Monthly Archives: August, 2022

A forgotten strike

105 years ago, well before any law recognized union rights, a paper mill strike spread like a match to paper across Oregon and Washington.

Schoolhouse Electric hires unionbusters

Eight months after Portland home goods maker Schoolhouse was sold to a new owner, its workers are ready for a union.

Bus drivers, flight attendants say they’re feeling less safe

Incidents of disruptive airline passengers and abusive mass transit users have increased sharply in the past few years.

Railroads: nationwide contract, or nationwide strike

It’s the end of the line for railway union negotiations covering all 12 freight rail labor unions and 115,000 workers.

Hogs for dogs

Harleys - including those owned by Machinists members - hit the road for a fundraiser to train seeing-eye dogs.

Young workers are much less secretive about pay

When it comes to openness about how much money they make, Gen Z is all about pay transparency. The Baby Boom generation, not so much.

Judge: Starbucks illegally fired workers for union activity

Starbucks must reinstate seven workers the company fired in Tennessee after a federal judge found the terminations were illegal retaliation.

A new hall for Salem’s Teamsters

Members and officers of Teamsters Local 324 gathered Aug. 20 to dedicate their new union hall, named in honor of a longtime leader.

Bonamici touts apprenticeship win in new law

Clean energy projects taking advantage of tax credits will have to pay prevailing wage and employ apprentices.

Weyerhaeuser workers go union in Albany

Forklift operators at a wood products distribution center voted 11-5 to affiliate with Machinists District Lodge W24.

Nurses want union at hospital in Lincoln City

A unit of 70 nurses in Lincoln City is organizing with Oregon Nurses Association to improve work conditions and get a say in decision-making.

Amazon union launches third New York campaign

Amazon Labor Union, which unionized an Amazon warehouse in April, announced it’s organizing at a facility near Albany, New York.

Strike protests lawless sheet metal employer

Workers at a Vancouver sheet metal shop have been on strike since late July, bolstered by a strike fund and solidarity from union members across trades.

Major Senate Breakthrough

A greatly scaled down Build Back Better bill will still spur climate jobs, cut drug prices, and limit corporate tax avoidance.

Machinists reach out to veterans in need

Machinists hosted a barbecue at a transitional housing village for veterans in a growing partnership between the union and nonprofit Do Good Multnomah.

Toxic Work Environment

You name it, AFSCME-represented hazardous waste workers handle it. The job combines science, a strong stomach and a whole lot of caution.

Why the Oaks Park Labor Day picnic is no more

Event organizers say the long-running annual picnic was killed off by the park’s own management, which implemented a slew of recent changes.

Voodoo Doughnut workers relaunch union effort

Doughnut Workers United has begun a second campaign to organize downtown Portland’s Voodoo Doughnut store.

Shipyard painters go union

A dozen workers who paint vessels on Swan Island in Portland have unionized, increasing the union density at the Vigor Industrial shipyard.

Bend brewpub will stay nonunion

Workers at Crux Fermentation Project voted 10-2 against unionizing with an independent labor organization, in ballots counted Aug. 4.

Fourth Portland-area New Seasons launches union

Workers at a New Seasons Market in Northwest Portland are organizing with an independent labor organization.

Strikes shut down all but one Eugene Starbucks

Within a week, a strike grew from one to seven Starbucks locations in Eugene, Oregon. That meant every union store in the city was on strike.