Monthly Archives: August, 2012

Huts for the homeless, and handcuffs to hardhats

Oregon unions will train state prison inmates, and build shelters for homeless.

Dosha union effort comes to an end

A five-store local chain of Aveda-branded salons is nonunion once again.

Restore an economy that works for the middle class

A message to labor from U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.)

This Labor Day, remember: Work connects us all

People who work for a living are all on the same side.

Jobs with Justice merges with American Rights at Work

With the failure of the Employee Free Choice Act, American Rights at Work needed new direction.

Portland Jobs with Justice leader Margaret Butler stepping down

Her replacement is Karly Edwards, a longtime UNITE HERE organizer.

Senator Wyden gets an earful at TPP town hall

Up to 200 turned out on a work day at a listening session about a secret Pacific Rim trade deal.

Danner Boots made by UFCW members

A Portland factory makes work, outdoor, and military boots.

Union workers stand in Philadelphia, and hear from Obama

40,000 rally, prior to the party conventions, to call for a second Bill of Rights.

Labor-backed candidates in Washington advance from primary

Jay Inslee, a former Democratic congressman, was the top vote-getter for governor.

Twenty-one myths about unions

Labor educator Bill Fletcher Jr talks about his new book.

ATU seeks to overturn TriMet’s win in contract arbitration

Though an arbitrator sided with TriMet, the union says some contract provisions are illegal.

Major union win: 500 Portland security officers join SEIU

Securitas, ABM, G4S, and AlliedBarton agreed in July to recognize and bargain with SEIU Local 49.

Judge’s ruling contradicts TriMet win at arbitration

TriMet workers will get about $3,000 each under a judge’s order.

Walmart planned for Oak Grove draws protest

Protesters say Walmart represents a threat to union grocery workers, among others.

NW Oregon Labor Council endorses Lehan for Clackamas County chair

She’s up against Tea Party candidate John Ludlow to head Oregon's third-largest county.

Kalama grain terminal expansion will employ some union labor

Union officials say JH Kelly will do 85 percent of the work on a $50 million grain silo expansion.

Unions launch global boycott of Hyatt

Hyatt turned heatlamps on Chicago picketers and fired unionized Boston housekeepers en masse.

Dosha Salon Spa workers will vote whether to remain union

After a year-plus of labor violations and no contract, a decert election is set for Aug. 21-22.

SEIU pickets St. Charles Hospital in Bend

After 18 months and no contract for 600 hospital workers, some are pushing to dump the union.

Oregon AFL-CIO takes sides in November 2012 election

Oregon AFL-CIO backs dozens of candidates and an end to corporate kicker, opposes estate tax ban.