Monthly Archives: April, 2011

Machinists reel in cash for Guide Dogs

The inaugural Salmon Fishing Derby sponsored by Machinists District W24 raised $11,500 for Guide Dogs of America.

Judge rules against Sizemore in suit over calling him a racketeer

A circuit court judge has ruled against anti-union ballot measure sponsor Bill Sizemore in his lawsuit against people who called him a "racketeer."

OR-OSHA ergonomics consultants can help prevent injuries

The Labor Press asked Oregon OSHA staff to identify some of the most common ergonomic hazards they find.

Work-related fatalities drop in Oregon, spike in Washington

In 2010, 17 Oregon workers and 86 Washington workers were killed on the job according to state agencies.

The most dangerous jobs in America

Fishers, loggers, and airplane pilots have the most dangerous jobs, while construction and transportation and warehousing had the most deaths overall.

Labor scrambles to find ways to lessen state budget cuts

Oregonians would rather see some taxes increased than watch wholesale cuts to education, public safety and social services. But Republicans are calling for further tax cuts.

US Bank gets use of state funds, but nicks unemployed with fees

US Bancorp has a contract with Oregon to make unemployment and child support available through ATMs.

Pacific Northwest ‘We Are One’ rallies draw thousands

Attacks on public employee collective bargaining drew protests in more than 1,000 cities April 2-8.

Dosha salon employees vote to join CWA 7901

Dosha Salon became the first local business of its kind to unionize March 30.

´╗┐Congressman Wu says he’ll oppose Korea FTA

A teary-eyed U.S. Rep. David Wu thanked labor for standing with him, and announced his opposition to the Korean Free Trade Agreement.

GOP mounting attacks on unions nationwide

Statehouse Republicans are pushing bills to eliminate collective bargaining rights, end the prevailing wage and project labor agreements, and get rid of seniority protections.

Richards elected to third term as head of OPEIU Local 11

Mike Richards was re-elected by acclamation to a third term as head of Office and Professional Employees Local 11.

Oregon AFSCME recommits to message of solidarity

At Oregon AFSCME's convention, delegates approved a new media fund and a strengthened political fund.

Unions raise $15,995 for MDA

Union members collected $15,995 for the Muscular Dystrophy Association at the 22nd annual Labor Bowl Challenge.

Oregon Legislature passes unemployment extension

Two bills signed March 24 will extend unemployment benefits to Oregonians still looking for work.

Columbian newspaper boycott presses forward

A month-old union boycott of the Columbian newspaper called has gotten the attention of publisher Scott Campbell.

Buy America policy boosts manufacturing

Union ironworkers and electricians at United Streetcar in Clackamas were in the spotlight March 21 as U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood stopped by.