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Update on the Parry Center Strike, Day 11

As most of you know, the Parry Center for Children has been on strike since November 29.

Things are going as one would expect: lots of hours on the picket line and very little movement on the managment's part. Despite union-related support from the head of DHS, the AFL-CIO, multiple unions, the County Commissioners, and the Governor, Trillium continues to be obstinate. One might wonder why they are biting the hand that feeds them (the Commissioners will have more control of funding for places like Parry come January); the union has no answer for this. The only thing we know for sure is that they've spent more money on busting the union than it would have cost to give us our wage increases ... this is according to the UNION'S figures, not the CEO's grossly bloated $1.1m estimate.

Community support has been tremendous. We've received a couple of thousand dollars in donations, mostly from other locals and unions, which we are going to put towards paying for our workers' COBRA (public health insurance) payments. We've also received lots of Fred Meyer gift cards, hand warmers, plastic ponchos, and canned food. People have been randomly coming up and marching with us on the line. The community/union/activist support is wonderful, and we're extremely grateful for all their efforts!

Kids' Fesival of Lights For Rights

  • WHAT: International Human Rights Day
  • WHEN: Friday, Dec. 10th 5-6:30 p.m.
  • WHERE: 3415 SE Powell Blvd.
The workers at the Parry Center for Children have been on strike since Monday, Nov. 29. Parry Center workers provide 24-hour residential care to some of Oregon's most troubled children. We're fighting for worker rights, and for better quality of care for the children we serve and care about. We're taking a stand and working hard to improve our community. Come join them in support on Friday, Dec. 10 from 5-6:30 p.m. at the Kids' Festival of Lights for Rights, in honor of International Human Rights Day.

previous stories: [ Community support is needed on the Parry Center picket line! I Parry Center Strike I Call Kim Scott and Demand Binding Arbitration to End This Strike I Call for Support for Parry Center Strike, Pics, and Report on Parry Center Rally I Parry Center, the striker's demands I Day 2 of the Parry Center Strike I Pictures from Parry Center Strike and Supporters' Building Occupation I Report from the Parry Center Strike I Breaking News: Group of Concerned Citizens Occupies Parry Center Offices I Portland Social Workers Go On Strike For Children ]

related links: [ SEIU Local 503 I Jobs With justice ]

A Union activist leads chants
A Union activist leads chants