Monthly Archives: September, 2017

Bus drivers in Hood River win union

Columbia Area Transit drivers will be part of Amalgamated Transit Union Local 757.

Oregon Ballet Theatre dancers unionize

OBT voluntarily recognizes a union after dancers and stage managers sign union cards.

Welders at Precision Castparts vote to join Machinists union

A "micro-unit" wins at a company where four previous union campaigns failed.

OPEIU Local 8 strike at Welfare & Pension Inc. continues

After seven months without a contract, 95 workers who administer health and pension benefits for Pacific Northwest union members walked off the job Aug. 23.

2017 Oregon AFL-CIO convention report

Delegates endorsed Oregon governor Kate Brown for another term, heard about attacks on union rights in other states, and passed resolutions on race, immigration, and women’s issues.

Merkley co-sponsors Medicare for All legislation

Polls suggest that Medicare for All has majority public support.

Morel Ink: Owners change, union remains

Longtime owners Bill Dickey and Matt Witham sold the business to longtime employees.

New documentary film looks at the life of farmworker union leader Dolores Huerta

Dolores will screen in Portland and Eugene, and will air on OPB in February.

Trumka says hope of working with Trump has faded

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka at first hoped labor leaders could find common ground with Trump. 

Clay, Anderson, re-elected to lead United Food and Commercial Workers

Members of the state's largest private sector union favored the incumbents by a 3-to-1 margin.

Oregon AFL-CIO scorecard for the 2017 Oregon Legislature

Every year, the Oregon AFL-CIO advocates in the state legislature on behalf of workers  — and reports on which lawmakers are friends where it counts.

Face time with the governor

Before addressing delegates, Oregon Gov. Kate Brown sat down with the Labor Press.

President’s address

Excerpts from the 2017 convention speech of Oregon AFL-CIO President Tom Chamberlain.

Eugene Urgent Care clinic network fights union campaign by SEIU Local 49

The results of an Aug. 17 unionization election are up in the air.

Machinists win the right to union election for welders at Precision Castparts

A union win Sept. 22 would be the first at one of the area’s largest nonunion industrial employers.

Cowlitz County commissioner cancels presentation by anti-union Freedom Foundation

The group was invited to make the case for opening union bargaining to the public.

Union members celebrate Labor Day

At Oaks Amusement Park in Portland, a crowd estimated at 12,000 turned out for a picnic sponsored by the Northwest Oregon Labor Council.

Will Sen. Jeff Merkley run for president in 2020?

At a union-sponsored Labor Day picnic, a suggestion that Merkley run in 2020 got enthusiastic applause.

Burgerville workers wage one-store Labor Day strike for holiday pay

It's the latest action by the Burgerville Workers Union, which has been campaigning for affordable health benefits and a $5 an hour raise.