Monthly Archives: April, 2015

Uber unleashed

Portland sets up "separate but unequal" system for taxis to compete at a disadvantage with Uber

What the heck is an Uber?

Whatever it is, it's not ridesharing: Uber is the #1 labor broker for a new era of unmarked taxis

Electing labor’s own

Four rank-and-file union members are vying for public office in Oregon's May 2015 ballot


In low-profile races, in a low-turnout election, union voters can really make a difference.

Unions protest anti-union moves by KGW

Parent company Gannett wants to end union jurisdiction.

‘Fighting Machinist’ Sam Beekman is in the battle of his life against ALS

Beekman, a Boeing machinist, will take part in the 3-mile Southwest Washington Walk to Defeat ALS

Wyden trying to pull a fast one on fast track

A fast track bill to pave the way for new NAFTAs passes two Congressional committee

Cowlitz Tribe casino will be union built

The project has been held up in court by challenges from the City of Vancouver and Clark County

Wayne Morse Award goes to IBEW 48’s Joe Esmonde

The award, for integrity and passion, was presented by the Democratic Party of Oregon

Baggage handlers at PDX vote to join Machinists Union

Workers at ABM Onsite Services West cite low wages, lack of training, and job safety

Union deal means fewer patients per nurse at Kaiser Sunnyside

RNs agreed to give up 10-hour shifts in return for the workload caps

The Demolition of Workers’ Compensation

All around the country, state legislatures are whittling away at workers’ comp systems

Washington workers’ comp: Fending off attacks on the system

Republican lawmakers and business interests have pushed to cut benefits to save on premiums

Oregon workers comp: Low premiums, high benefits. How do they do it?

Some of the savings are, literally, on the backs of workers.

On the hunt for cancer at Wah Chang

Thousands of workers may have been exposed to radiation

Minimum wage campaign fills Oregon Capitol hearing rooms

Backers and opponents traded volley after volley at a hearing on raising Oregon’s minimum wage.

Port of Portland passes new ‘social equity’ policy

New airline service contractors will have to hire 80% of their workers from the previous contractor

Avakian urges Congress to nix TPP trade deal

Panel at AFL-CIO-sponsored event says fast track trade deal is a power grab by large corporations

John Mohlis lands Compass Award from Port of Portland

John Mohlis, executive secretary of the Oregon State Building and Construction Trades Council, received the Port of Portland’s 2014 Compass Award April 15 at...

Federal OSHA’s Silica Neverland

Six years after Obama took office, workers are still waiting for protection from deadly dust.

KGW unions to demonstrate in Pioneer Square April 25

In contract bargaining, Gannett is proposing to eliminate union jurisdiction.

Labor Bowl raises over $12,000 for MDA

The annual event raises money to help kids with muscular dystrophy.