Monthly Archives: September, 2023

Nearly 2,000 teachers strike in Camas and Vancouver

Weeklong teacher walkouts at Evergreen School District and Camas School District won major improvements for students.

Countdown to the UAW strike

As of Friday, United Auto Workers will either have a tentative agreement or be striking around the country at GM, Ford, and Stellantis.

Lawful contractors only, says City of Vancouver

Contractors who bid on public projects with the City of Vancouver now must verify that their subcontractors are not labor law violators.

PeaceHealth wants to close the only hospital in Eugene

The Sacred Heart Medical Center University District closure would need the approval of the Oregon Health Authority.

Cascade Tissues closes its St. Helens paper mill

About 75 paper mill workers represented by AWPPW Local 1 will lose their jobs in October when the plant closes.

Powell’s workers hold Labor Day strike

Members of ILWU Local 5 at Powell’s Books held a one-day strike Sept. 4 to protest alleged bad-faith bargaining by the company.

Corvallis landfill mechanics: We’re done with company stonewalling

Republic Services, which operates the Coffin Butte landfill, cancels bargaining at the last minute and gave non-union workers a raise.

Strike vote at Kaiser

Workers at Kaiser Permanente hospitals in seven states and Washington D.C. are voting on a strike authorization through Sept. 16.

Strike vote at OHSU

If they authorize a strike, almost 3,200 nurses represented by the Oregon Nurses Association could walk out as soon as Sept. 28.

Machinists ratify new four-year contract at Ash Grove cement

At a cement quarry in Eastern Oregon, a new four-year contract creates a worker training program and provides a 14% raise overall.

Reporters ratify contract at Longview Daily News

Their second contract provides a starting wage of $19. That’s a $2 increase from the previously negotiated salary floor.

A balloon hat? Or a balloon sword?

About 2,000 union members and their families came out to the Labor Day picnic held at the Clackamas County Fairgrounds this year.

Local 483 raising funds for gravely injured city worker

A City of Portland maintenance worker was impaled by a metal bar at work. His union has launched a fundraiser to support him as he recovers.

Local 29 ironworker will work for Washington building trades

Journeyman Minna Long started a new job Aug. 28 with the Washington State Building Trades Council.

UFCW Local 555 takes aim at a top Oregon Democrat

Longtime labor legislator Paul Holvey faces an Oct. 3 recall election in House District 8 in Eugene.

Referee for democracy

Larry Taylor is on a mission: training members on how to use the tools of democracy in their unions.

Nude dancers go union at NW Portland strip club

Strippers at Magic Tavern voted 16-0 to unionize with the Actors’ Equity Association, which represents stage actors and performers.

Portland’s Guardian Games goes union

The workers voted 10-0 to join United Food and Commercial Workers Local 555 in a Sept. 1 vote held in the employee break room.

88% – A Number to Inspire and Harness

Among young people, approval of labor unions is at 88%. And support for strikes is at 90%.

Union officer launches run for Portland City Council

Housing Bureau employee Chris Flanary, a member of AFSCME Local 189, is one of the first to file for the all-new Portland City Council.