Monthly Archives: December, 2018

Thank you labor, and labor allies, for caring about our community

The 2018 Presents From Partners event: Thousands of toys, 170 union volunteers, and 650 children.

This year’s SAG awards watch party will raise money for a union actor who’s fighting for his life

Local SAG-AFTRA president Robert Blanche is battling complications from a double lung transplant.

Questions for Washington AFL-CIO’s Jeff Johnson

Washington's top union leader, retiring soon, talks candidly about the highs and lows of his 40 years in the labor movement.

HALL OF SHAMERS: The millionaire union member athletes who crossed hotel maid strike picket lines

It’s bad enough when regular members of the public cross a strike picket line.

Boeing Machinist Larry Brown wins close race to lead Washington AFL-CIO

Washington State Labor Council coordinates the political efforts of more than 600 affiliated local unions in Washington.

THE REST OF THE STORY: A look back at some of the stories we reported in 2018 … and what happened afterward

Updates on the union campaigns at Precision Castparts, New Seasons, and Reed College, plus President Trump's "infrastructure Neverland"

First Transit named 2018 Scrooge of the Year

Scrooge of the Year goes to an individual or entity that was particularly hard-hearted to workers.

Young Machinists bring Christmas to foster teens

Union volunteers coordinate with caseworkers in Gresham to compile a list of “needs” and “wants” for foster teens in their care.

House Democrats plan to restore ‘Labor’ to the name of the labor committee

For 25 years, the committee's name has gone back and forth when leadership changed hands between Democrats and Republicans.

Why I’m happy about 2018

The year 2018 will be viewed as pivotal for the American labor movement.

Presents From Partners’ Toy Challenge: The results are in!

IBEW Local 48 led the pack among unions donating to the this year's toy drive.

Does Burgerville really ‘serve with love’?

Burgerville's top executive preaches "Biblical entrepreneurship," but in practice the company has been reluctant to move away from a low-wage business model.

Nabisco back at the table with Bakers

In October and November, the two sides met for bargaining for the first time in more than two years.

IBEW’s Ed Barnes named First Citizen of Clark County, Washington

The award is presented annually to a Clark County resident who has modeled exemplary citizenship.

New Seasons Market announces new $15 an hour starting wage

New Seasons Market has just announced it will raise starting pay to $15 an hour Feb. 1 at all its stores in Oregon, Washington, and California.

So much for antitrust? Government approves merger of paper mill giants

More paper mill closures ahead? The nation’s second largest paper producer just gobbled up the fifth largest.

Congress delays report on union pension fix

The Joint Select Committee on Solvency of Multiemployer Pension Plans was supposed to vote on a solution to the looming crisis in union-sponsored pensions by the end of November.

A union for political campaign workers?

Campaign Workers Guild signs its first Oregon contract with state representative Teresa Alonso Leon.

Terry Lansing retires after 14 years at the helm of Bakers Local 114

Lansing retired Dec. 2 after a lifetime of involvement in the labor movement.

Oregon Zoo contracts out food service

Reversing the usual narrative, workers will be better off at Aramark, thanks to skillful union negotiations.

Bikes for kids, with the help of longshore workers and Boeing Machinists

Boeing Machinist volunteers assembled 80 bikes for the children of unemployed union members.

A sister to lead the Brotherhood

The region's largest construction union, 23,000-member Pacific Northwest Regional Council of Carpenters, has a new top officer: Evelyn Shapiro. Shapiro, 40, is the first woman ever elected to head a regional council of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters in the United States.