Monthly Archives: January, 2017

Annual survey records further union membership declines

Union membership fell to 10.7 percent of the U.S. workforce, and 6.4 percent in the private sector.

Instafab hires union-buster Bob Tiernan

Tiernan, former chair of the Oregon Republican Party, is a labor relations consultant who helped rid a Berkeley grocery of its union.


Obama ignored labor on trade and healthcare, and pro-worker reforms came mostly too late.

Staples boycott ends with union win

The National Labor Relations Board ordered the US Postal Service to stop privatizing union members' work.

Anti-union ‘right-to-work’ laws spreading quickly

Kentucky on Jan. 7 became the 27th "right to work" state. Missouri will be next, and maybe even New Hampshire.

Building Trades Council joins group challenging Portland’s ban on new fossil fuel terminals

The yet-to-be-named coalition is preparing to file a petition for review with the Land Use Board of Appeals.

Tragedy strikes Cement Masons Local 555 … again

Journeyman mason Maurice “Mo” Starks, a member of Local 555, was killed in a roll-over car crash on I-405 in Portland.

Portland Bakery Union member Shad Clark made international VP for Western Region

The former Local 114 business agent has a long history as a union worker and activist.

GOP ramping up to dismantle the labor movement

Every one of us has an obligation to fight as hard as we can, to get off the couch and activate and agitate.

Vickie Burns retires from Labor’s Community Service Agency

LCSA is a labor-affiliated non-profit charity sponsored by United Way.

Burgerville suspends union activist for eating a bagel

A vocal leader of the campaign to unionize the Burgerville fast food chain has been suspended without pay since Jan. 6 — ostensibly for...

Song of the Stubborn One Thousand

A new book tells the story of a remarkable union victory in a California frozen food strike during an era of union-busting.

Toothless law: 3 years in, still no penalty for flagrant unionbuster

The three-year legal saga of a local union-busting paint contractor shows how weak U.S. labor law can be.

Big Day for Billionaires

The Trump inauguration means a billionaire in the White House and cabinet spots for five more.