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Byline: The Register-Guard

LTD, union to try again

to settle labor dispute

Bargaining teams for the Lane Transit District and the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 757 will meet in mediation at 1 p.m. today at the Hilton Eugene to try to resolve issues standing in the way of a new labor agreement.

The greatest obstacle to a new contract continues to be the rapidly increasing cost of health care and the type of health care plan available to unionized workers.

The union wants to maintain the current managed care plan with premiums paid by the transit district. LTD wants to switch workers to a less-expensive plan that includes a deductible for major medical expenses. The district would continue to pay the entire premium and has offered to create a reserve account for each employee to help defray out-of-pocket expenses.

The positions of the transit district and the union on health care and other unsettled issues may be seen on the Internet at www.ltd.org or www.ltdrollback.com. The two sides have been in negotiations since May, with impasse declared in December.

At any time, the transit district could give five days' notice to impose its final offer, and the union could call for a strike with 10 days' notice.

'Counter-Inauguration' events scheduled

Several campus and community groups will mark the second inauguration of President Bush with a day of events that challenge administration policies.

"Unite for Justice and Peace: A Counter-Inauguration Celebration" begins Thursday at noon at the Erb Memorial Union amphitheater on the University of Oregon campus. Speakers will discuss alternatives to the Bush agenda, including talks on tax cuts, threats to civil liberties and sparking change.

Information tables, sign-making and other speakers will be at the EMU, the Federal Building in downtown Eugene and at Cozmic Pizza, 199 W. Eighth Ave., during the day. Topics will include the war on terrorism, corporate accountability, conservation and moral values.

Events will culminate with a march from the EMU to the Federal Building at 4 p.m., followed by a keynote speech by Jim Rassmann of Veterans for Kerry at 5 p.m.

The events are sponsored by Concerned Faculty for Peace and Justice, Graduate Teaching Fellows Federation, UO Students for Change, Justice Not War Coalition, Green Party and Neighborhoods for Peace.
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Title Annotation:General News; METRO
Publication:The Register-Guard (Eugene, OR)
Date:Jan 19, 2005
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