Monthly Archives: December, 2013

Oregon AFL-CIO takes more political action for ‘14

State labor federation says vote "yes" on drivers card law

Wyden labor liaison Smith Warner headed to Oregon Legislature

Smith Warner was well known in labor circles prior to joining Sen. Wyden’s staff in March 2009.

Machinists to vote on second Boeing offer

The Puget Sound Machinists District is urging members to reject the concessionary offer

Judge strikes down SeaTac’s $15 minimum wage — for airport workers

The ballot measure still goes into effect for hotel workers

IBEW Local 48’s Keith Edwards retires after 44-year career

Edwards, 64, was IBEW's first black business manager

National Labor College in Silver Spring, Md., will close in April

Construction debt burdened the school, to which the AFL-CIO has been contributing $5 million a year

Oregon AFL-CIO hires Nafisah Ula to bolster union organizing

The campaign researcher comes to the state federation from the national AFL-CIO

Working America signing up workers for health insurance

Enrollees also become members of Working America.

Operating Engineers rejoin Building Trades Department

Eight years after leaving, Engineers back in AFL-CIO Building Trades Department

The year 2013 in Labor

For local labor, it was a year of legislative gains, and contract frustrations

Sick leave ordinance will take effect in City of Portland Jan. 1

Backers plan to push for statewide legislation in 2015.

New round of contract talks at Boeing collapse

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee criticized union leaders, saying Boeing’s offer should be put to a vote.

IBEW Local 48 volunteers help light up The Grotto Festival of Lights

A holiday tradition for some members of IBEW Local 48 is volunteering to help wire and power all of the lights — 500,000 of them...

Unions host holiday party for kids of out-of-work members

Kids got toys, stockings, lunch, and a visit with Santa

Sheet Metal rep to head building trades council

Willy Myers succeeds Jodi Guetzloe Parker, who resigned mid-term.

TriMet, ATU may join together to fight health cost burden

Portland Commissioner Steve Novick wants to bring both sides together to focus on better health

$15 SeaTac minimum wage challenged in court

Judge will rule by Jan. 1, when the law is to take effect

Runoff for top office at Elevator Constructors 23

Business Rep Mike Bodendorfer is retiring

Supreme Court drops case over whether union neutrality is illegal

Employer neutrality toward unions could be considered illegal in Florida, Georgia, and Alabama

Seven protesters arrested at Springfield postal facility

The mail processing plant is slated for closure

U.S. Supreme Court hears challenge to union neutrality agreements

Several justices grill a lawyer from an anti-union group