Monthly Archives: July, 2019

Oregon AFL-CIO files ballot initiative to reduce self-checkout at grocery stores

The Oregon AFL-CIO filed a prospective ballot initiative July 18 to regulate the number of self-checkout stations in Oregon’s grocery stores. “The goal of our...

Southwest Washington Labor Council endorsements for the Aug. 6 primary

Voters will elect board members for the City of Vancouver, Clark County, Vancouver Public Schools and Evergreen Public Schools.

Challenger outpolls incumbent in IBEW Local 48 officer elections

Garth Bachman was elected business manager of International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 48, outpolling two-term incumbent Gary Young by 11 votes.

New wage and hour chief comes to Oregon from the national union movement

Hired by Oregon Labor Commissioner Val Hoyle, former top building trades lobbyist Sonia Ramirez began her new position July 8.

Workers at Cascade Steel Rolling Mills say they’re ready to strike

Schnitzer Steel is asking workers for concessions — at a time when sales are booming and steel prices are up.

How working people and unions fared in the 2019 session of the Oregon Legislature

Lawmakers passed paid family leave and boosted school budgets, but also cut public worker compensation and punted on climate.

A life-saving school bus driver

The focus and reflexes of a member of Local 757 may have saved lives in a near-miss last month.

Portland-area grocery workers vote to strike

Strike votes continue across Oregon and Southwest Washington in July and August.