Monthly Archives: September, 2021

Nabisco strike beats back demand for concessions

Bakers won the fight to keep what they have—and not give concessions—because of solidarity: their own, their co-workers, and their community.

Hollywood strike could be coming

If 60,000 behind-the-scenes production workers walk out, it would be the biggest ever strike in the film and television industry.

2021 Oregon building trades convention report

Representing over 33,000 construction workers, delegates backed a candidate for governor and committed to fight racism in the industry.

Safe From Hate panel says culture change is coming in construction

Contractors increasingly say they will sanction hostile and harassing on-the-job behaviors that used to be overlooked or laughed off.

Labor-backed Hartmeier-Prigg wins run-off for Beaverton council

Hartmeier-Prigg was backed by NW Oregon Labor Council, United Food and Commercial Workers Local 555 and Tualatin Fire Fighters Local 1660.

Beneficial State Bank signs first union contract 

CWA says it's the first group of bank employees to unionize in more than 40 years. At $20.50 an hour and over, wages may top the industry.

360 Sheet Metal management: “We do not agree with the law.”

Negotiations aren’t going well at 360 Sheet Metal in Vancouver. Union leaders say the company is going through the motions in bargaining.

Hospital techs in The Dalles join OFNHP-AFT Local 5017

The vote result — more than 10 to 1 for the union — is an absolute smackdown to union-busters and the managers who hired them.

Teamster Tully elected as Second VP at NOLC

Teamsters Local 223 president Dave Tully was elected in a contested roll call vote at the Sept. 27 delegate meeting.

Poll: Union approval at its highest level since 1965

In the latest Gallup poll results, 68% of Americans said they approve of unions, 28% disapprove, and 4% had no opinion.

Imperfect Foods busts union

Another ‘progressive’ business shows its true colors. “It was the anti-union campaign I would expect from a company like Walmart or Amazon.”

Showdown looms as Kaiser sticks to pay-slashing proposals

Increasingly, Kaiser's union partnership appears to be unraveling, and for the second time in two years, it could be nearing a strike.

On the job with Iron Workers Local 29

Courtney Newberg found her dream job in a tough, traditionally male construction craft.

NewsGuild walks away from The Columbian

The union that Vancouver’s daily newspaper journalists cheerfully announced in 2019 is no more.

This strike is so much bigger than one bakery

Workers are fed up, and they are doing something about it: Strikes, shop floor actions, civil disobedience, and work stoppages.

Unions contend with vaccine mandates

Unions are encouraging members to get vaccinated, but are also trying to protect the rights and jobs of workers who haven’t been vaccinated.

Nationwide Nabisco strike intensifies

‘No contract, no snacks’ Nabisco strikers are saying—their livelihoods on the line in a nationwide struggle against corporate greed.

“They don’t know their workers”

David Woods is the lead union negotiator trying to bargain a new contract at Nabisco. We spoke with him by phone Aug. 26.

Vancouver’s daily newspaper moves to get rid of its union

After 21 months of supposed negotiations, The Columbian is asking the National Labor Relations Board to hold a new union election. 

Liz Shuler elected AFL-CIO president

She succeeds Rich Trumka, who died Aug. 5. Shuler, AFL-CIO secretary treasurer since 2009, is the first woman to hold the office of president.

Construction industry confronts suicide in the ranks

Construction workers commit suicide at three times the national average. More die by suicide than job site injuries or accidents.