Monthly Archives: June, 2022

Inflation hits 41-year high

If you haven’t gotten an 8.6% raise over the past year, you’re not keeping up with inflation, which is at its highest level since 1981.

Mechanics vote for union at Jim Fisher Volvo

Mechanics and lube technicians at a Portland Volvo dealership voted 7 to 3 to be represented by the Machinists District Lodge W24.

Union busters file for decertification at Precision Castparts

The Milwaukie, Oregon-based company never accepted a 2017 vote by its welders to join the Machinists union.

At a New Seasons grocery, workers actually want a say in the rules they must follow

In April, New Seasons changed attendance, scheduling and paid leave policies. In May, workers launched a union campaign.

On the job with the Portland Police Association

Portland Police officer Jordan Zaitz says she’s frustrated and discouraged by worsening crime. She looks to her union as a source of support.

Portland is nine for nine in Starbucks union elections

Workers at four more Portland-area Starbucks stores voted to unionize with Starbucks Workers United over the past two weeks.

Bricklayers Local 1 apprentices place in Western Region contest

Bricklayers Local 1 apprentices are some of the best in the West, according to the 2022 Western region apprenticeship contest.

We’re union now, say workers at Fang! Pet and Garden Supply

Workers at Portland’s Fang! Pet & Garden Supply delivered a letter to the business owner, announcing they're unionizing with ILWU Local 5.

Support workers at tiny house villages for homeless vote to join AFSCME

In ballots counted June 2, a group of 46 employees who operate tiny house villages for the homeless in Portland voted 15-3 to unionize.

Local 16 finds prevailing wage violations at Vancouver Fire Station

Washington Labor & Industries is investigating, but similar cases have been ongoing for years without a resolution.

Contracted painters look to unionize at Vigor shipyard

Painters Local 10 has asked for an election to represent workers employed by Specialty Finishes, located at Portland’s Vigor Marine shipyard.

St. Vincent nurses reach a deal, but others authorize strike

Providence St. Vincent nurses would get up to 14% raises and a stronger commitment from management to follow staffing levels.

Ralph Groener, 1941-2022

Ralph Groener, a lobbyist for AFSCME for 28 years, had a knack for being in the right place at the right time.

Reviving the Boycott

The consumer boycott should rejoin the use of strikes and walkouts as a form of “organized aggressive mass action” to pressure employers.

A proud moment for Oregon labor

Liz Shuler's re-election to her first full term as AFL-CIO president marks a historic and proud moment for the Oregon labor movement.

Dave Tully hits the road

After 32 years as a union organizer, rep and officer, Teamsters Local 223 president Dave Tully, 61, retired on May 31.

How Starbucks is turning a new generation on to unionism

Starbucks employees in Portland are part of a burgeoning nationwide store-by-store union campaign led by young frontline workers.

Cure for Clackamas County ballot box blunders: Vote out the county clerk

Well before the latest fiasco, AFSCME member Catherine McMullen had concerns about Clackamas County elections.

Fred Meyer settles child labor charges

An investigation by the Department of Labor found the company regularly allowing minors to load power-driven box balers at stores in Oregon.

Ontario, Oregon hospital trying to bust nurses union

A labor dispute between the Oregon Nurses Association and an eastern Oregon hospital intensified after management withdrew union recognition.

Bill would end tax benefits for union busting

A bill in Congress would end an unintentional tax benefit for corporations that try to stop their employees from unionizing.

Old Town homeless village will close in June

Weeks before a union ballot count at Portland homeless services provider All Good NW, the nonprofit decided to close one of its villages.