Monthly Archives: December, 2012

2012 in review: A labor lookback

From Chicago teachers to a lame duck right-to-work bill, 2012 had successes and setbacks for labor

Lame duck season

If Michigan can become a right-to-work state, every state is in jeopardy.

Labor to Congress: Don’t fall for ‘fiscal bluff’

Sometimes a bad deal is worse than no deal.

Portland to discuss paid sick leave proposal in January

With flu season in full swing, the issue couldn't be timelier.

Oregon State Capitol becomes Niketown for a day

Building trades and the Oregon AFL-CIO support the tax method freeze for big companies.

Mayor-elect Hales to grocers: ‘No one wins in a race to the bottom’

Hales spoke to union grocery workers before a scheduled round of bargaining.

Unions make ‘season of giving’ last year-round

Union members volunteer labor and raise money for outide charities and union-run aid efforts.

Union members, contractor, help rescue damaged statue at The Grotto

Vandals knocked Mary from its pedestal and removed her head.

Labor’s ‘Presents from Partners’ brightens the holidays for hundreds of children, families

The annual holiday party for children of out-of-work union members was Dec. 15.

Oregon Supreme Court ruling expands union grievance rights

Workers can’t be denied union grievance rights just because they’re pursuing outside legal action.

Hunger for justice

Hunger strikers demand GM take responsibility for injured workers in Colombia.

Lock-down at Constructing Hope

Donors paid to bail out "prisoners" in a fundraiser for the pre-apprenticeship program.

AFSCME, labor council back water district recall

Clackamas River Water District has become so dysfunctional,workers say board must go.

Avakian thanks unionists for campaign help

Union support helped the incumbent Labor Commissioner win re-election.

The day the Twinkie died

Hostess Brands goes out blaming unions for its demise

Walmart ‘Black Friday’ protests coast-to-coast

The world’s largest retailer saw protests of its low wages and benefits.

Union label: The ultimate hard-to-find gift

Ten gift ideas for goods and services brought to you by local union members.

ATU talks at TriMet off to a bumpy start

The two sides tangle over whether the public may sit in on bargaining.

Governor nominates Oregon unionists to key posts

Ken Allen, Michael Rose, Felisa Hagins and Ben Stange go before Senate for approval.

Holiday postal customers greeted with ‘No closures, no cuts’ message

Postal elves plastered Portland's main post office with protest signs Nov. 30.