Monthly Archives: March, 2023

Techs win first contract at hospital in The Dalles

Hospital techs at Mid-Columbia Medical Center in The Dalles have ratified their first union contract, almost 18 months after unionizing.

Laborers strike shuts CertainTeed shingle plant

Three days after voting down a company contract offer, workers at a Northwest Portland roof shingle factory walked out and shut it down.

Big strikes creep up again in 2022

At least 23 major work stoppages broke out last year, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Feb. 22—up from 16 the previous year.

Labor to lawmakers: Workers’ lives matter

Oregon OSHA has the lowest fines in the nation: The average for a fatal accident is $1,077. Oregon labor wants that to change.

Assault a bus driver, commit a felony

ATU Local 757 tells Oregon lawmakers assaults on bus drivers are increasing, and asks to tighten a law classifying such assaults as felonies. 

Labor champions of SW Washington

A second annual Southwest Washington Labor Awards dinner honored individuals and organizations for their service to labor.

AFT launches ‘code red’ campaign to pass hospital staffing ratios

The union will spend half a million dollars on a radio, Pandora, Facebook and Instagram ad buy asking for pressure on policymakers.

Washington County picks AMR, dumps nonunion ambulance firm

County commissioners voted Feb. 21 to end a decades-long relationship with MetroWest and go with American Medical Response starting July 1.

Laurie Wimmer to lead NW Oregon Labor Council

Retired teachers union lobbyist Laurie Wimmer was elected unopposed Feb. 27 for executive secretary-treasurer of NW Oregon Labor Council.

Miners end 23-month strike at Warrior Met Coal

Roughly 1,100 union members walked off the job April 1, 2021. They're set to go back March 2 under the terms of their old contract.

Lessons from the picket line

Labor’s ultimate weapon is rarely used today. So we asked readers who’ve been on strike: What’s it like? Three of them shared their stories.

New Seasons unfair labor practice case goes before federal judge

The NLRB says employer misconduct may justify re-running a union election at New Seasons market in Hillsboro last September.

Welcome to Mallory Gruben

Mallory Gruben is joining the NW Labor Press as full-time staff reporter — after helping unionize The Daily Herald in Everett, Washington.

Thank you to Colin Staub

After 13 months reporting on the local labor movement, Colin Staub’s last day as Labor Press staff reporter was Feb. 17.

Workers at homeless nonprofit New Avenues For Youth file for union

The unit of 118 workers would be in AFSCME Local 1790, which represents workers at All Good Northwest, Janus Youth Programs, and Outside In.