Monthly Archives: August, 2020

Spreading the union’s inspiration by air and by internet

A new web project showcases and connects more than four dozen labor podcasts and radio shows from around the nation.

Heat kills

A warming planet is increasing the risk of dying from heat, but OSHA has ignored calls to protect workers.

Budget’s fine, but library layoffs loom

Multnomah County Library is about to lay off one sixth of its workforce, even though its budget is under no threat.

A threat to democracy

Why would the USPS—a beloved agency that's competitive with private delivery services—be the target of attacks by the Trump administration?

Labor Press celebrates 120th Anniversary

Portland unions started the Labor Press in 1900 because other newspapers failed to cover labor fairly, or at all. That need continues today.

Reopening schools: What do teachers think?

Is it possible for schools to reopen safely? Can online learning replace in-person instruction? We asked Portland teachers union president Elizabeth Thiel.

Breakthrough on community benefits agreement for Broadway Corridor

The 12-block public-private project on the former post office site will use union labor.

Sheet Metal union restructures

The new SMART Northwest Regional Council covers 9,500 members in five locals in seven states.

Lebanon veterans home faces decertification campaign

Fifteen months after voting to unionize, a group of 200 workers at the Oregon Veterans Home in Lebanon, Oregon, will vote Aug. 27 on whether to stay union.

DePaul Treatment accused of bad faith bargaining

Oregon AFSCME says getting management to schedule a bargaining session has been a serious challenge — they've met three times since unionizing in September.

Union card gets $1 off beer

Paddy's, Produce Row, Cadillac and three others owned by Portland restaurateur Josh Johnston are offering a discount to patrons who show their union card.

Labor Day picnics canceled

With large gatherings banned until there’s a reliable treatment for COVID-19, Labor Day picnics in Oregon and SW Washington have been canceled this year.

‘Together4Oregon’ fundraiser helps unemployed

Labor’s Community Service Agency was among 4 non-profits helped by a live funderaiser on KGW-TV July 18 to help Oregon residents hit hardest by COVID-19.

Subsidized child care helps parents enter building trades

For parents who want in to the building trades, finding childcare has been a hurdle. Now a Labor’s Community Service Agency program is making a difference.

Richartz reelected to lead Laborers Local 483

Local 483 represents over 1,000 workers who maintain roads, sewers and parks and staff rec facilities for Portland, Metro, Silverton, Mt. Angel, and PDX.

Enviro nonprofit would rather lay off all staff than deal with union

The Center for Sustainable Economy dropped antiunion Ballard Law and agreed to recognize the union. Then came its "restructure" announcement.