Monthly Archives: August, 2016

At Malarkey Roofing Products, talk of a strike

The family-run company has hired a known union-buster to lead negotiations.

Jordan Cove boss says LNG project needs assist from Oregon’s Congressional delegation

Only U.S. Rep. Kurt Schrader has publicly supported the project.

‘You saved my town’ — GOP state rep says Building Trades worked with him to save Prineville

Mike McLain credits building trades unions for a tax law change that led to data center construction in the high plains.

Resolved: Oregon Building Trades delegates set policy

The trades will back an LNG export terminal, and greater funding for transportation infrastructure and career and technical education.

Frew takes helm of Oregon Building Trades Council

The IBEW leader has job shadowed retiring John Mohlis since February.

Wyden: Democrats ‘feeling very, very good’ about fall elections

At the state building trades convention, Oregon's senior U.S. Senator talked Trump, trade, and the trouble with union pensions

Nabisco union standoff leads to wave of retirements

Representatives of Mondelēz unions from around the world will meet in Chicago Sept. 20-21.

Why, Kate, why? Oregon governor declares support for Trans-Pacific Partnership

As protesters take to the steps outside the Capitol, Brown says she's following Wyden's lead.

911 in turmoil as Portland union contract goes to arbitration

Understaffing is leading to daily forced overtime, and sometimes, dangerous call wait times.

Mohlis retires from Building Trades Council; Frew tapped as successor

An Aug. 23 retiree party drew nearly 250 well-wishers from across the political spectrum.

Glass contractor remains non-union, and pro-union workers skedaddle

Glass Workers Local 740 loses an election at Heritage Glass, but finds better jobs for supporters.

Google Fiber pulls the plug on Portland

Google is putting planned fiber roll-outs in Portland and other cities on hold.

Having a Blast

Union clay shoot raises funds for charities

At Volunteers of America, alcohol and drug treatment workers are ready for a union

The group of 63 workers will vote next month on whether to join Oregon AFSCME.

No to Hillary OR Trump, says Painters Local 10

Unanimously passed resolution denounces Democrats, Republicans, “or any party of the bosses.”

The master organizer behind César Chávez

Fred Ross believed a good union organizer should fade into the crowd while others step forward.

Unionists waking up to bias

Given the prevalence of unconscious racial preferences, just outlawing racial discrimination isn’t going to be enough.

5 questions for anti-bias trainer Barbara Diamond

The Portland labor attorney says union staff need to confront issues of race, gender, and disability.

All politics is local

Local action spurring statewide and eventually national change is what the labor movement is all about.

A DAY FOR PICNICS — Labor Day is Monday, September 5

Every year on Labor Day, union members come together to celebrate family and community. Here are this year’s events.

New leadership at Operating Engineers 701

Former president Jimbo Anderson ran on a slate with a dozen other members and won, defeating incumbent officers.

Oregon School Employee Association helps deliver first books

Union members get 80,000 books into the hands of low-income kids in Beaverton, Sweet Home and Woodburn.