Monthly Archives: October, 2023

Trouble at Oregon Tradeswomen

The pre-apprenticeship nonprofit is hemorrhaging board members and staff and may be losing favor with local unions.

The biggest health care strike in U.S. history

75,000 workers struck Kaiser Permanente for 3 days. Now a 4-year agreement brokered by the U.S. Secretary of Labor provides 21% raises.

Workers set to strike Oct. 23 at PeaceHealth

A strike is likely and will include lab techs, service, and maintenance workers at PeaceHealth hospitals in Vancouver and Longview.

Multnomah County dentists authorize strike

Dentists say seeing more patients per day will lower the quality of care they offer to Medicaid enrollees and uninsured or homeless patients.

ILWU declares bankruptcy

Bankruptcy is the fallout from a fight for two jobs on the Portland docks. The longshore union has been battling in court for over 10 years.

Astoria nurses get deal a day after vote to strike

After eight months of bargaining and an overwhelming strike vote, nurses at Columbia Memorial Health reached agreement for a new contract.

Corvallis landfill strike now in its second month

Picketing outside the privately owned Coffin Butte landfill, they’re in a fight against a $13.5 billion a year Goliath.

Doctors want a union at Legacy Health

All told, 235 doctors, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants would unionize at all eight hospitals.

Portland Ridwell workers ask for union election with Teamsters Local 305

Ridwell provides curbside collection of hard to recycle items like batteries, plastic clamshell containers, lightbulbs, and more.

Cremation service workers unionize

Represented by IBEW Local 89, the new unit includes six funeral directors and office coordinators at Neptune Cremation in Happy Valley.

Fair Housing Council workers join CWA

The unit includes 14 workers at a statewide nonprofit that protects renters and homeowners from discrimination.

Larch Corrections Center closes

Teamsters Local 117 fought the closure of the minimum security prison in Yacolt, Washington, where about 115 members worked. But it lost.

Holvey trounces UFCW recall effort

Local 555’s campaign to recall Eugene state representative Paul Holvey was rejected by 89.97% of voters Oct. 3.

Yamhill County Employees Association declares impasse, may strike

The union representing nearly 400 Yamhill County workers said cost of living raises proposed by the county are insufficient.

River dredgers ratify contract with Port of Portland

Wages will range from $44.41 to $52.36 an hour under the new four-year contract with Operating Engineers Local 701.

Work at Kaiser? Better check your paycheck

After more than two years of problems as egregious as a $99,000 overpayment or zeroed out paid leave banks, OFNHP is speaking out.

Minimum wages rising in Washington and Oregon

Oregon’s minimum wage rose to $15.45 in the Portland metro area on July 1. Washington's will rise to $16.28 an hour on Jan. 1.

Portland Bureau of Transportation could lay off 88

Union job cuts in the city's transportation bureau would mean more potholes and fewer streets plowed for snow.

Noel E. Johnson, 1934-2023

He joined Bakers Local 114 in 1952, and led the union as executive secretary-treasurer for a decade before his retirement in 1992.

Union Voter Guide to the SW Washington Election

Washington's Nov. 7 general election covers local races for school board, city council, and special districts.

Leaving Bend united and hopeful

This year’s convention could not have come at a more opportune time for labor to strategize about how to harness the moment we’re in.

UAW strikes the Big Three automakers all at once

With automakers making record profits, the union says it’s time that the workers who make their vehicles got their fair share.