Monthly Archives: August, 2019

Troll on the Hill

At OHSU, a union volunteer uncovered management bargaining team members engaging in obscene social media trolling, leading to the resignation of OHSU's director of human resources.

‘Seizing the memes of production’

A tidal wave of union organizing is sweeping online and print media.

Public employees file lawsuit to protect PERS retirement benefits

Plaintiffs say SB 1049 is a breach of contract, an illegal taking, and violates the Constitution.

USW members ratify new contract at Cascade Steel

Wages will rise 3.25% a year for the 280 steel workers at the McMinnville mill.

SW Washington Labor Council-backed candidates advance to general election

Voter turnout in the primary was low, with only 20.3% of registered voters casting ballots.

Trump names Eugene Scalia as his pick for new Labor Secretary

AFL-CIO blasts the choice — a former WalMart lawyer and son of union nemesis Antonin Scalia.

Building trades sounds alarm on DOL apprenticeship proposal

In June, the U.S. Department of Labor proposed to give private organizations free rein to create new watered-down standards and self-certify subpar apprenticeship programs.

Nabisco retirees condemn pension cuts

For members and retirees of Portland-based BCTGM Local 364, their union's fight to save pensions at Mondelēz Nabisco is  personal.

‘Our City, Our Home’

At the invitation of Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler and City Commissioners, over 200 political, community, business, and labor leaders assembled at Pioneer Courthouse Square Aug. 14 to oppose violence at political demonstrations.

Unions will re-build the middle class

With economic inequality having returned to levels not seen in more than eight decades, a revival of union power is essential.

Thank you for a great 14 years!

The only means to counter a corporate capitalist agenda is a strong union movement, says Oregon AFL-CIO president Tom Chamberlain in his final Labor Press column.

Union racer represents Local 701 training center on the speedway

Every Saturday from April to September, Operating Engineers Local 701 member Cory Garrison races his red 1970 Monte Carlo at Sunset Speedway.

Merkley bill: Green jobs should be union jobs

A bill in the U.S. Senate would incentivize private renewable energy projects to sign union-brokered project labor agreements and follow the federal government’s Davis Bacon prevailing wage requirements for construction.

Operating Engineers business manager James Anderson wins second term

In officer elections scheduled for July, all incumbent Local 701 officers ran unopposed and were elected by acclamation.

On the Job with IUEC Local 23

A combination electrician, iron worker and finish carpenter, elevator constructors are highly-paid specialists among building trades workers.

2019 Labor Day picnic schedule

Every year on Labor Day, union members come together to celebrate family and community. Here are this year’s events.

C-TRAN named North American mid-sized ’Transit System of the Year’

The honor was conferred by the American Public Transportation Association.

Backers of Major League Baseball sign ‘harmony agreement’ with labor

Once a baseball team is secured, a stadium built, and workers hired, unions in the harmony agreement will have access to workers within their jurisdictions, and can organize them via card-check.

Oregon governor and legislators who voted to cut PERS won’t be on stage at Labor Day picnic

When they were campaigning, the governor and many of the legislators promised not to cut PERS benefits.

U.S. House passes Butch Lewis Act

The bill would give federal loans to union multi-employer pension plans to prevent their collapse.

Union employer Vigor Industrial sold to private equity firms

As part of the deal, Vigor will merge with an 800-employee ship repair and maintenance company in Norfolk, Virginia.

NEXT Renewable Fuels agrees to ‘card-check’ with UFCW #555

A planned green diesel production facility in Clatskanie will likely be union-represented.