Monthly Archives: April, 2021

Workers Memorial Day 2021

Workers Memorial Day, April 28, is a day to honor workers who have died on the job, and recommit to fight for a safe work environment.

Biden’s $2 trillion infrastructure plan

President Biden is asking Congress for $2 trillion in federal investment in infrastructure, research, training and home care over a decade.

Staff at the Oregon Legislature can unionize, Board rules

Plans can now go forward for a union election among roughly 180 legislative assistants who work for individual Oregon lawmakers.

Amazon workers reject union

At the Bessemer "fulfillment center" workers rejected the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union 738 to 1,798.

Washington labor legislation update

Bills to give farm workers the right to overtime pay and create a COVID-19 workers’ comp presumption look likely to pass.

Oregon labor legislation update

Union-backed bills to give sick leave to construction workers and set the prevailing wage at the union rate have passed at least one chamber.

Lifeworks NW workers file for union election

A group of about 60 workers at a Hillsboro mental health and substance abuse crisis center is ready to join Oregon AFSCME.

A union guide to Oregon’s May 2021 special election

Oregon’s May 2021 special election is about who will lead our schools. Ballots will be mailed April 28 and are due back May 18.

Maybe shoulda Googled ‘rat contractor’?

Crestline, a heavy civil general contractor headquartered in The Dalles, doesn’t have a state-approved apprenticeship program.

A regulator with a life-and-death mission: Keeping workers safe

For over 15 years, Michael Wood has been at the helm of Oregon OSHA. The Labor Press caught up with him by Zoom April 8.

Blazers must recognize stagehands union

An April 1 union vote could get members of IATSE Local 28 back to work at Portland Trail Blazers and Portland Winterhawks home games.

Transit union reaches deal with TriMet

As contract arbitration neared, TriMet management dropped its proposal to eliminate its apprenticeship program for bus mechanics.

OFNHP signs first contract at St. Charles Hospital in Bend

Even with the agreement ratified and signed, the hospital's management can’t resist taking potshots at the union.

A time for mourning and action

This year, on April 28, Oregon’s unions will observe Workers Memorial Day amidst a grim backdrop the likes unseen in our lifetime.

Union logos get a little love

A new Twitter account dedicated to sharing union logos has quickly developed a fan base in the union Twitter world.