Monthly Archives: October, 2014

Portland park rangers win raises in long-sought first contract

It took 18 months, but park rangers are now part of the coalition of City unions

AFSCME Local 88 closing in on agreement with Multnomah County

The County rebuffs catch-up-to-inflation proposals, but drops a demand for health benefits change

Support workers strike at for-profit hospital in Springfield

SEIU Local 49 accuses McKenzie-Willamette of further labor law violations

CWA Local 7901’s longtime president Madelyn Elder leaving office

She'll be succeeded by former AT&T employee Jeanette Turner

Grievance settled: AFSCME members will write parking tickets in Portland Parks

Rangers, represented by Laborers Local 483, agree they shouldn't do parking enforcement

ATU and TriMet ratify new labor contract

Terms include 3% raises, and concessions on health care

Knocking on Doors with Working America

AFL-CIO's electoral ground game in Oregon relies on the patient legwork of door-to-door discussions

Federal judge orders employer to hire seven union painters

Edwards Painting violated federal labor law 18 separate ways.

Worker advocate Kyle Allen runs for Hillsboro City Council

The Working America field operations director is a graduate of the Oregon Labor Candidate School

A labor union look at the ballot in Washington

WSLC wants a pro-worker majority to retake the state senate

SW Washington Labor Council backs Clark County charter change

Amendment would add two members to County Commission, cut its pay, and allow initiatives

UNITE HERE victory at airport

A group of concessions workers at the Portland airport will now be union members

Good jobs don’t just appear. It’s time to stop blaming the unemployed

Speaker John Boehner showed how out of touch he is with comments on unemployment

Southwest Washington students get taste of construction careers

About 1,200 high school students took part in the construction job fair

Fund schools, not tests: Portland teachers sponsor family fun in Pioneer Square

Teachers unions are throwing a party with free pumpkins, face-painting … and standardized tests. 

To break into Portland’s residential market, electricians union offers incentives

Plus5PDX warranties union electrical work for an additional five years

ATU reaches tentative contract with TriMet

Details won't be released until late October, after members have had a chance to vote on it.

Lobbyist Mary Botkin to leave Oregon AFSCME after 31 years

Botkin plans to begin a practice as a contract lobbyist in Salem.

At an upscale Pearl District apartment project, a union blows the whistle on wage theft

General contractor Lorentz Bruun pays $85,000 to settle DOL case against woman-owned paint subcontractor

At Oregon AFL-CIO, political activity kicks into high gear

Ballots will be mailed out Oct. 15 and are due back Nov. 4.

Labor stalwarts recognized by SW Washington Labor Roundtable

IBEW Local 48 is honored as "union of the year"

Shipyard workers picket smoking ban

Shipyard workers at six Vigor worksites protest imposition of smoking ban without consulting union