Monthly Archives: October, 2017

Portland ready to move on Community Benefits Agreement

After months of hibernation, a plan to increase opportunities for women and minorities in construction will go to Portland City Council Nov. 8.

Union-bashing Willamette Week tramples the facts in airport story

That story about the union that wants to raise prices and rid the airport of small businesses? Fake news.

Highlights of the 2017 National AFL-CIO convention

No politicians this time, but an emphasis on racial equity and inclusion.

Strike date set at Legacy Emanuel hospital

Over 750 support workers could walk out as soon as Nov. 8.

Oregon tax on hospitals and insurers will go to voters in January

To preserve Medicaid funding, Oregon AFL-CIO urges yes vote.

Strike at Lane County

A week-long strike shuts county clinics and dumps in a dispute over pay and health care.

Trump tax plan courts major backlash

The GOP tax plan would give the top tenth of a percent an average tax cut of over $1 million a year.

End of an era: West Linn paper mill to close, after 128 years

The former Crown-Zellerbach mill once employed 1,600 people.

DCTU votes to authorize strike

And the City of Portland HR director announced her resignation.

New president at CWA Local 7901

AT&T Mobility employee Celeste Jones defeated incumbent Jeanette Turner.

Trickle-down Trump

President Trump’s tax cut proposal is a continuation of President Reagan’s failed tax plan, or “Trickle Down Economics.”

Portland City workers take strike authorization vote 

The DCTU union coalition declared impasse Sept. 27.

In the aftermath of Hurricane Maria: Union volunteers mobilize for Puerto Rico

Six Oregon nurses join 300 other union members for a two-week stint in the hurricane’s wake. Here's what they saw.

Medicare-for-all: The time has come

The proposal has record support in Congress and in polls.

Unions are wall-to-wall at Keller Auditorium

With the recent unionization of dancers at the Oregon Ballet Theatre, their shows are now executed by an all-union workforce.

Union Manor remodel is complete

Westmoreland Union Manor celebrated its 50th anniversary with a grand re-opening after a $45 million remodel.

Washington denies crucial permit for proposed coal terminal in Longview

The $680 million project, backed by 15 labor unions and/or councils, would create 1,000 union construction jobs under a project labor agreement.

Nellie Fox-Edwards, a pioneer for women in labor

Oregon lost a working woman’s hero Oct. 6 with the passing of labor leader Nellie Fox-Edwards at age 93.

Norman Malbin, 1949-2017

As longtime attorney at IBEW Local 48, he used his knowledge of the law to help union members and working people.

New union officers at Musicians Local 99

The 565-member local represents orchestra musicians at Oregon Symphony, Portland Opera, and Oregon Ballet Theatre.

U.S. Senate confirms Trump nominees to the NLRB

The federal agency that protects workers’ right to form a union may now be about to reverse years of progress.