Monthly Archives: December, 2014

Organized Labor — Year 2014 in Review

Union experiments with movement building pay off in fast-food strikes, minimum wage increases

2014: Year of the robot?

They work without pay, and never tire, complain, or unionize: Robots were on the rise in 2014.

Bakers Local 114 re-elects Terry Lansing

Lansing, 63, has served as financial secretary-treasurer since 2005

Chip Elliott elected director of Machinists District W24

Incumbent vice president Bob Petroff loses to challenger Noel Willet of Woodworkers 130

A look back at the year 2014 in Oregon labor

There were some successes, but this year will not be one to live forever in glorious memory.

Business labor coalition delivers $330,000 to eight charities

The gift was from the BULL Session golf tournament and auction

Postmaster General named ‘Scrooge of the Year’ by Jobs with Justice

The group accuses him of dismantling the postal service

Portland extends Do-Not-Buy Walmart policy

Ordinance faults Walmart for labor practices, market dominance and tax avoidance

Presents from Partners

The annual labor-sponsored event brings Christmas to families of the unemployed

Getting books into the hands of kids

At Boise Eliot school, Portland Federation of School Professionals sponsored a book giveaway

Congress passes major change to law on union pensions

Told no bailout would be coming, trustees asked for the right to trim benefits to save the fund

ONA goes public with staffing problems at Springfield hospital

PeaceHealth Riverbend gets more nurse staffing complaints than any other Oregon hospital

Port of Portland will consider a “social equity” policy for airport workers

PDX lags behind other West Coast airports in raising standards for low-wage service workers

Legislative committee assignments improve Oregon labor chances in 2015

Paul Holvey will head House Labor, and Michael Dembrow will chair a new Workforce Committee

OR AFL’s Elana Guiney leaves for governor’s office

She'll replace Duke Shepard, and her position will be filled by Russell Sanders and Graham Trainor

Multnomah County commits to $15 minimum wage for all employees

About 400 temps and on-call workers would also reach $15 in 2016

University of Oregon grad students end strike

GTFF sees some improvement in wages and terms of a new hardship fund

Washington AFL-CIO re-elects leadership

All candidates ran unopposed. The elections are every four years.

Unions aloof as Portland street fund goes to Council vote

Just two local unions have endorsed the plan so far

UFCW Local 555 rejoins Oregon AFL-CIO

Affiliation brings an additional 17,500 members to the state labor federation

Moment of decision for the taxi industry

Encircled by Uber, Portland is preparing a top-to-bottom review of taxi regulations

Delivering literacy to east Multnomah County

Volunteers from OSEA coordinate with First Book to get 40,000 new books in the hands of children