Monthly Archives: January, 2022

Shouldn’t electric cars mean good jobs?

Gordon Lafer says the federal government should put workers’ rights conditions on the coming billions in subsidy.

Union holiday stockings spark angry confrontation

Sheet Metal Local 16 organizer Darrin Boyce says the company owner’s daughter was furious: The union was giving out Christmas stockings!

Burgerville workers ratify first union contract

The vote means the boycott of the chain is over, and union members are encouraged to patronize Burgerville, especially the union stores.

A “SMART” business decision

By signing with SMART Local 16, Clint Ochampaugh gets access to the highest-skilled employees in the industry through its hiring hall.

Kotek racking up union endorsements

Since Oregon Building Trades Council backed her at its September convention, eight other labor groups have endorsed Tina Kotek for governor.

At Local 29 hall, a night on Santa Lane

Weather couldn’t stop the Iron Workers holiday event. Over 175 cars and 700 people came out for gifts, hot chocolate, and photos with Santa.

Kellogg’s strike ends with major win for strikers

An estimated 1,400 strikers returned to work at Kellogg's as of Dec. 27. The strike was a pretty clear win for BCTGM members.

IBEW honors life savers

Three Local 48 members helped save the lives of two ironworkers after a roof collapse on a construction project in summer 2020.

Introducing Colin Staub

NW Labor Press brought on a new labor reporter Jan. 3. Colin Staub has reported for the Newberg Graphic and trade papers the last 7 years.

Eugene School District commits to use high-road construction contractors

Eugene 4J is the first Oregon school district to commit to lift worker standards and set a goal for more women and minorities in construction.

Another season when local unions came together to help families in need 

On a chilly Saturday, over 50 unions joined together to deliver food, gifts and toys to the doorsteps of over 500 children.


I’ve been given a sacred responsibility— renewing this 122-year-old labor institution so that it can help rebuild our labor union community.

2021 in labor

The year 2021 in labor: A strike wave, eye-popping wage gains in bargaining, statehouse victories. And polls say unions are popular again.