Monthly Archives: November, 2021

Massive infrastructure and jobs bill becomes law

The new law spends $1.2 trillion over five years to upgrade bridges, highways, rail, transit, ports, airports, water systems, and more.

Kaiser Permanente strike called off

The massive strike was averted when management dropped its anti-union two tier demand and agreed to raise wages 10% over the next four years.

Union reaches agreement with Burgerville

Roughly 100 workers at 5 Portland-area Burgerville locations are about to be the first fast food workers in America to have a union contract.

Multnomah County union has new top officer

Josyln Baker ran unopposed after incumbent Percy Winters Jr. opted not to seek a third term. AFSCME Local 88 represents 3,400 workers.

Iron Workers Local 29 Retirees Club is back to meeting again

Unable to meet for 18 months because of coronavirus restrictions, the group began meeting again this month.

LCSA raising funds for annual Presents from Partners event

LCSA reports many union families are still struggling due to the impact of the pandemic and are in need of assistance. 

Marion-Polk-Yamhill Labor Chapter chooses four holiday projects

The chapter won’t hold its annual Holiday Party at the Elsinore Theatre again this year. Instead, it's supporting four regional projects.

Will Portland’s plan for high-road jobs survive the pullout of Broadway Corridor developer?

Unions and community groups want to know if a landmark agreement on the massive Broadway Corridor redevelopment project still stands. 

UFCW Local 555 backs Kristof for governor

Kristof is seeking the Democratic nomination in the May 2022 primary, and the endorsement by 29,000-member UFCW is his most important so far. 

Want diversity in construction? Hire union

Local union apprenticeship programs have had much more success than non-union getting Black, Hispanic, and women workers into construction.

Winning at Kaiser

Workers were prepared to take a stand in what would have been one of the largest strikes in history at Kaiser Permanente.

IATSE ratifies new film and TV contract

By an extremely narrow margin, IATSE members ratified a pair of nationwide contracts covering 60,000 workers in film and video production.

Working Class Literature?

Portland Community College offers an English class about class – the working class.

Labor tallies election wins in Southwest Washington

In the Nov. 2 election, all but one of the city and school board candidates endorsed by the SW Washington Central Labor Council won office.

IBEW 48: $9 in raises, and an end to marijuana testing 

The new agreement covers inside wiremen — about 3,900 Local 48 members, plus travelers from other IBEW locals working in the jurisdiction. 

IATSE: Hollywood strike on hold pending vote on a tentative agreement

A tentative agreement provides 3% raises and addresses union concerns about overwork and pay equity. Vote results will be announce Nov. 15.

Daimler Machinists: $4 raise plus essential worker bonus

Four unions at the Portland truck plant ratified new five-year agreements that raise wages $4, and hold the line on health insurance costs.

Multnomah County votes for labor harmony 

At non-profit county contractors, union-busting is about to get a little harder.

Comic book workers of the world, unite!

Workers at Portland-based Image Comics announced Nov. 1 that they’re forming a union Comic Book Workers United.

Bus drivers win raises up to $6 an hour

At the school bus contractor for Portland Public Schools, about 300 workers won an immediate $6 an hour increase.

Workers authorize strike at Vancouver Public Schools

Priority issues are inadequate pay and a short staffing crisis. They’ve been working without a contract since Aug. 31.

Kaiser unions are set to go on strike Nov. 15

Bargaining has rarely been so contentious at Kaiser, which for decades touted itself as a union partner and model employer.