Monthly Archives: November, 2011

MetroWest fires another pro-Teamster worker

Washington County's ambulance contractor is accused of breaking the law to fight unionization.

100 years later, forgotten Chehalis ‘Girls’ are honored

A new monument marks the grave of eight Chehalis girls killed in a 1911 fire at Imperial Powder.

Shop for union-made goods this holiday season

Supporting union-made products helps keep good jobs in the community.

Going through the motions in bargaining

Bus contractor First Student is accused of playing games in bargaining with OSEA at South Umpqua.

Crown Cork & Seal shuts Portland can plant

The St. Johns facility was the last Oregon manufacturer of cans.

Lee Hunsaker, former Machinists rep, 1923-2011

Lee Hunsaker, a former business representative and 69-year member of the Machinists Union, died Nov. 11 of age-related causes. He was 88. Lee G. Hunsaker...

Len Phillips, Sheet Metal 16 business manager, retires

Local 16 business agent John Candioto was appointed to complete Phillips' term.

Oregon home care workers protest wage and benefit cuts

Oregon is cutting hours and proposing health care cuts for $10.20 an hour home care workers.

Occupy moves to banks and bridges

A Nov. 17 nationwide day of action marked two months since Occupy Wall Street began.

Laborers get an audience with City authorities

Laborers Local 483 went before Portland City Council Nov. 16 … and got about the usual response.

Labor Council hosts first mayoral debate

Northwest Oregon Labor Council, AFL-CIO, hosted the first joint appearance of the 2012 Portland mayor campaign.

Longview’s IBEW Local 970 merges into IBEW 48

The merger brings IBEW Local 48 to around 3,800 members.

CWA 7901’s Elder to co-chair broadband access group

Internet Innovation Alliance promotes broadband access throughout the state.

AFSCME backs embattled Oregon City commissioner

The union that represents Oregon City public employees is backing Jim Nicita as he faces a recall effort.

‘Robin Hood Tax’ on Wall Street would generate $350 billion

Rep. Peter DeFazio and Sen. Tom Harkin introduce a bill Nov. 3 to tax Wall Street trading activity.

Union money will go into school retrofits in Oregon

‘Cool Schools’ project gets $15 million boost from union funds.

November 2011: Labor assesses election results

Washington said “yes” to Costco, “no” to Tim Eyman; Ohio restored collective bargaining rights.

Activists strive to keep focus on Occupy message

“Sustaining this movement should be important to every progressive” — Jessica Giannettino, Oregon AFL-CIO field organizer

Occupy Wall Street: Let’s not waste this moment

Our best chance for change in America is ensuring that the 99% movement survives and evolves.

Bus drivers at Portland Public Schools ratify deal at First Student

PPS drivers win temporary labor peace, but struggles continue at other units of First Student.

Postal worker rallies continue

Portland-area letter carriers rallied the week of Nov. 7 against layoffs and cutbacks.

Last call at the Guild Public House

The short-lived, briefly-union bar closed its doors Oct. 29.