Monthly Archives: August, 2018

Teacher strike wave hits Washington

For 60,000 Southwest Washington students, the first lesson of the school year is about union power.


On Labor Day, union members celebrate family and community. Here are this year’s events for Oregon and Southwest Washington.

How to restore the power of unions

Unions have been under decades of attack, but several labor thinkers have put forward ideas to spark the comeback that working people need.

Bargaining under way for 18,000 Oregon grocery workers

UFCW Local 555's “Unity Negotiations” will set the terms for workers at Fred Meyer, Safeway, Albertsons and more.

North coast bus drivers unionize

A group of 20 underpaid drivers and mechanics in Astoria and Warrenton Oregon have joined ATU Local 757.

OPEIU members are voting on whether to cut their own pension – to halt insolvency

Without a cut of up to 30 percent of benefits, the pension fund is headed for collapse in 18 years.

Missouri: Roadmap to victory

The hustle by unions on the ground in Missouri was remarkable.

Missouri voters trounce ‘right-to-work’

The anti-union law went down by more than 2-1. Oregon unionists, acting in solidarity, were there to lend a hand.

Special ed bus drivers ratify long-delayed contract with Portland Public Schools

The new agreement raises starting pay to $18.50 an hour — up from $16.25 currently.

Sinclair bid to buy Tribune collapses after ‘sham’ filing with the FCC

Unions opposed the merger because of the jobs that would be lost and because of Sinclair’s infamous record of replacing local news with national content.

Union-backed coalition pushes bold vision for Broadway corridor project

Redevelopment of the 32-acre downtown site will set the tone for what kind of city Portland will be.

New faculty at LERC

Long-time Labor Notes leader Mark Brenner will focus on teaching, while UCLA sociologist Lina Stepick will serve labor as a researcher.

Medical techs secure a first union contract at Sacred Heart in Eugene

The new agreement provides annual raises of 3 percent, plus additional raises of 1 to 3 percent halfway through the third year to get members on a unified union wage scale.

Columbia Area Transit in Hood River signs first union contract with ATU Local 757

The agreement provides an immediate 10 percent raise followed by three annual raises totaling 8.7 percent over the life of the four-year agreement.

Northwest Machinists members approve new four-year contract with Weyerhaeuser

Members voted down two previous company offers and authorized a strike.

Sheet Metal Local 16 members elect first-ever female business agent

The 2,045 member local has been working to increase union market share and attract more women and minority workers.

Turning the tables on union-busting canvassers

Union-funded Northwest Accountability Project is publishing the names, pictures — and in some cases addresses — of Freedom Foundation canvassers.