Monthly Archives: January, 2020

Environmental justice group goes union … on the spot

OPAL executive director Huy Ong didn't think twice when his employees announced they wanted a union.

Class struggle takes the stage at the 2020 SAG Awards

The union's top award went to the Korean cast of Parasite, the runaway hit dark comedy that depicts a working class family that connives to escape dire poverty by getting jobs as servants for a rich family.

Strike wins big gains for faculty at Clark College

Not only do faculty get raises of roughly $10,000 a year, but the new contract reduces the college’s incentive to shift course load to lower-paid part-timers.

Tilesetting jobs were the one union sore spot on the Hyatt project

Bricklayers Local 1 warned Mortenson that there’d be problems with non-union contractor.

OSHA signs off on reduced fine against bridge painting contractor

Nearly three years after a near-fatal workplace accident under the Ross Island Bridge, contractor Abhe & Svoboda will pay just $24,500 in a settlement with Oregon OSHA, down from the $189,000 first announced. The non-union firm continues to bid on ODOT work.

Clark College instructors wage first-ever strike

The instructors want catch-up raises, and they want part-time faculty to be paid at the same rate as full time faculty.

Oregon AFL-CIO ramps up pressure on Rep. Kurt Schrader to get behind labor law reform

The Protecting the Right to Organize Act would protect the right to strike, prevent misclassification of workers, increase penalties for retaliation, and more, but Democrat Schrader isn't on board.

Oregon Democrats meet with public workers whose retirement contributions they voted to cut

Republicans wanted deeper cuts, Oregon’s House Speaker Tina Kotek and fellow Portland House Democrat Rob Nosse told public sector union members.

Station owner trying to bust union at KOIN-TV

Station owner Nexstar Media Group told about 40 workers at KOIN 6 TV Jan. 8 that it will no longer recognize their union.

We need labor law reform

While every other member of the Democrat in Oregon’s Congressional delegation has signed onto the PRO Act as a co-sponsor, Congressman Kurt Schrader said he won't vote for the bill.

Boise Cascade busts Carpenters Union campaign in Medford

A union campaign among 375 workers at a pair of southern Oregon plywood mills ended in a crushing union election defeat.

Robert Blanche, 1962-2020

The former president of the Portland local of SAG-AFTRA was best known for playing Sgt. Franco on NBC's Grimm.

Elevator Constructors Local 23 re-elects Randy Carmony

The 295 members of Local 23 build and maintain elevators, escalators, moving walkways, and dumbwaiters in Oregon and southwest Washington.

Is Grand Central Baking getting ready to fire union supporters?

A wholesale bakery manager quit after being told to target union supporters for discipline.

Union campaign at Columbia Sportswear

When warehouse workers started looking at joining the Teamsters, billionaire CEO Tim Boyle came down to the shop floor to try to talk them out of it.

Congress repeals ‘Cadillac’ tax

Two features of Obamacare that were opposed by organized labor were eliminated in a bill President Donald Trump signed into law Dec. 20.

House passes NAFTA re-write

It's the first major change to NAFTA since the three-nation trade agreement first took effect 25 years ago.

2019 in review

As chronicled in the Northwest Labor Press, here are some of the year’s most important developments for labor and working people.

New leadership at Ironworkers Local 29

Challenger Jason Fussell outpolled incumbent Joe Bowers, becoming business manager effective Jan. 2.

Ham: Two pick-up trucks worth

Cowlitz-Wahkiakum Central Labor Council and local unions contributed $5,585 worth of hams for Lower Columbia CAP Meals on Wheels.

Who won the Presents From Partners’ Toy Challenge? The results are in

Five unions competed for bragging rights in the annual Presents from Partners Toy Challenge.