Monthly Archives: April, 2019

Plasterers Local 82 showcase their work for visiting architects

Apprentices demonstrated historical restoration, venetian plastering, stuccoing, and more.

Oregon AFSCME elects officers

Jeff Klatke was re-elected president unopposed.

Former IBEW business manager Ed Barnes honored as “First Citizen” of Clark County, Washington

Barnes is the first union official to receive the Community Foundation's exemplary citizenship award.

Two years after a horrifying bridge accident, Abhe & Svoboda still hasn’t paid any fine

The company that received OSHA's biggest fine in years is still bidding on new ODOT bridge work.

Time to ban a slow-moving killer

The daughter of a union plumber wants to end the occupational disease that claimed her father.

Trump’s new NAFTA: Is America’s trade policy at a crossroads?

When Portland Congressman Earl Blumenauer learned he’d be the new chair of a House trade subcommittee, the first call he made was to Oregon AFL-CIO president Tom Chamberlain.

Multnomah County takes on wage theft

The county could soon draft union reps to help with enforcement.

Union ‘super heroes’ turn out for MDA bowl

A record 139 bowlers representing nine union-sponsored teams raised $8,441.

Plumbers & Fitters Local 290 apprentices test their skills at annual contest

About 100 apprentices competed, and the top finishers in each discipline will take part in the Western Regional Apprentice Contest this June in Idaho.

Two more shops vote to join Burgerville Workers Union

Workers at the Montavilla and Convention Center restaurants have officially voted to unionize.

Simplistic initiatives create complex problems

Throughout the 1990s and into the early 2000s, Bill Sizemore wreaked havoc in Oregon by putting simplistic initiatives on the ballot to address complex issues. Now Tim Nesbitt and Ted Kulongoski are poised for a repeat.

Trainor launches campaign to lead Oregon AFL-CIO

The state federation’s current leader, Tom Chamberlain, isn’t seeking re-election.

Our history can inspire today’s young workers

General strikes created labor heroes, along with a few labor martyrs, and they inspired new generations of workers to join unions.

America’s top union leader pops into Portland

National AFL-CIO president Rich Trumka was in Portland for an Organizing Summit — a training for unionists on organizing tactics, messaging around common sense economics, and how to build worker power in the wake of the Supreme Court’s anti-union Janus decision.

Local 290 members say it’s time to talk about diversity

A new committee wants to figure out what it will take to get more women and minorities to join  — and remain — in United Association of Plumbers and Steamfitters Local 290.

County’s new health headquarters is union-made

Most of the work on the $94.1 million project was done union, and all parties worked to ensure women and minorities got opportunities on the project.

UFCW calls out Multnomah County for purge of citizens committee

A lawsuit says the Multnomah County Board broke the law when it fired and replaced all the citizen volunteers on an advisory committee.

Labor Council endorses Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue District local option levy

The levy would maintain emergency response services and personnel.

Clackamas pet hospital goes union

The NLRB has certified that ILWU Local 5 won last year's representation election at VCA Northwest Veterinary Specialists — by a one-vote margin

Honored for safety by Oregon’s governor

IBEW safety expert Barry Moreland and union-signatory Snyder Roofing got some of the top honors at this year’s Oregon Governor’s Occupational Safety and Health Conference.

Merkley, Bonamici want to ban asbestos

The Centers for Disease Control reports that asbestos-related deaths are on the rise.

Rat spotted at Pearl District apartments

At Modera Glisan Project, nonunion temps are operating outside elevators instead of skilled Operating Engineers.