Monthly Archives: September, 2018

Private monopolies failed to deliver fiber. Now it’s time for municipal broadband.

Coming soon to Portland City Council is a union-backed plan for public-owned Internet access that would be cheaper than Comcast and 40 times as fast.

The new face of Oregon’s building trades

Robert Camarillo, the new leader of Oregon’s construction unions, is a 41-year-old first generation American with the heart of an organizer.

Washington teacher strikes end with double digit raises

At the height of the Washington teacher strike wave, as many as 8,000 teachers were walking picket lines — including 5,000 in seven Southwest Washington districts.

Industrial Athlete campaign to launch at Intel jobsite

The campaign will focus on improving health in the construction industry, which is disproportionately affected by heart disease and stroke.

Election crunch time

Knute Buehler and a dark money campaign have spent millions to bring down Oregon Governor Kate Brown.

GUEST OPINION: Freedom Foundation’s SPAM assault

What to do when anti-union email arrives in your inbox.

Operating Engineers Local 701 celebrates its centennial

Oregon was a very different place when the International Union of Steam Operating Engineers chartered a new local Sept. 18, 1918.

Laborers representative Kyle Estes killed in head-on collision

Estes was on his way to Portland for a union training when an oncoming driver swerved into his lane.

New Teamsters contract at AMR raises wages 21 percent over four years

The 600-member unit provides ambulance service to Multnomah and Clackamas counties in Oregon, and Clark and Cowlitz counties in Washington.

Introducing the Moxy: Union pension funds will finance a new downtown Portland hotel

Construction begins in October at 10th and Alder on a 12-story, $50 million "boutique lifestyle" hotel under the Marriott International's Moxy brand.

Union coalition says it’s time to restore legal rights for workers and consumers

Companies are increasingly insisting that workers and consumers waive their legal rights through arbitration clauses.

Wanted: labor union members interested in running for office

The application deadline is Sept. 14 for the next session of the Oregon Labor Candidate School, a free one-Saturday-a-month course in the mechanics of political campaigns.

OHSU grad students unionize with AFSCME

Union authorization cards signed by a majority of the 250 students were submitted Aug. 29.

Trump-pardoned felon will raise anti-union funds

Far-right culture warrior Dinesh D’Souza will headline a $115-a-plate fundraiser for the Freedom Foundation.

Operating Engineers Local 701 sets up shop at Boring Brewfest

Operating Engineers Local 701 and its affiliated AGC training center set up shop at the inaugural Boring Brewfest fundraiser, bringing a mini-excavator and computerized tower crane simulator for members of the public to try out.

Oregon native named to top job at AFL-CIO’s Department For Professional Employees

Jennifer Dorning is the first woman to hold the post at the coalition of 24 national unions in professional, technical, and other highly skilled occupations.

Trump denounces America’s top labor leader … on Labor Day

The tweet was in reaction to an appearance on Fox News Sunday by AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka.

An end to NAFTA?

A new two-nation trade deal with Mexico could take the place of the three-nation agreement known as NAFTA.

Federal judge strikes down Trump’s anti-union executive orders

The orders aimed at the federal workforce would have limited the use of “official time” by union stewards, ended progressive discipline and seniority rights, and made it easier to fire workers.

Oregon Building Trades: Ready to take it to next level

Delegates elected new officers, set policy, and raised funds for political work

Having a Blast: Labor raises funds for charity at Hot August Clay Shoot

The fundraiser raised $3,000 for Labor’s Community Service Agency and Sunrise Dental’s Sunrise for Children