Monthly Archives: November, 2020

Will Oregon get serious about labor law enforcement?

BOLI’s staff has shrunk by a third since 1995—even as Oregon added a million new residents and legislators gave it new laws to enforce.

Corporate vandalism

The Newberg mill used to be where Oregon sent its recycled paper. Now it’s being scrapped. And its $28/hour union jobs won't be coming back.

Sam Dominy, 1945-2020

A union rep for International Woodworkers of America and IAM, he led the Lane County Labor Council and served in the Oregon Legislature.

Working people made the difference

America’s labor movement is often the last and only line of defense for anyone who works for a living.

Oregon OSHA’s COVID rule is now in force

Oregon OSHA now says employers must protect workers from COVID-19 in all workplaces. Letting them know about it will be the next challenge.

Columbia Gorge behavioral health provider breaks labor law and pays a price

Management wanted to continue one-to-one relationship with workers. But workers preferred a 112-to-1 relationship, and unionized with AFSCME.

A labor movement look at the 2020 election results

How labor-backed candidates and ballot measures fared locally and nationwide.

What’s Portland Public Schools hiding? Possibly wage theft?

Construction union reps say the district delays, redacts, and charges exorbitantly for public records they need for wage theft investigations.

OHSU Hillsboro hospital fights union campaign

A group of 472 hospital workers Hillsboro is ready to join Oregon AFSCME. But first they had to get straight who they actually work for.

Oregon OSHA says employers must protect workers from COVID-19

Not a moment too soon, Oregon OSHA's COVID-19 rule arrives as outbreaks are under way at 76 Oregon workplaces.

TriMet declares impasse in contract bargaining

An arbitrator will decide if the transit agency can scrap its mechanic apprenticeship program.

UFCW forms PAC to push for COVID-19 workers comp

Local 555 has put $190,100 into a new political action committee that's educating union members about their rights and running online ads.

Oregon labor history chronology

Pacific Northwest Labor History Association has published a chronology of labor history, assembled by the group’s Oregon trustee Ron Verzuh.

Musical theater, when it reopens, will be union

Stumptown Stages reclassified actors and musicians as employees, and recognized Musicians Local 99 to represent its musicians.

IBEW Local 48 offers a $1,000 bounty for new members

There’s so much work right now for members of IBEW Local 48 that the union is offering a bounty for qualified electricians who sign on.

Is municipal broadband feasible in Multnomah County? Maybe

A county-wide, publicly financed fiber-to-the-premises network would cost $966 million, and residents support the idea by more than 2-1.

Presents From Partners will host two parties this year

The Portland event, organized by Labor's Community Service Agency, is expanding to Southern Oregon to help families devastated by wildfires.

Union coalitions at shipyards, Portland, PPS under new leadership

Local 290 rep Pat Christensen's retirement left vacant leadership spots at the Metal Trades and union councils at PPS and City of Portland.

Brian Severns, 1949-2020

A shipyard worker, he served the Machinists as assistant directing business representative and led the Portland Metal Trades Council.

COVID changes union holiday plans

The pandemic is impacting union holiday traditions. The Grotto and Elsinore events are cancelled, but ironworkers will hold a drive-up event.