Monthly Archives: August, 2017

TriMet Lift driver fired for answering the call of nature

Portlander Teressa Stevens was fired Aug. 21 from her job as a driver for TriMet LIFT — for urinating in a parking lot.

Trump does NAFTA

Despite what Trump says, NAFTA is not a failed trade agreement. Written by and for the benefit of corporate elites, it's a resounding success — for them.

TriMet declares impasse in contract negotiations

This is the third time in a row that bargaining between TriMet and Local 757 has reached deadlock.

Building Trades back Governor Kate Brown for re-election

Building Trades union delegates also heard from Republicans Dennis Richardson and Greg Walden.

At City of Portland, Laborers and COPPEA ratify new contracts, but DCTU still waiting

Though several other City of Portland bargaining units have ratified new contracts, District Council of Trade Unions is headed to mediation with the City.

Washington AFL-CIO rates state lawmakers for key 2017 votes

Paid family leave was a landmark win, but legislators tested anti-union bills in the GOP-held Senate.

Operating Engineers Local 701 returns to Oregon Building Trades

At the building trades’ convention, Operating Engineers were welcomed back to a round of applause.

Having a Blast! Hot August clay shoot raises funds for charity

The fundraiser brought in over $10,000 for Labor’s Community Service Agency and Sunrise for Children.

Laborers Local 737 elects its first business manager

Zack Culver won the vote for business manager Aug. 17 in the first completed union officer election of the statewide merged local.

Six questions for organized labor’s top NAFTA expert

Twenty-three years after NAFTA became law, Trump wants to renegotiate it. Round 1 of talks ended Aug. 20. To find out more, we spoke with the AFL-CIO’s top trade policy expert.

United Way’ers, labor partners from across the country take part in ‘Labor Walk’

The 1.7-mile-walk through downtown Portland stopped at spots important to local labor history.

AWPPW rejects Georgia-Pacific / Koch Industries concessionary contract proposal

Profitable Georgia-Pacific proposed a two-tier wage and benefit system, and a slew of other concessions.

PSU food service contract changes hands, union contract remains

At PSU, Salt and Straw ice cream and Stumptown Coffee will be served by AFSCME members.

New Convention Center hotel will be union built

And likely union operated, as Hyatt signs a neutrality agreement with UNITE HERE Local 8

5 questions for Stacy Chamberlain

Oregon AFSCME's new executive director talks about growing up union, about the threat of a pending Supreme Court case, and about what gives her hope.

State worker unions reach tentative agreement on ‘lean budget’ raises

Oregon AFSCME's new two-year contract covers 3,000 employees at 14 state agencies.

Labor Day: It’s about solidarity

When unions stand together to move an agenda, great things happen for workers.

After nine months, nurses in Florence get new union contract

Nurses at PeaceHealth Peace Harbor hospital approved a new three-year union contract Aug. 3.

Labor peace on West Coast docks will run through 2022

ILWU members have approved a 3-year contract extension.

At Precision Castparts, Machinists campaign to organize ‘micro-union’

This time, they seek to represent a group of 102 welders.

Workers say no to union at Mississippi Nissan plant

After a decade-long campaign by United Auto Workers, workers at a Nissan auto plant in Canton, Mississippi rejected unionization in a 2,244 to 1,307 vote Aug. 3-4.