Monthly Archives: November, 2023

Portland teachers strike for fair wages and smaller classes

It’s a fight that teachers say has been brewing a long time.

Parents emerge as ‘third force’ in Portland teachers strike

Parents are joining Portland teachers on strike picket lines throughout the district — because they support what teachers are fighting for.

IBEW Local 48 gets $13/hour increase over three years

Members of IBEW Local 48 ratified three agreements in the last month that cover nearly all of the union’s 6,000 members.

UFCW files crop of ballot measures

The grocery union wants repeal of self-service gas, union neutrality at cannabis businesses, and legislative and hospital reforms.

Election results: Mostly wins for labor-backed candidates in SW Washington

The Southwest Washington Central Labor Council saw three of its four endorsed candidates win in Washington’s Nov. 7 election.

Biden goes to Belvidere

Wearing a red UAW Local 1268 T-shirt, Joe Biden celebrated UAW's massive strike victory Nov. 9 with a crowd of UAW members in Illinois.

Oregon Legislative workers get first union contract

The bargaining unit covers all legislative assistants supporting elected officials in the Oregon Legislature, between 90 and 180 workers.

Seattle Kaiser workers get contract too

One day before a planned strike, SEIU Local 1199NW reached a tentative agreement for a local add-on to Kaiser Permanente's national contract.

Strike at Yamhill County

About 400 members of Yamhill County Employees Association returned to work with a tentative agreement Nov. 8 after a five-day strike.

Historic SAG-AFTRA strike is over

Screen actors won the right to streaming residuals, and safeguards against abuse of their images through AI.

Fundraiser for film crews recovering from the strike

A rummage sale will feature items used in local TV and movie productions, plus original art and crafts made by crews.

Unions call for halt to conflict in Gaza

Statements issued or signed by over a dozen unions call for an immediate cease-fire in Gaza and the release of hostages taken by Hamas.

Shipyard workers in an uproar over paint damage to cars

An improperly contained cruise ship paint job resulted in paint particles floating almost a half-mile to the employee parking lot.

Welcoming veterans to the trades

Helmets to Hardhats and other groups are ready to help when veterans make the shift to life after military service.

Student workers are making history

Recent campaigns at University of Oregon and Reed College show us that young people are hungry to make change.

Carpenters union dissolves NW regional council

A new Western States Regional Council of Carpenters spans 12 Western states and totals almost 90,000 union members.

City of Portland fined for wrecking bar accident

The Aug. 11 workplace accident sent a metal bar through a City of Portland maintenance worker’s stomach.

UAW wins ‘stunning’ victory at Big Three

One by one, the three auto companies settled record-setting contracts with United Auto Workers, ending a 46-day strike that began Sept. 15.

No labor peace at PeaceHealth

Leading up to a strike by SW Washington hospital techs, management offered bonus pay to get workers to scab against their own coworkers.

$1 billion for Northwest hydrogen infrastructure

An all-union "hydrogen hub" proposal by Oregon, Washington and Montana just got a massive federal commitment.

Vancouver candidate uses fake union bug

Russell Brent, a candidate for Port of Vancouver commissioner, made a big blunder with a tiny logo.

Laborers honor Paul Holvey with new award

The Jodi Guetzloe Parker Legislative Champion Award recognizes state legislators who went above and beyond for the Laborers union.