Monthly Archives: May, 2022

A sign that the working class is rising

Two decades of Gallup polls show a trend: Americans are increasingly calling themselves “working class” again. 

Chinese crew freed from ship docked at Longview

An international union federation and the U.S. Coast Guard helped 12 Chinese crew members leave a ship they'd been on for 14 months.

Oregon primary early results

Oregon unions looked celebrate a night of electoral victories when this issue went to press May 17, election night. 

Construction unions push for job site culture shift

Two years after a noose incident on a downtown Portland job site, signs of change are percolating in the construction industry.

Lawmakers look to boost NLRB funding

With labor activity on the rise this year, 40 U.S. senators say the National Labor Relations Board needs more funding to keep up.

Longview newspaper ratifies first union contract

Hammered out in 10 months, the union's first contract with newspaper owner Lee Enterprises will be up in a year.

Starbucks charged with extensive labor law violations

The complaint brings together a slew of charges the union Workers United filed against Starbucks from November 2021 through April 2022.

Eugene Starbucks workers go on strike

Baristas shut down stores to protest the company's anti-union stance in the Pacific Northwest and nationally.

Senators to CEO Schultz: Stop your union-busting

Starbucks’ boss says only nonunion stores will get raises. Lawmakers called him out for his attempts to dissuade unionizing.

First Portland Starbucks votes are a blowout for the union

Eleven Starbucks in Oregon and 71 across the country have unionized, and the number is increasing by the day.

U.S. House staffers win union rights

Congressional staffers have long had the right to unionize, in theory. Now, they’re getting the legal protection to do so.

From warehouse to White house

Workers organizing at Amazon, Starbucks, REI, Seattle game maker Paizo, and the animation studio Titmouse recently visited the President.

To Zoom or not to Zoom: Labor navigates a return to in-person meetings

Some local labor organizations see an argument for hybrid meetings, which incorporate in-person and virtual attendance options.

Challenger outpolls incumbent at OFNHP

Jonathon Baker has taken office as president of Oregon Federation of Nurses and Health Professionals (OFNHP).

Portland Sheet Metal Institute holds apprentice competition

Sheet Metal Institute in Portland was the host this month of the 2022 Northwest Regional Sheet Metal Apprentice Competition.

Servers at Crux brew pub in Bend want to unionize

The Crux Front of the House Employees Union is looking to organize 13 workers at Crux Fermentation Project in Bend.

Gay Lincoln 1940-2022

Gay Lincoln, a retired union machinist who was long active in the civic life of Southwest Washington, died April 30 at age 82.

Victor Weekes 1945-2022

Victor T. Weekes Sr., a Nabisco worker and longtime officer of Bakers Local 364, died May 7 of multiple myeloma, a type of blood cancer.

A union of Intel employees?

Matt West, who ran for Congress in the recent Democratic primary, has announced a union effort covering engineers at Intel.

Worker justice delayed: The NLRB Blues

A recent surge in unionizing is bringing awareness to the National Labor Relations Board election process and employers' anti-union tactics.

Reproductive justice is a labor issue

As the Supreme Court prepares to overturn Roe v. Wade, the labor community has a responsibility to stand up and fight back.

Washington State Labor Council ranks lawmakers

The Washington State Labor Council has awarded state lawmakers scored for their votes in the 2022 session.