Monthly Archives: February, 2016

Laborers Local 483 finalizes deal with City of Portland over Parks & Rec permatemps

By October, 130 more workers at Portland rec centers will have union wages and benefits.

Free trader Kurt Schrader meets local labor about TPP

Schrader says it's foolish for labor to target fast track Democrats.

Oregon minimum wage raise speeding to passage

The bill would raise wages by 2022 to $14.75, $13.50, and $12.50 in different parts of the state.

New business manager at Insulators Local 36

Caudle succeeds Stan Danielson, who retired after 30 years at the helm.

Erica Askin leaves Laborers 483 for SEIU 49

An attorney by training, Askin was the female business manager at Local 483.

Justice Scalia’s death may mean reprieve for public sector unions

The Friedrichs case looked like it was going to be a 5-4 vote.

Jail time for wage thieves?

Will Oregon legislators get tough on wage theft? Not this year. Not really.

Nabisco recruiting strikebreakers before union bargaining begins

Ads seek temporary workers at $28 an hour “for a possible labor dispute.”

Unable to get a first contract, union withdraws from Bodycote

The company bargained with the Machinists for 17 months without getting to basics.

Union campaign crushed at Portland Specialty Baking

In three weeks, union support went from 61 percent to 23 percent. Here's what happened.

PSU won’t fight union campaign among its grad students

A memo from school administration orders managers to stay neutral.

Portland Specialty Baking vote results

Workers at Portland Specialty Baking voted yesterday on whether to unionize with Bakers Local 114. The result: 123 no to 38 yes. That's despite...

Oregon Legislature: A lot at stake for working people

Lawmakers debate minimum wage, wage theft, UI for locked-out workers, and affordable housing.

Portland mayoral candidates square off at labor council meeting

Ted Wheeler and Jules Bailey sparred over campaign contributions and contrasted their records.

Workers at Portland Specialty Baking ready for union vote

Taken totally by surprise, company wages an intense — and formulaic — anti-union campaign.

Laid-off Oregon union millwright goes to D.C.

Steve Phillips of AWPPW – Rep. DeFazio’s guest at State of the Union – didn’t like what he heard.

SW Washington union officials meet with Governor Inslee

Inslee said he supports a minimum wage raise, paid sick leave, and an I-5 replacement bridge.

Graduate employees at Portland State form union, ask president for neutrality

Grad student employees are already unionized at UO and OSU.

Washington State Labor Council opposes carbon tax Initiative 732

I-732 was supposed to be revenue neutral, but would cost the state $914 million over four years.

Union membership slips in Oregon, grows in Washington

In Wisconsin, union membership takes a tumble.

Eugene City Council votes to oppose Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal

The vote follows a campaign by Oregon Strong Voice Lane County, a project of the Oregon AFL-CIO.

Ritchey retires as business manager of Laborers Local 335

Local 335 president Shannon Stull will serve the remainder of Ritchey’s term – through May 2017.