The unit consists of 23 full-time permanent librarians, archivists, and receptionists at the non-profit’s downtown Portland museum, library, and headquarters and a storage warehouse in Gresham. The workers have been unionized since 1990, when they formed their own independent union, the Oregon Historical Society Employee Association. Now they’ll be part of a 36,000-member West Coast union best known for representing workers on the docks.
Within ILWU Local 5, they’ll maintain their own dues structure and their own officers: President Joey Beach and Secretary-Treasurer Matt Cowan.
Their current contract expires Jan. 31, 2018.