Don McIntosh

Editor Don McIntosh has been with the Northwest Labor Press since 1998. Born in Baltimore, he moved to Portland in 1985, and first practiced journalism at the Daily Vanguard, Portland State University's student newspaper. After earning a bachelor's in history, he served as an underground union organizer (salt) with Teamsters Local 174 in Seattle. Back in Portland, he wrote for the Portland Business Journal and Willamette Week and was editor of the Portland Alliance, a monthly community newspaper.

Oregon Health and Science University’s wage offer: 0%

Bargaining with about 250 postdoctoral researchers, OHSU's wage offer is remarkable: a three-year contract with raises of 0% each year.

Teamsters declare boycott of Coors

About 420 members of Teamsters Local 997 at the Coors brewery in Fort Worth, Texas, have been on strike since Feb. 17 seeking fair raises.

Blumenauer’s final stand: Cutting back a trade loophole

Nearly a billion packages were mailed directly and duty free from China to U.S. consumers last year, some containing narcotics.

JobCorps crew leaves mark on Oregon Labor Center

Oregon AFL-CIO’s Portland headquarters got a spruce-up in early April thanks to a paint crew from Timber Lake Job Corps in Estacada. 

Outsourced lab workers respond by unionizing

More than 400 health care lab workers at Lab Corporation of America in Oregon and Washington will vote this May whether to join the OFNHP.

New contract at Clarios 

Workers at the Clarios auto battery plant in Canby, Oregon, ratified a new four-year agreement Feb. 20 that limits mandatory overtime. 

Dick Harmon, 1937-2024

Richard Harmon, an influential community organizer and mentor to generations of organizers, died Feb. 6 in Portland.

Workwear for worrisome streets

Workers who maintain City of Portland sewage infrastructure recently received new city-issued workwear: bulletproof vests.

‘¿Justicia para los janitors? Sí señor!’

Union janitors with SEIU Local 49 are protesting a decision at the Brewery Blocks to hire a non-union janitorial firm.

More local unions pass resolutions on Gaza

The latest resolutions call for an end to arming and funding Israel, and for Israel to vacate Gaza and the West Bank.

Biden’s bad dog: a threat to workplace safety

Virginia Foxx — a ferociously anti-union Republican Congresswoman — is investigating workplace safety at the White House.

Raising funds for kids with cancer

A union-sponsored St. Patrick’s Day party will net over $25,000 for Children’s Cancer Association this year once expenses are tallied.

Ethos Music Center to vote on unionizing

Musicians Local 99 seeks to represent 34 teachers and staff at the center, a non-profit children's music school in North Portland.

Fast rise at Bakers Local 114

Taylor Almond was a newborn on her first visit to the Bakers Local 114 office. On March 22, age 29, she was appointed the local’s top officer. 

Mike Sullivan 1947-2024

Mike Sullivan was a tireless advocate for steel and paper mill workers and a dedicated proponent of universal health care.

Boeing back in bargaining – first time in 16 years

In the past Boeing schemed to squeeze concessions out of workers and taxpayers. This year union leaders are looking for a reboot.

Battle breaks out between labor and AGC

It took two years and a state law for building trades unions to bargain a deal with ODOT. Now a contractor group wants to blow it up.

Biden once again touts unions in State of the Union

On March 7, President Joe Biden once again used the widely watched speech as a pulpit to promote labor unions.

Biden announces Postal Board pick: Marty Walsh 

Postal unions are applauding President Biden’s new nominee to serve on the Postal Board of Governors: Marty Walsh.

A labor look at the 2024 Oregon Legislature 

Organized labor notched several legislative wins in the five-week “short session” of the Oregon Legislature that ended March 7.