Monthly Archives: July, 2022

Grant from Google to support women in the trades

Oregon Tradeswomen, the nonprofit that supports women entering the building trades, received $150,000 in grant funding from Google.

Joyful Noise child care workers go union

Workers at a chain of four child development centers in Portland voted by a three-to-one margin to unionize with ILWU Local 5.

Hospital workers want into the union in Portland and Pendleton

The Oregon Nurses Association recently filed paperwork with the National Labor Relations Board to represent workers at two Oregon hospitals.

AFSCME holds firm on raises in OHSU bargaining

After 17 weeks of bargaining and some tentative agreements, economics are a key sticking point between OHSU and AFSCME.

Starbucks union victories continue in Washington

Workers at a Bellingham Starbucks became the 15th location in Washington to affiliate with Workers United when ballots were counted July 6.

White House fixes union pension rescue program

Local plasterers and members of OPEIU Local 11 have reason to rejoice after final rules for the Pension Benefit Guaranty Fund were announced.

The world’s worst countries for workers

The latest International Trade Union Confederation report shows an increase in workers rights violations in recent years.

Nurses approve a new contract in first of three Providence hospital votes

A bargaining unit of 233 nurses at Providence Willamette Falls in Oregon City voted to ratify a new contract, in ballots counted July 11. 

Bend brew pub union election moves forward

More than two-dozen workers at Crux Fermentation Project will decide in the coming weeks whether to affiliate with an independent union.

ILWU signs first child care workers contract

The contract covers 17 workers at Fruit & Flower Rock Creek, which is connected to PCC’s Rock Creek campus.

Oregon Coast hospital workers ratify contract

A group of 115 workers at Samaritan North Lincoln Hospital in Lincoln City have a new three-year contract.

Central City Concern workers push for better wages

AFSCME Local 88’s previous three-year contract with Central City Concern expired June 30. Wages are a sticking point in bargaining.

Starbucks to close 16 stores, citing safety

For Starbucks Workers United, the timing made Portland's 4th and Morrison store closure a clear escalation in union busting.


IBEW Local 48 members and their families attended the union's annual picnic outside the union hall on Sunday, July 9.

St. Alphonsus hospital in Ontario accused of egregious antiunion conduct

Union busting alleged at an Oregon hospital would be enough to influence the results of an upcoming representation election, regulators say.

Portland auditor examines Fire Bureau, again

Fire Fighters Local 43 says the audit is narrow in focus, uses four-year-old data and ignores progress that has been made since then.

New leadership at Elevator Constructors Local 23

Robert Larzalere, a second-generation member of the union, was sworn in as the new business manager April 14.

IBEW tree trimmer talks heat up

Tree trimmers represented by IBEW Local 125 rejected the final offer from a group of employers, paving the way for escalating action.

Washington’s best straight truck driver? A Boeing machinist

Carl Gibson will compete in the 'straight truck' category at the National Truck Driving Championships Aug. 16-19 in Indianapolis.

Union at Portland Verizon stores

Workers at two Verizon Express stores in Northwest Portland announced a union campaign July 6 with Communications Workers of America (CWA).

They believed in what they believed in

The example set by Bunny Kuiken reminds us that the immigrant working class is an integral part of our history.

Heat/smoke rules must be defended

As we saw with the heat wave in June 2021, human lives are on the line, and it is absolutely critical that we have strong rules in place.