Teacher strike wave continues

Jan 30, 2019

Los Angeles teachers could have accepted management’s offer and spent the next few years complaining about it. Instead, they went on strike, all 32,000 of them, and won a stunning series of concessions. And in Vancouver, 700 paraeducators and other school support staff won a 17.5% increase hours before their strike was to begin.

Police union raids AFSCME at 911

Jan 30, 2019

Members of the Portland Police Association hand-delivered letters to emergency communications dispatchers inviting them to leave their union, AFSCME, and instead join the police union.

Honoring union screen actors, in Hollywood and at home

Jan 30, 2019

Unlike the better-known Oscars, the annual Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards are for acting only, and honorees are chosen by their fellow union members. In Portland, the annual SAG Awards Watch party doubled as a fundraiser for a beloved figure in the local.

Training for a rescue at 50 feet

Jan 29, 2019

Theater and concert workers often spend time at great heights — hoisting gear at rock concerts or setting up and operating truss-mounted spotlights.  Their union is working to improve members’ readiness to quickly rescue a coworker in the event of an accident. 

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