Monthly Archives: September, 2011

Oregon AFL-CIO 52nd Convention

At a time when labor is under attack, delegates put aside differences to declare “We are one”

Congressman Peter DeFazio: A Message to Labor

Unionists hear a call to fight back in 2012 and make Wall Street pay.

Top Dems debate, seeking Oregon AFL-CIO backing

Delegates debate but make no endorsement in Oregon's 1st Congressional District.

SW Washington CLC ends Columbian boycott; endorses city council pols

The newspaper was put on the boycott list in January after complaints of slant against unions and public employees.

Bakers battle prison bread in schools

Prison-made baked goods are being served in Washington schools, displacing union-made goods.

ILWU protests escalate dramatically at EGT in Longview

Members block trains, dump grain, and shut down ports to defend ILWU's right to jobs in Longview.

Workers rights go local: Seattle mandates paid sick leave

Defying the Chamber, a widely popular ordinance will require businesses to offer paid sick leave.

Trumka: ILWU dispute with 701 is jurisdictional

An Oregon AFL-CIO E-Board resolution condemning Operating Engineers Local 701 in a dispute with ILWU at Longview has been nullified by the national AFL-CIO.

Pendleton Woolen Mills launches US-made clothing line

Fabric for the "Portland Collection" is union-made in Oregon and Washington.

Hyatt Hotels workers wage one-week strike in four cities

UNITE HERE is calling for a boycott of Hyatt hotels nationwide.

ATU voices race concerns at TriMet

A report commissioned by the union finds minority employees more likely to be disciplined.

Multnomah County Chair Cogen steps in to settle union contract

The County drops takeback demands, and agrees to flextime, worker-manager ratios and modest raises.

Oregon AFL-CIO gears up for biennial convention

A Sept. 26-28 meeting of the state labor federation will draw some of the state's top political figures.

Backers withdraw anti-union petition

An anti-union ballot initiative was withdrawn by its sponsors. Backers didn’t respond to calls.

Niemi elected president at SEIU 49; major contracts ahead

Meg Niemi — union organizer and longshoreman's stepdaughter — won election at 9,000-member SEIU 49.