Monthly Archives: September, 2022

First ever union win at New Seasons

Third time's a charm for union supporters at the Seven Corners store; their independent union just won a representation vote four-to-one.

Strikes hit Weyerhaeuser all over the Northwest

Machinists District Lodge W24 members overwhelmingly rejected what Weyerhaeuser called its “final” contract offer, and authorized a strike.

The future is electric

With flood of federal investments on the way, union electricians are looking to electric vehicle infrastructure as a massive growth industry.

Poll shows union approval now at a 57-year high

In this year's Gallup poll,  71% of respondents said they approve of labor unions, and 40% felt union membership was "extremely important."

Baseball players union joins AFL-CIO … and launches campaign to unionize minor leaguers

MLBPA’s affiliation comes as the national AFL-CIO is paying increased attention to sports unions, and recently created a Sports Council.

Best state in the nation for workers? Oregon

Washington is a close third, according to a recent report released by the global antipoverty nonprofit Oxfam.

Union Joe

In his latest vocal support for unions, Joe Biden spent Labor Day talking up the labor movement at appearances in Wisconsin and Pennsylvania. 

New federal web site is unashamedly prounion

The Worker Organizing Resource and Knowledge Center bills itself as a one-stop shop for information on unions and collective bargaining.

Metro pushes to privatize Convention Center AV department

The Metro regional government wants to contract out audio/visual jobs at the Oregon Convention Center - jobs that are currently held by union workers.

Portland steel foundry to close

Columbia Steel Casting Co. is permanently closing this fall after 121 years of operation, leaving 225 workers without jobs.

Portland uniform maker will lay off union workers

Dennis Uniform is moving some of its operations to Texas, leaving 71 Oregon workers - including UFCW Local 555 members - without a job.

Unions protect workers. OSHA protects … contractors?

What is a life worth? According to Oregon OSHA, it seems, $5,400. That's how much it recently fined a company after a worker was killed on the job.

Portland workers form first Verizon Express union

By a vote of 4-1, workers at two Portland retail stores for telecom giant Verizon have unionized with the Communications Workers of America.

Union member killed in Bend grocery shooting

UFCW Local 555 president Dan Clay says retail workers shouldn't have to fear gun violence but it's becoming increasingly common.

Recall removes unionist from Eugene City Council

Longtime union activist Claire Syrett, who was serving her third term on the Eugene City Council, lost a Sept. 6 special recall election.

Study finds Portland Fire Bureau is understaffed

If Portland wants 4-minute response times, it will need more fire bureau staff, according to a recent report.

Weyerhaeuser workers in Eugene stay nonunion

After a heavy anti-union campaign from management, Weyerhaeuser workers in Eugene voted against unionizing.

Multnomah County may be near deal on contract

AFSCME Local 88 and Multnomah County are closer to agreement on a new three-year contract covering more than 3,000 county employees. 

Potential strike draws closer at OHSU

More than 7,000 AFSCME-represented workers at Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU) could strike as soon as Oct. 7.

Washington school strike

Students in several Washington school districts are beginning the school year with a lesson in union organizing. 

Teamsters reach agreement with American Medical Response

Over 600 ambulance crew members are voting on a a tentative agreement that brings more predictable schedules, more paid time off and raises.

School employees union says workers are leaving jobs in droves

Student behavior – including assaults – are a factor in record-high classroom aide and support staff turnover.