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Northeast Portland Sunday Parkways

This summer the eight-mile bike route takes place on July 23, from 11 a.m - 4 p.m. ...

APANO: Cultural Series Launches with Solidarity Film Screening

"American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs" screens on July 25 at North Portland Library ...

National Hunger Hotline Seeks to Reach More Children in Need

Callers can locate summer meals sites for kids, food pantries, and other meals programs near them ...

ICS Announces New Executive Director

Lisa LeSage has been named the new Executive Director of Immigration Counseling Service ...

U.S. & WORLD NEWS

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Throw the Doors of Opportunity Wide Open for Our Youth

Congressional Black Caucus member Robin Kelly says it’s time to pass the “Today’s American Dream Act.” ...

Trump’s Proposed Budget Cuts Threaten Civil Rights

Charlene Crowell of the Center for Responsible Lending talks about the impact of President Trump’s budget on civil rights...

Nooses on National Mall Echo Domestic Terrorism

Lauren Victoria Burke reports on a series of domestic terrorist attacks across the U.S ...

White House Proposes $9.2 Billion Cut in Education Funding

Charlene Crowell of the Center for Responsible Lending writes about the rising costs of higher education ...

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ENTERTAINMENT

This press release just in from the District Council of Trade Unions in Portland:

Hundreds of city workers including water treatment operators, street pavers, sewer cleaners, and mechanics will converge in downtown Portland's Chapman Square on Wednesday afternoon for a free community concert and solidarity rally to draw attention to their current contract negotiations with the City of Portland.  In support of their contract fight, union members and community supporters will call on City Council to weigh in on negotiations and direct management to bargain in good faith with the District Council of Trade Unions, a coalition of seven unions that operate jointly in bargaining with the City of Portland. 

DCTU members have been working without a contract since July 1.   Negotiations entered mediation on July 30. At issue is decades-old contract language protecting workers from arbitrary outsourcing to for-profit corporations and from unilateral changes in working conditions.

 "Our union contract protects the taxpayers from the kind of cronyism we saw in the parking meter scandal," said Richard Beetle, Business Manager for Laborers Local 483, a DCTU affiliate union. "No one should be profiteering from our public services."

Over 1600 city workers are covered by the DCTU'S collective bargaining agreement, one of the oldest public employee contracts in the state. Although the DCTU and management bargaining teams have been meeting almost weekly since February, little progress has been made on the key issue of job security. 

"We have to stop this race to the bottom in wages and working conditions," said maintenance worker Farrell Richartz. "That's why we're standing strong to protect the contract language that makes certain city work is done by people earning living wages and benefits."

Location: SW 4th and Madison

Event Schedule:                                                                    

3:30 p.m. Free Concert by Randy Starr and the Players          

4:30 p.m. City Worker Rally

5:00 p.m. March to City Hall

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