Monthly Archives: September, 2019

Journalists unionize at Vancouver newspaper The Columbian

They love the work they do, and want a union so they can make The Columbian a place they can continue to work.

Strike averted at Kaiser Permanente

A tentative deal would raise wages and limit outsourcing.

UFCW cancels all Kroger contracts after aggressive action by Fred Meyer

The union will release further information about its plans on Sept. 22.

Initiative to limit self-checkout grocery stations moves forward

Oregon AFL-CIO says self-checkout eliminates jobs and inconveniences customers.

As hospital strike neared, McKenzie-Willamette settled

For some of the least-paid hospital workers, wages will rise 10 percent in two years.

Homecare workers get retirement, harassment policy in new contract

30,000 workers will get $15 an hour under the new contract.

Workers at OHSU ratify new deal after managers outed for trolling

Over 6,000 workers will get $1,000 bonuses and raises totaling 9.5% in new three-year deal.

Union crushed at Eugene metal distributor Farwest Steel

When a campaign by United Steelworkers reared its head, the company’s reaction was swift and brutal.

Workers could strike Oregon universities Sept. 30

The strike would involve about 5,000 SEIU Local 503 members at seven public universities.

DePaul treatment center agrees to recognize union

DePaul Treatment Services, an addiction treatment nonprofit, has voluntarily recognized AFSCME as the union for its 122 employees.

2019 Oregon Building Trades Convention

About 175 delegates and guests heard about the national building trades fight with Trump, and resolved to hold future conventions biennially.

Medical techs unionize at St. Charles Hospital in Bend

Despite an anti-union campaign by management, the group of 163 workers voted by a 3-to-1 margin to join OFNHP.

Massive Kaiser Permanente strike could come in October

If it happens, it would be the biggest strike in the United States in 22 years.

Grocery workers ready to walk in 3 states

Members of UFCW in Oregon, Washington, and California have voted overwhelmingly to authorize strikes if contract bargaining with big grocery chains fails to produce acceptable union contracts.

Mobile monopoly?

Communications Workers of America is denouncing last month’s decision by the Trump Justice Department to allow a takeover by T-Mobile of its rival Sprint, which would leave Americans just three wireless providers to choose from.

Union approval near 50-year high

The Gallup polling organization reported Aug. 28 that 64% of Americans approve of labor unions.

Nurses picket Astoria hospital

Nurses say understaffing is a serious problem at Columbia Memorial Hospital.

Raises at Schnitzer scrapyard

At Schnitzer Steel’s North Portland scrap yard, a unit of 123 workers has ratified a new contract.


Tapped for the job at a time of crisis, Tom Chamberlain helped reunify Oregon’s labor movement.

Coming up: Oregon AFL-CIO biennial convention

Several hundred delegates and guests will hear from national and state union leaders, elect a new president and secretary-treasurer, and vote on dozens of policy resolutions.

The only union shop around: Tube Art Group sign installers join IBEW 48

Workers at Tube Art Group ratified their first contract last month. It's the first unionized sign installation company since the 1980s.

ATU Local 757 picnic raffle raises $965 for Labor’s Community Services Agency

The money was raised in a 50/50 drawing the union held at its annual picnic at Blue Lake Park last month.