Monthly Archives: May, 2013

2,300 workers at Precision Castparts vote June 7 on unionization

PCC is waging a by-the-book anti-union campaign against the Machinists

Oregon University System prevailing wage bill passes Senate, 27-2

No more end-runs around prevailing wage at state universities

University of Oregon at $320,000 (and counting) in talks with union

An outside law firm employing the former UO president heads up the administration’s bargaining team

IBEW Local 48’s Joe Esmonde nominated to TriMet board

The TriMet board has been without a labor voice since mid-2012

SEIU 49 secures first contract for 450 private security officers

Contract delivers raises and better benefits at Securitas, ABM, G4S, and AlliedBarton

Lansing tapped to international Bakers Union executive board

Lansing, 62, is the first from Local 114 to serve the union’s national Executive Board

Guide Dogs the big winner at Machinists salmon derby

Warm weather scared away the fish, but fisherfolk donated $10,000 to the cause.

Union letter carriers, electricians will march in Starlight Parade

The event draws more than 250,000 spectators to downtown Portland

Kinder Morgan scraps plans for coal export plant at Port Westward

The turning point was PGE's rejection, citing potential coal dust impact on its natural gas plants

AFL-CIO will look at changes to labor councils

With a structure set in 1955, many state and local labor councils face problems

More signatures needed on petition to save Post Office

Leading the petition is U.S. Rep. Peter DeFazio in conjunction with a bill to save the Post Office

Second foreign grain handler locks out longshoremen

Columbia Grain joins United Grain in locking out members of ILWU

Union bowlers raise cash for muscular dystrophy

Since the event's inception in 1989, union members have donated $351,000 to MDA

City Attorney seeks to keep Portland’s $11-an-hour park rangers from joining union

All 15 rangers have signed union cards, but City says they don't belong

OSEA seeks union recognition for 300 Head Start workers

A multi-union effort backed by the AFL-CIO helped garner majority support

TriMet: Labor Press can observe bargaining, but bloggers out

Local 757 president adds former rival Heintzman to bargaining team in show of unity

City park rangers tell Mayor Hales they want a union

City of Portland park rangers make $11 an hour, with no benefits and layoffs after nine months.

Unions ask Congress to let distressed pensions trim retiree benefits

10 million workers are covered by multiemployer pensions, but at least half are in serious trouble

2013 shaping up to be an active legislative session for Oregon labor

Lawmakers pass a bill barring public sector union-busting.

Jeff Klatke elected president of Oregon AFSCME

He succeeds Gary Gillespie, who did not seek re-election.

Kaiser Permenente dental hygienists protest

More protests are planned over a plan to eliminate periodontal hygienists.

Sizemore files bankruptcy to skirt paying unions

The longtime union foe faces millions in damages as a repeat violator of ballot initiative laws