Monthly Archives: October, 2015

Premiums continue to outpace inflation and workers’ wages

Deductibles triple in 10 years, and family premiums now average $17,545 a year.

’Fighting Machinist’ completes Hood to Coast route … in a wheelchair

ALS doesn’t stop Sam Beekman’s quest for adventure.

Obama signs TPP

The 12-nation pact would favor the rights of investors over workers

Free trade fracas: The presidential politics of TPP

Even Hillary Clinton, who once called TPP "the gold standard" deal, now says she opposes it.

Plumbers to politicians: Which side are you on?

Local 290 won't endorse any politician who votes for the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

Beyond ‘Wages, Benefits and Working Conditions’

In post-war St. Louis, two visionary Teamsters put their union in service of the community.

William James “Billy” McNicholas, 1926- 2015

The longtime Plumbers union officer was an Irish tenor and a WWII-era vet.

Biennial Oregon AFL-CIO convention will draw hundreds of unionists to Seaside

Members of Congress who voted in favor of Fast Track aren’t invited this year.

Why I’m skeptical of the new TPP deal

President Obama: Put your cards on the table and let the people see what you’ve gotten us into.

Gresham-Barlow bus drivers vote out union

OSEA says First Student management interference may have tainted the election.

IATSE bargaining begins at Oregon Shakespeare Festival

After losing an election challenge, OSF gets down to business of bargaining

SW Washington Labor Roundtable recognizes labor stalwarts

The 31st annual awards banquet honors those whose leadership has made a significant impact on organized labor

IBEW’s Gary Young appointed to Port Commission

Young takes the spot held by former ILWU Local 8 president Bruce Holte.

City of Portland worker contract bargaining enters mediation

Bargaining has been moving at a snail’s pace for employees at the City of Portland are finding. Mediation began Sept. 23 between the City and the District Council of Trade Unions, a coalition of eight union locals, but it didn’t go well. Bargaining committee members believe the City may be forcing unions to strike.