Monthly Archives: February, 2011

SEIU 49 scores Oregon’s biggest private-sector win in decades

Support and maintenance workers at St. Charles Medical Center in Bend voted 267 to 261 to unionize.

Unions call for boycott of Columbian newspaper

Two labor groups are calling for a boycott of The Columbian, the Vancouver daily newspaper.

OSHA pulls rule on reporting ergonomics injuries

OSHA will hold off asking employers to record musculoskeletal disorders like carpal tunnel on a form they already fill out.

New book brings to life MLK’s dreams of economic justice

Labor scholar Michael Honey has published a collection of King’s speeches about economic justice.

Union pension fund invests $22M in Coquille hospital

AFL-CIO Housing Investment Trust is investing $22 million to construct a building adjacent to Coquille Valley Hospital.

AFSCME 189 elects Hussey president

Debbie Hussey, a union steward at Portland’s 911 call center, outpolled fellow state board member Carol Justice.

Book depicts mid-century millworkers at Crown Zellerbach

A new limited edition book tells stories of unionism, strikes, and dangerous working conditions at Crown Zellerbach in West Linn.

Union spy finds kidnap ring in second mystery novel

Union attorney Susan Stoner has published the second in her series of historical mystery novels.

Bill proposes ‘bereavement’ be added to Family Leave Act

A member of Bakers Union Local 114 is behind a bill in the Oregon Legislature.

Single-payer summit draws 400

The Oregon Single Payer Conference drew attendees from around the state.

For Valentine’s Day, choose union- made, and shun sweat-shop goods

Not all Valentine’s Day gifts are created equal. But consumers CAN buy candies made by union workers.

Carpenters dissolve 15 locals, charter four new locals

UBC created four new super-locals of general carpenters, millwrights, pile drivers, and drywall carpenters.

Conciliator has TriMet and ATU talking after threat of strike

Amid threats of a wildcat transit strike, a state conciliator on Jan. 28 made headway.