Monthly Archives: October, 2022

Union Guide to the 2022 General Election

This ballot guide lists candidates who have at least one labor organization endorsing them and who have opponents on the ballot.

Labor makes all-out push for Kotek

As House speaker for nine years, Democratic candidate for governor Tina Kotek delivered landmark union-backed legislation year after year.

Weyerhaeuser strike: Six weeks in, still no deal

Machinists union members voted down another Weyerhaeuser proposal that failed to fix the core issues behind the walkout.

Amazon Labor Union: ‘a marathon, not a sprint’

Leaders of the new union were the guests of honor at the annual Portland Jobs with Justice dinner this month.

AFSCME says Meieran threatened retaliation after non-endorsement

A Multnomah County Commissioner took it very badly when county workers union AFSCME Local 88 backed her opponent.

Union to feds: Don’t allow Kroger-Albertsons mega-merger

Fred Meyer, Safeway, Albertsons, QFC and 40 other chains could become one company under the proposed deal.

To stop harassment, make it inconvenient

Portland-area construction leaders take stock of progress toward more welcoming workplaces over the past two years.

Apprenticeship training model expands to mental health workers

Local union members who work in mental health and addiction treatment are enrolling in on-the-job, union-supported workforce training. 

OPB workers ratify contract bringing raises and bonus

In the end, management proposed a 4% raise in year one and merit-based raises of at least 1.5% in years 2 and 3.

OHSU workers ratify contract

AFSCME Local 328’s new agreement guarantees across-the-board raises of 7% in year one and 5% in years two and three.

Myers ends WSLC campaign

Shannon Myers' decision leaves Cherika Carter unopposed for the number two office at the Washington State Labor Council.

Union campaigns launch at two more New Seasons

Workers at grocery stores in Portland's Concordia and Grant Park neighborhoods are organizing with the New Seasons Labor Union.

Schoolhouse Electric workers join IBEW

The vote establishes a new bargaining unit of 71 workers at the Schoolhouse facility in Northwest Portland.

Central Oregon nurses to hold union vote

A group of 40 home health and hospice nurses at St. Charles Health System will decide whether to join the Oregon Nurses Association.

The road to a pro-worker future

Here's why the 2022 General Election is perhaps the most consequential for working people in recent memory.

Weyerhaeuser strike enters fifth week

Weyerhaeuser mills and log yards across the Northwest have been silent as the lumber giant faces off against its own workers.

Contractors stuck with bill for subcontractor wage theft

Washington ordered a quarter million dollars in back pay and penalties for prevailing wage violations by 360 Sheet Metal.

Stephenson: Labor laws mean little without enforcement

Christina Stephenson says heightening BOLI’s wage theft enforcement will be a top priority if she’s elected as labor commissioner.

For a Portland fire fighter, pipe dreams now reality

Backed by their union, Portland fire fighters debuted a pipe and drums troupe that has now played played dozens of engagements.

Machinists battle de-cert effort at Pierce Pacific

Machinists Local Lodge 1005 and District Lodge W24 are reminding Pierce-Pacific workers of the benefits of union representation.

Doormakers decide it’s time for a union

The Millworkers United organizing campaign at Pacific Architectural Wood Products was set in motion over after-work beers.

Seattle shipyard painters unionize on the heels of Portland election

Specialty Finishes workers in both cities are now represented by Painters Local 10, which is preparing to bargain a first contract.