Monthly Archives: March, 2012

How PPACA impacts union health benefits

Union health and welfare trusts press to take part in exchanges

Public confusion and partisan divide as Obamacare turns two

Polls show the public doesn't know much about the health care reform law two years after passage.

Bend hospital fires SEIU leaders amid decert campaign

A union vote at St. Charles Medical Center is on hold while the NLRB investigates violations.

Bricklayers Local 1 celebrates old and new members

Congressman Kurt Schrader was a guest at the annual pin awards dinner.

Labor commissioner sides with Fire Fighters in overtime pay dispute

Grants Pass is ordered to include vacation and sick leave when computing firefighters’ overtime.

Fighting fringe agendas

Last month, a few legislators tried to use the short session to advance their fringe agendas.

Daniel Bonham, 1955-2012

Daniel Bonham of Carpenters Local 156 died March 3 after falling in Silver Falls State Park.

DOL launches ‘green jobs guide for women’ at Oregon Tradeswomen

A DOL publication lists types of green jobs that are available, and the skills needed to get them.

Nesbitt discusses labor’s future, at union retirees conference

The union movement has failed, says the former labor leader.

More unions take action in Portland mayor’s race

Eileen Brady has five labor endorsements, Charlie Hales has one, and Jefferson Smith has two.

Oregon AFL-CIO issues endorsements for May primary

The AFL is standing by Mike Schaufler and Bob Jenson; most endorsees have no primary opponents.

Oregon Building Trades Council endorsements

The building trades back Dwight Holton for attorney general and make picks for Oregon Legislature.

Columbia-Pacific Building Trades makes endorsements in local races

The trades back Mary Nolan for Portland City Council and Dave Hunt for Clackamas County Chair.

University of Oregon faculty unionize

The group of 1,900 will be jointly members of AFT and AAUP.

At Vancouver grain terminal, imported labor draws questions from lawmakers

Hundreds of non-local construction workers are brought in to work on the Vancouver waterfront.

At TriMet Lift, Beaverton unit authorizes strike

Workers reject an offer from contractor First Transit in which they’d lose ground over five years.

Oregon Legislature closes 2012 session after small-scale reforms

A month-long session delivers no jobs program, but no big budget cuts either.

Labor council will sit out primary races for Portland mayor and City Council #1

Labor support was divided among frontrunners Eileen Brady, Charlie Hales, and Jefferson Smith.

If you don’t like it, says boss, move to Australia!

A Dyno Nobel manager drops in on a union organizing meeting to see who showed up.

Dosha Salon Spa fires another union supporter

Dosha terminated another union supporter — massage therapist Philip Aust — on Feb. 20.

After 38 years, Kathy Blay retires as secretary for Locals 1236, 740

Blay greeted a generation of members of Floor Coverers Local 1236 and Glass Workers Local 740.

Two Local 16 sheet metal workers chosen as top 12 in United States

Sheet metal detailers do complicated, behind-the-walls building systems.