protection
and Affordable Health Care Act, signed into law March 23, 2010, is
starting to affect union members' health insurance plans. Children
will be able to stay on their parents’ health plans until they
turn 26; and plans won’t be allowed to impose lifetime dollar
limits on claims for essential services.
applauds Clackamas County for funding Sellwood Bridge project
The Clackamas County
Board of Commissioners, defying recall threats from anti-tax residents,
voted Dec. 9 to increase vehicle registration fees by $5 to pay for
its share of the cost of replacing the crumbling Sellwood Bridge.
Construction is set to begin in July 2012, with a new bridge opening
State Labor Council leaders pass the baton
Rick Bender and
Al Link have fought for Washington workers for 16 years — at
the head of the Washington State Labor Council (WSLC). On Jan. 5,
they passed the mantle to Jeff Johnson and Lynne Dodson.
IN REVIEW: A look back at some top local labor stories of
At the Northwest
Labor Press, the beginning of a new year is a chance to look back
on the old one: to summarize the year’s most important labor
news and tie up loose ends on stories we reported in 2010.