Monthly Archives: January, 2022

City unions in Portland near the brink of a strike

Following drawn out and contentious union negotiations, City of Portland managers are now accused of interfering in strike votes.

Union ally announces run for Oregon Labor Commissioner

Civil rights attorney Christina Stephenson is running for Oregon Labor Commissioner. That likely comes as a relief to Oregon labor leaders.  

Metal Trades unions ask shipyard owner: ‘Where’s the love?’

Unions and Vigor Marine remain far apart in bargaining for a contract representing several hundred workers at Portland and Seattle shipyards.

Apprenticeship is catching on

A new union program is skilling up behavioral health workers, and even lawyers are looking at apprenticeship as an alternative to the bar.

Suicide hotline workers to vote on joining Oregon AFSCME

At Lines For Life, a Portland nonprofit led by former U.S. attorney Dwight Holton, a strong majority of the 160 employees want a union.

More Shakespeare Festival workers unionize

A group of 16 scenic and prop shop workers has joined their fellow production workers as members of IATSE Local 154.

Workers United: Starbucks union wave spreads to Eugene

Since Dec. 8-9, when Starbucks workers in Buffalo voted to unionize, workers at nearly a dozen other stores have filed for union elections.

An early look at Washington labor’s 2022 legislative agenda

The Washington State Labor Council will push a “Workers’ Recovery Agenda” that prioritizes workers’ health and safety, and job creation.

An early look at Oregon labor’s 2022 legislative agenda

The Oregon Legislature’s “short session” begins Feb. 1 and ends by March 10. As ever, Oregon labor will promote a set of pro-worker bills.

Construction workers on public assistance?

Low-wage non-union construction jobs aren’t just hard on the workers. They’re also a strain on public tax dollars, according to new research. 

Local 82: Bringing beauty to the halls of justice

In a major renovation of the Oregon Supreme Court, union plasterers are retaining the building’s historic character.

Ross Rieder, 1940-2021

A retired AFT-Washington leader, he was active for decades promoting labor history and led the Pacific Northwest Labor History Association.

New number two officer elected at Bakers Local 364

14-year Nabisco employee Mike Burlingham, a longtime union steward at Nabisco, outpolled longtime incumbent Victor Weekes.

Metal Trades Council selects leadership

Delegates to the Metal Trades Council of Portland and Vicinity held a Jan. 10 election to name its top officers.

SW Washington Central Labor Council elects new set of officers

All told SWWACLC represents 17,000 members of 51 affiliated local unions in Clark, Skamania, and west Klickitat counties.

Biden’s new NLRB shows what real enforcement looks like

Under Jennifer Abruzzo, the “new sheriff in town," Amazon, Starbucks and others have learned that powerful companies are not above the law.

Now is not the time

As much as we all want to move on, to put the pandemic behind us, now is not the time to relent. We must push on.

Metro votes 6-1 to move forward on I-5 Bridge Replacement

Building trades leaders were steamed when Metro commissioner Mary Nolan voted "no" on funding for a bridge over the Columbia River. 

Kroger makes a deal after a one-day strike

UFCW Local 555 calls the new contract at Fred Meyer and QFC its best contract ever. Over 3 years, wages will rise $3 an hour.

Amazon ordered to notify workers of union rights

It’s one of the most far-reaching settlements to date after Amazon was found guilty of trampling workers’ rights to unionize.

New year raises Washington minimum wage 

More salaried Washington workers just got the right to overtime too. And Oregon minimum wage goes up July 1.

What do women in construction want? Respectful treatment, like anyone else

Support from their unions, and anti-harassment policies, could make a difference, says the biggest-ever survey of women in construction.