Monthly Archives: January, 2018

IBEW’S DONNA HAMMOND: A lifetime of beating back barriers of race and gender

A dose of sass — and a sense of when to pick her battles — helped overcome many obstacles in an overwhelmingly white male construction workplace.

A union-backed challenge to Oregon’s Greg Walden

Two years ago, almost no one wanted to run against the powerful Republican Congressman. This year, half a dozen Democrats are competing for the nomination. UFCW is getting behind a former union maritime worker.

Meet the “anti-union” organizers

Freedom Foundation is showing up at workplaces and knocking on doors in Washington and Oregon to try to talk workers out of paying union dues.

AFSCME Local 88 makes endorsements in Multnomah County races

Two first-time candidates got the local’s endorsement: Susheela Jayapal for Multnomah County District 2 and Jennifer McGuirk for Multnomah County Auditor.

Norman Malbin’s work lives on

Malbin died in October at the age of 68, but the labor law conference he began 22 years ago continues under the leadership of labor lawyer John Bishop and his law partner Noah Barish.

Metal trades council elects new officers

Jason Joeckel of Laborers Local 737 is the new secretary-treasurer of the Metal Trades Council, which represents workers at the Portland Shipyards.

Northwest Oregon Labor Council backs Loretta Smith, Lynne Peterson, and incumbents in local races

NOLC, which covers Multnomah, Clackamas, Washington, and Columbia counties, will vote on other local endorsements at its Feb. 26 meeting.

Union members at Franz Bakery support MLK day of service.

Staffed by union volunteers, a Franz Bakery truck served free grilled cheese sandwiches at O'Bryant Square in downtown Portland.

ATU Local 757 blasts TriMet’s pick for general manager

Union leaders hoped the board would hire a change agent from outside to take the transit agency in a different direction.

Union membership rates held steady in 2017

10.7 percent of American workers are union members.

This union’s got talent

Portland-area SAG-AFTRA members met up to watch their union’s televised award ceremony for the most outstanding performances in film and television.

New union agreement at Multnomah County

AFSCME Local 88’s new contract keeps up with inflation and attempts to address racial equity.

Shipyard workers reject Vigor contract offer

More than 1,000 employees in Portland and Puget Sound have been working under the terms of an extended master collective bargaining agreement that expired Sept. 1, 2017.

Portland’s KATU-TV will face a union picket

IATSE wants the public to know Sinclair Broadcasting is refusing to commit that KATU will continue to produce local news.

Frank Regalado, 1951-2018

Regalado was a 41-year member of the International Union of Elevator Constructors, and a longtime officer in Local 23.

With logjam gone, new life for labor bills that died last year

Infrastructure and equal pay bills are already moving one week into the session.

Audacious bills. Short timeline. And a big ‘if.’

In the Oregon Legislature's “short” session starting Feb. 5, state lawmakers could pass affordable housing, paid family leave, and a “cap-and-invest” system to limit greenhouse gases.

Oregon climate response: Cap and invest?

Big carbon emitters would get market incentives to convert.

President Trump: Year 1

It’s not what presidents say or fail to say that matters most; it’s what they do or fail to do. 

Portland Public Schools teachers close to settling new contract

PAT negotiators say they're hopeful they can formalize the deal Thursday.