Monthly Archives: August, 2023

UAW gearing up for historic auto industry strike

With all new leadership and an $825 million strike fund, the union is determined to reverse past concessions.

Hot labor summer: Hype, or a real shift in mood?

Strikes are way up. Union approval is at a 57-year high. And yet as a percent of the workforce unions are at the lowest level since the '20s.

OHSU is slow with raises. But can afford to buy Legacy.

If the public teaching hospital buys the private health system, it would eclipse Intel as the largest metro-area employer.

Portland Public Schools is skimping on maintenance

A new report paid for by the district confirms what union tradespeople who maintain schools have been saying for years.

Providence settles with nurses

Two of the three bargaining units that held a five-day strike in June now have significant pay raises, more time off, and safer staffing.

Trouble getting a second contract at Burgerville

Around 40 workers at the Burgerville near the Oregon Convention Center struck July 28-29 after negotiations with company leaders stagnated.

Specialty Finishes shipyard painters win raises in first union contract

Newly unionized shipyard painters in Portland and Seattle will get better health insurance and raises totaling $4.06 an hour over 3 years.

All Good that ends good

The nonprofit that operates several Portland homeless camps fired a whistleblower last year. Now it's at peace with the union.

OFNHP decries layoffs at PeaceHealth as Vancouver clinic closes

PeaceHealth will lay off nearly 30 union-represented workers this fall when it closes an urgent care clinic in Vancouver.

Longview/Kelso Building Trades awards scholarships

The award supports the children or grandchildren of union members in unions that are affiliated with the building trades council.

Oregon Building Trades offers college scholarships

Two $1,000 scholarships are available to dependents of union members whose locals are affiliated with the council. Applications due Sept. 18.

Harleys. Poker. Must be Machinists lodge 63.

Machinists Lodge 63’s annual motorcycle poker run, known as the Chuck Drake Memorial Guide Dog Dash, raises money for Guide Dogs of America.

Governor Kotek appoints labor lawyer Aruna Masih to Oregon Supreme Court

Masih, 52, has practiced law for more than 25 years. She’s spent most of her career with Bennett Hartman, a prominent pro-labor law firm.

State of Oregon workers ratify union contract

The two-year contract covers nearly 25,000 workers represented by SEIU Local 503. It provides 13% raises and a one-time $1,500 bonus.

Alaska Airlines flight attendants mobilizing

Members of the Association of Flight Attendants say it’s time they got a real raise. And they mean to get it.

Poll shows high public support for striking actors and writers

TV and film writers have been on strike since May 2, and TV and film actors in SAG-AFTRA have been on strike since July 14.

Teachers union demand: No more mice in school

Teachers also want better security measures, an enforceable limit to class sizes, and public school for every child over the age of 3.

New Seasons workers march on company headquarters

Seven months after bargaining began, there’s no sign the union is near a contract with the natural foods grocery chain.

Sneaky Nabisco tries to outsource Teamster work

Local 206 filed suit in U.S. District Court saying Nabisco outsourced work, then refused to follow the grievance process.

Jodi Guetzloe Parker’s life in Labor

Never one to seek the limelight, she served the Laborers for decades as a tireless foot soldier for the cause of labor.

Oaks Amusement Park ride workers launch union campaign

Workers told the company they'd be holding a “safety strike” and would go home if they didn’t want to work in excessive heat.

Springfield plans public celebration unveiling new labor mural

A failed campaign to save a Springfield labor history mural ended up spawning a successful campaign for a new one.