Mallory Gruben

Mallory Gruben joined the Northwest Labor Press as staff reporter in 2023. Gruben grew up in rural Colorado, where her mom was the president of her letter carriers union local. At Hastings College she earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism, and campaigned successfully to save the student newspaper. Since then, she’s worked at The Daily News in Longview, Washington, freelanced for the Newport News-Times and The Astorian, and served as a local reporter and Report for America corps member at The Daily Herald in Everett, Washington. She helped unionize the newsroom at The Herald with the Pacific Northwest Newspaper Guild.

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.

New ‘Cemex’ rule makes unionizing easier 

It’s the latest measure from the NLRB general counsel Jennifer Abruzzo intended to short-circuit union-busting.

300 more PeaceHealth SW workers go union

The unit would include audiologists, pharmacists, counselors, dieticians, physical therapists, speech-language pathologists, and others.

New contract at Portland Hilton, after two years bargaining

A new agreement with UNITE HERE Local 8 raises wages and restores automatic daily room cleaning at the Hilton and Duniway hotels in Portland. 

The 10 most dangerous jobs

Vehicle accidents and falls caused more than half of on-the-job deaths in 2022. Here are the jobs with the highest rates of fatal injuries.

Killed on the job in 2023

Here are the names of the 66 Oregon and Southwest Washington workers who died on the job or from injuries sustained while working last year.

Increasingly, letter carriers face armed robbery

To counter a 200% increase in robberies of letter carriers in the last six years, lawmakers introduced a new bill at their union's request. 

On a mission to organize every sign shop

One diehard union supporter has played a part in all three sign shops that unionized in the last several years.

Vancouver school districts cut staff amid $54M deficit

Facing multi-million dollar budget deficits, Vancouver’s two school districts are on track to eliminate 402 positions.

Union arts employers pinched by rising rents, falling support

Oregon Symphony is paying 50% more for the Schnitzer, and arts tax funds are being diverted to smaller groups.

Mt. Hood faculty win raises

A new four-year contract raises pay 18-21% for about 150 faculty members represented by the MHCC Faculty Association.

Teacher strike averted at Salem-Keizer schools

Salem-Keizer Education Association represents more than 2,600 teachers in Oregon’s second-largest school district.

Tillamook bus drivers get 5-year contract

The five-year contract with Amalgamated Transit Union Local 757 raises starting wages about 22% and adds Juneteenth as a paid holiday.

Vancouver firm fined in grisly accident is repeat child labor offender

After a 16-year-old lost both legs in a workplace accident, an investigation found Rotschy has committed dozens of child labor law violations. 

OPB reporters unionize

Oregon Public Broadcasting and KMHD Jazz Radio voluntarily recognized SAG-AFTRA as the union for 65 on-air staff, hosts, and reporters. 

Potbelly Sandwich spent $100k to fight union

Potbelly hired Optimal Employee Relations of Henderson, Nevada, about a month before workers voted 9-6 to join Restaurant Workers of Portland.

Afuri restaurant union proves short-lived

In a letter sent to the NLRB, the union acknowledged it no longer had the support of a majority of the restaurant’s 18 workers.

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.

Workplace Wins in Washington: A look at the 2024 legislative session

A bill to extend unemployment benefits to striking workers died, but lawmakers passed other measures to bolster workers rights.

Child labor violations at Vancouver trampoline park

Washington State Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) found that 40 teenage workers at Sky Zone worked more hours than legally allowed.