Collective bargaining

Local 11 wins big contract gains at NW Natural

Workers won a commitment to return to a defined benefit pension if details pass muster, plus wage increases totaling 24% over four years.

Springfield hospice nurses settle contract with PeaceHealth

The new agreement raises wages but fails to deliver the demand of the strike: for them to be paid the same as in-hospital nurses.

UFCW Local 555 ends dispute with Kaiser

Five months after Kaiser pharmacy and imaging workers struck in Oregon, UFCW Local 555 says members ratified new four-year agreements.

Tensions rising between NW Natural and union

The utility company informed union workers that it plans to train non-union staff to do their jobs in case there is a strike.

PeaceHealth offer would lock in lower pay for home care

Home care RNs have a critical decision to make: agree to be paid less than hospital nurses, or go on strike a second time for equal pay. 

United Auto Workers wins big at Daimler Trucks North America

A new four-year contract will raise wages more than 25% and end an unfair “two-tier” wage system that pays new hires less than senior workers.

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.

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. 

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. 

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.

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.

Starbucks says it wants labor peace

After two years of organizing and strikes by baristas, Starbucks announced Feb. 27 that it wants a reset with Starbucks Workers United.

Low-paid library workers fed up in Vancouver

They make $16.28 an hour. The director makes $195,000. Library workers mob the board to say it’s time for a raise.

Home care nurse strike ends without deal

PeaceHealth hired strikebreakers to temporarily replace home health and hospice nurses during the strike.

Trades workers ratify contract at Home Forward

The three-year contract covers 56 trades workers. It raises starting pay $9 an hour on average and adds new safety provisions. 

Portland Sign Co. signs first union contract

Portland Sign Co. became the second company to sign a union contract with IBEW Local 48, and a third may be close behind.

Strike Stories

2023 was the biggest strike year in decades. We asked readers who struck last year to tell what it was like.