Monthly Archives: November, 2022

Biden: Congress should impose rail contract

To win paid sick days, union rail workers are ready for a nationwide strike. But Biden wants Congress to force them to accept a contract they rejected.

What do airport workers want? Raises that beat inflation

Portland International Airport workers represented by IBEW Local 48 and Laborers Local 483 are tired of working without raises.

3 billionaires own more than bottom half of Oregonians

Oregon’s three billionaires hold about $53 billion in wealth, while the bottom half of all Oregonians own about $27 billion.

Workers sue Fred Meyer for unpaid wages

Kroger is planning to buy competitor Albertsons for $24.6 billion. But the grocery monolith can’t seem to find the cash to pay its workers.

Worker uprising at Foxconn in China

Workers at the massive Foxconn factory in Zhengzhou, China were barred from leaving dorms in the locked down facility.

St. Charles Hospital in Bend hires union buster

The Florida union buster is just the latest for the Oregon hospital’s hard-core anti-union human resources team.

Oregon paid leave ready to launch

Starting next September, Oregon workers will be able to take up to 12 weeks off using paid, parental leave.

Nurse union asks district attorney to prosecute Providence for wage theft

Multnomah County DA Mike Schmidt says he’s ready to prosecute employers who commit wage theft. Oregon Nurses Association has one in mind.

Catching up with Christina

Worker-side labor attorney Christina Stephenson, Oregon’s next labor commissioner, describes her priorities for the job when she takes office next month.

Drug counselor apprenticeship program launches, with BOLI support

The AFSCME-supported apprenticeship helps workers become Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselors (CADC) through on-the-job training and classroom education.

A new self-guided tour of Portland Labor History

It includes Francis Murnane Memorial Wharf, a public memorial to a longshore union leader; a labor history mural at PCC Sylvania; and more.

SEIU Local 49 celebrates 100 years

The union's history began in Portland's performance venues in 1922, when theater and dance hall janitors decided to improve their working conditions.


During the 2022 election season, union backing was the decisive factor in hard-fought competitions like the race for Oregon governor. 

Burgerville union launches campaign at sixth store

The proposed bargaining unit covers all 37 non-management workers at the Burgerville at Southeast 26th and Powell Blvd.

Union interest spreads to two more Portland-area New Seasons stores

Workers at North Portland and Beaverton branches of grocery chain New Seasons are seeking to affiliate with the New Seasons Labor Union.

Workers will vote on union at Portland ramen shop

A group of 19 workers at Afuri Ramen + Dumpling in downtown Portland say they want wage increases and safety improvements.

Ridwell workers go union in Washington

The company collects items that typical curbside recycling programs don’t accept, like batteries, lightbulbs, plastic film and more.

AFSCME Local 88 members ratify Multnomah County contract

The vote came after about seven months of bargaining and a handful of rallies AFSCME staged outside county facilities.

Nurses at Providence Hood River hospital approve deal

Ratified in late October, it’s the fourth Providence contract to be approved this year, and three more are still being negotiated.

Nine Oregon Starbucks join nationwide strike

The strike involving more than 100 stores was timed for the day Starbucks launched its annual “red cup” holiday promotion. 

Contract fight looms for City of Portland laborers

After seven months of bargaining, workers across three City of Portland bureaus have signaled they’re willing to strike.

Washington sues to stop Albertsons’ $4 billion dividend

Unions representing grocery workers say the outsized payout could destroy the nation’s number two grocery chain.