Monthly Archives: April, 2022

A Union Guide to Oregon’s May 2022 primary

Oregon voters have a lot of choices. This is a guide to which candidates want—and deserve—the support of union members and working people.

Labor unions drop Kurt Schrader and back Jamie McLeod-Skinner

Oregon's biggest and most politically active unions appear to be throwing their support behind a progressive challenger.

Unions split over Jo Ann Hardesty for Portland City Council, but most are backing her challenger Vadim Mozyrsky

Half the unions that backed Jo Ann Hardesty for Portland City Council four years ago are now endorsing her challenger, Vadim Mozyrsky.

Crowded race for Congress in Oregon’s newest district

Two of the nine candidates running for Oregon's new Sixth Congressional District have union endorsements, and two others have union ties.

Overcoming PERS rancor, Tina Kotek snags all but one union endorsement

In the Oregon governor's race, those unions that have endorsed in the Democratic primary are lining up in support of Tina Kotek.

Oregon Republican primary for governor draws union foes

Of 19 GOP candidates for Oregon governor, a few have history with unions—stark opposition, or membership, but none have union endorsements.

Labor backs JVP, Meieran for Multnomah County Chair

In the race for the top Multnomah County elected seat, all eyes are on the most visible crisis facing the county: homelessness.

A Union steward goes to City Hall

SEIU Local 503 member Micki Varney says serving as a steward was good preparation for her public service as a Salem City Councilor.

For shipyard workers, contract … or strike

Union shipyard workers in Portland and Seattle will decide April 28 whether to approve a new tentative agreement with employer Vigor Marine.

Union at Amazon

Workers at an Amazon warehouse in Staten Island, New York, have voted 2,654 to 2,131 to join the brand-new grassroots Amazon Labor Union.

Pandemic showed flaws in Oregon’s workers comp

Privately-insured and self-insured employers are rejecting worker comp claims at a greater rate than the state-chartered non-profit SAIF.

Teamsters battle with Hood River Distillery continues

Two years ago, workers at Hood River Distillers went on strike. HRD responded by illegally firing them. Company lawyers are still fighting.

Strike vote at Providence St. Vincent

A unit of 1,600 nurses at Providence St. Vincent hospital in Southwest Portland will vote April 19 to May 3 on whether to authorize a strike.

Oregon’s first union Starbucks

Workers at a Eugene Starbucks voted 17-0 to unionize. In the next month, ballots will be counted at a dozen more Oregon stores.

UFCW rejoins NW Oregon Labor Council

Local 555 represents grocery workers. Both before it left and now that it’s back, Local 555 was NOLC’s largest affiliate.

Fire, possibly arson, at Voz day laborer center

Early morning April 6, a fire destroyed a minibus and damaged offices of nonprofit Voz Workers Rights Education Project.

Penske technicians get raises in 3-year contract

The three-year contract contains wage increases of 5.5% in the first year, 3.5% in the second and 3% in the third.

Pacific Power linemen ratify new contract

The contract raises wages, increases the 401(k) match, and adds sick leave hours and floating holidays for 285 utility workers.

Tree trimmers reject tentative agreement

A IBEW Local 125 unit of about 430 tree trimmers last month rejected a tentative agreement by an overwhelmingly margin—98%, with turnout of about 60%.


Last year more than 69 Oregonians died from injuries sustained while working, not including the 169 who died after workplace COVID outbreaks.

Top on-the-job killers

Transportation-related accidents are the lead cause of workplace death— more fatalities than falls, violence and harmful substances combined.

America’s most dangerous jobs

Most on-the-job deaths occur in the trucking industry, but a handful of workplaces have a higher fatality rate.