Unions are about family, community, and workers looking out for one another. In the Building Community section, we report on union volunteer work, charitable activity, and outreach in the community.
Staffed by union volunteers, a Franz Bakery truck served free grilled cheese sandwiches at O’Bryant Square in downtown Portland.
Younger members of Machinists Local Lodge 63 step up big in East Multnomah County.
Some 350 kids and 200 parents got a hot meal, a visit with Santa Claus, gifts, and groceries.
For 77 years, unions affiliated with the Marion-Polk-Yamhill Counties Labor Chapter have hosted a free holiday party for children and their parents and grandparents.
The money was raised at the 27th annual BULL Session golf tournament and auction in September.
The annual drive brings in donations of toys for the children of union members who are out of work or in need.
Over 400 family members and 180 kids turned out for the 32nd annual Breakfast with Santa
For members of IBEW Local 48, setting up power for The Grotto’s Christmas Festival of Lights is a 30-year holiday tradition.
Boeing Machinists are delivering Christmas trees — for a $20 suggested donation — to raise funds for gifts for teenage foster kids in the Gresham area.
Beneficiaries include the AFL-CIO’s DAD’s Day (Dollars Against Diabetes) and children’s charities Holly Ridge Center and Seattle Children’s Hospital.