Monthly Archives: March, 2011

Elevator Constructors Local 23 elects new business rep

Mike Bodendorfer defeated three others to succeed Frank Regalado as business representative.

High school students get lessons in pipe trades at UA training center

Plumbers and Fitters Local 290 has opened its training center to students from the Tigard-Tualatin School District.

Oregon Legislature one third of the way through

Several bills backed by organized labor are progressing through the legislative process. Others are still at the starting line.

Bills banning collective bargaining are buried

Washington State Labor Council is tracking dozens of bills that could help or harm union members and working people.

Why workers fell out of love with Boeing

In the last 15 years, Boeing downsized, reorganized, merged, digitalized, and outsourced. The result: Employees are disenchanted and less committed to the company.

Portland school teachers ratify new contract

A belt-tightening union contract wasn’t good enough for well-connected critics at a March 7 school board meeting.

Hundreds rally in Salem for jobs and solidarity

Oregon AFL-CIO sponsored a March 7 “Jobs Rally” on the Oregon Capitol steps

The new face of labor? Dosha Salon votes whether to unionize

Dosha Salon and Spa could become the first salon in Portland to go union in recent times.

Wisconsin governor’s union-busting ignites national backlash

The uprising began Feb. 11 when Republican Scott Walker proposed a law to strip public employees of collective bargaining rights.

Danner Boot lays off 90

Most of those let go were members of United Food and Commercial Workers Local 555.

Postal workers, customers testify before Workers’ Rights Board

A Workers’ Rights Board panel recommended the U.S. Postal Service hire more letter carriers and clerks.

Building trades miffed at Metro for bypassing Shiprack

Building trades unions are miffed that the Metro Council didn't appoint Bob Shiprack to a vacant seat in District 6.

Labor leaders attend Obama Intel visit

A dozen plus Oregon labor leaders attended President Barack Obama’s Feb. 18 “winning the future” speech at Intel Corp. in Hillsboro.

Mr. President: Americans can’t afford job-killing trade deals

Outside President Obama's Feb. 18 visit to Intel, activists picketed to remind him of his pledge to halt NAFTA-style trade treaties.

Spirit of Madison at Oregon rallies

At a pair of rallies Feb. 25 and 26 in Portland and Salem, Oregonians showed solidarity with Midwest public workers.

We are all Wisconsin: Nationwide fightback on the rise

A new crop of Republican governors has declared war on unions, provoking the biggest showdown since Reagan fired air traffic controllers in 1981.