Monthly Archives: July, 2014

Dan Sass ends long career at Machinists Lodge W24

Starting at Lodge 1432 in 1971, Sass rose to become secretary-treasurer of the Oregon Machinists

Longtime AFSCME rep Rick Henson retires

Henson started as a Carpenter, became head of SEIU Local 49, and returned to serve AFSCME

SEIU 503 political director Arthur Towers departs after decades of service to labor

Towers helped empower home care workers, raise corporate taxes, and save public services from cuts.

IBEW attorney Norm Malbin rests his case

Malbin policed an industry, trained hundreds in labor law, and helped members with legal problems

Lee Duncan retirement sidelines motorcycle poker run for kids

Co-founder Lee Duncan retires from Unions4Kids, and his job at IBEW Local 48

Building trades lobby in support of ConnectOregon V

Building trades union members turn out to counter environmental opponents of coal and oil projects

Union pension funds finance new Portland office building

The nine-story Pearl West project will be LEED Silver rated.

A quest to find Union Beer

It’s not easy to ID union-made beer. There’s no union label, and little accurate, up-to-date info.

Musicians Union hall goes solar

The union hall benefits from a new Oregon pilot program of feed-in tariffs

Unions join renewed push for immigration reform

AFL-CIO calls on Obama to take executive action to allow millions to work legally

Ben Franklin would be rolling in his grave

The union boycott of Staples is growing, in protest of postal privatization.

Basic Rights Oregon unionizes with AFSCME

The gay civil rights group voluntarily recognizes a union for its 15 employees

New contract for AFSCME members at Metro

If ratified, 300+ workers will get 2.82% raises, and pay an extra 2% of health insurance premiums

West Coast ports remain open as ILWU continues negotiations for new deal

Key concerns include saving jobs in the era of robotics, and the Obamacare "Cadillac" tax

Supreme Court decision in Harris v Quinn creates “right-to-work” situation for home care workers

Noel Canning, a separate decision, will create bureaucratic headache for the NLRB.

Contract expires for 570 support workers at Legacy Emanuel Hospital

SEIU Local 49 says raises of 1.5 percent are not enough

Supreme Court decision is the latest to shift toward corporate power

Harris v Quinn won’t stop union movement from evolving to meet the needs of 21st Century workers

Ralph Rigdon, 1928-2014

The longtime UAW member was active in union and Democratic politics

Oregon Letter Carriers collect more than 1.3 million pounds of food

Hundreds volunteer at the annual Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive

Raise a cup to Solidarity: New beer will take its name from a local union

A Bend, Oregon, brewer wants to show appreciation for Insulators Local 36

Staples boycott grows

Unions boycott Staples after it contracts with USPS to staff mini-post offices in stores.