Workwear for worrisome streets

Workers who maintain City of Portland sewage infrastructure recently received new city-issued workwear: bulletproof vests.

Vancouver school districts cut staff amid $54M deficit

Facing multi-million dollar budget deficits, Vancouver’s two school districts are on track to eliminate 402 positions.

‘¿Justicia para los janitors? Sí señor!’

Union janitors with SEIU Local 49 are protesting a decision at the Brewery Blocks to hire a non-union janitorial firm.

More local unions pass resolutions on Gaza

The latest resolutions call for an end to arming and funding Israel, and for Israel to vacate Gaza and the West Bank.

Biden’s bad dog: a threat to workplace safety

Virginia Foxx — a ferociously anti-union Republican Congresswoman — is investigating workplace safety at the White House.

Union arts employers pinched by rising rents, falling support

Oregon Symphony is paying 50% more for the Schnitzer, and arts tax funds are being diverted to smaller groups.

Mt. Hood faculty win raises

A new four-year contract raises pay 18-21% for about 150 faculty members represented by the MHCC Faculty Association.

Teacher strike averted at Salem-Keizer schools

Salem-Keizer Education Association represents more than 2,600 teachers in Oregon’s second-largest school district.

Tillamook bus drivers get 5-year contract

The five-year contract with Amalgamated Transit Union Local 757 raises starting wages about 22% and adds Juneteenth as a paid holiday.

Raising funds for kids with cancer

A union-sponsored St. Patrick’s Day party will net over $25,000 for Children’s Cancer Association this year once expenses are tallied.

Vancouver firm fined in grisly accident is repeat child labor offender

After a 16-year-old lost both legs in a workplace accident, an investigation found Rotschy has committed dozens of child labor law violations. 

OPB reporters unionize

Oregon Public Broadcasting and KMHD Jazz Radio voluntarily recognized SAG-AFTRA as the union for 65 on-air staff, hosts, and reporters. 

Ethos Music Center to vote on unionizing

Musicians Local 99 seeks to represent 34 teachers and staff at the center, a non-profit children's music school in North Portland.

Potbelly Sandwich spent $100k to fight union

Potbelly hired Optimal Employee Relations of Henderson, Nevada, about a month before workers voted 9-6 to join Restaurant Workers of Portland.

Afuri restaurant union proves short-lived

In a letter sent to the NLRB, the union acknowledged it no longer had the support of a majority of the restaurant’s 18 workers.

Fast rise at Bakers Local 114

Taylor Almond was a newborn on her first visit to the Bakers Local 114 office. On March 22, age 29, she was appointed the local’s top officer. 

Mike Sullivan 1947-2024

Mike Sullivan was a tireless advocate for steel and paper mill workers and a dedicated proponent of universal health care.

Spring-time power building

If every union household turned out for pro-labor candidates in 2024, we would sweep the elections from the top to the bottom of the ballot.

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