Culture

Labor Day Picnics return for 2022

After a COVID hiatus, Labor Day picnics organized by central labor councils (CLCs) are mostly back this year and are set for Monday, Sept. 5.

THE PICNIC. IT’S BACK!

IBEW Local 48 members and their families attended the union's annual picnic outside the union hall on Sunday, July 9.

Washington’s best straight truck driver? A Boeing machinist

Carl Gibson will compete in the 'straight truck' category at the National Truck Driving Championships Aug. 16-19 in Indianapolis.

Construction unions push for job site culture shift

Two years after a noose incident on a downtown Portland job site, signs of change are percolating in the construction industry.

SAG Awards set for Feb. 27

Tired of the tedium, the pomposity, the gaffes of the annual Academy Awards? That’s management’s award ceremony.

What do women in construction want? Respectful treatment, like anyone else

Support from their unions, and anti-harassment policies, could make a difference, says the biggest-ever survey of women in construction. 

Iron Workers Local 29 Retirees Club is back to meeting again

Unable to meet for 18 months because of coronavirus restrictions, the group began meeting again this month.

Want diversity in construction? Hire union

Local union apprenticeship programs have had much more success than non-union getting Black, Hispanic, and women workers into construction.

Working Class Literature?

Portland Community College offers an English class about class – the working class.

Safe From Hate panel says culture change is coming in construction

Contractors increasingly say they will sanction hostile and harassing on-the-job behaviors that used to be overlooked or laughed off.

Labor Day picnics cancelled

For the second year in a row, all official Labor Day picnics in Oregon and SW Washignton are cancelled due to the continuing pandemic.

CBS’ Tough As Nails casting Season 4

The reality show celebrates hard-working men and women who aren’t afraid to roll up their sleeves and get their hands dirty.

The Stand: boosting labor and labor’s story

Washington state’s best (and only) news outlet dedicated to unions and working people, The Stand just turned 10.

Union logos get a little love

A new Twitter account dedicated to sharing union logos has quickly developed a fan base in the union Twitter world.

Local cement mason competes in Season 2 of the CBS reality show Tough as Nails

Liz Nichols, a seven-year member of the Operative Plasterers and Cement Masons union, is one of 12 contestants on the show.

Construction coalition plans campaign to end on-the-job harassment of women, minorities

More than 60 union leaders, general contractors, public project owners, trade groups, and others took part in a Dec. 3 Safe From Hate summit.

Labor novel of the year: The Cold Millions, by Jess Walter

The Cold Millions, by bestselling author Jess Walter, chronicles the Wobbly free speech fights of 1909 Spokane.

Unions and contractors ready for Safe from Hate

Portland-area construction unions, contractors and subcontractors will join an industry effort to make workplace culture more welcoming.

Southwest Washington Central Labor Council launches new podcast

Working to Live in Southwest Washington will launch Sept. 5. The plan is to talk with local newsmakers about kitchen table issues.

Spreading the union’s inspiration by air and by internet

A new web project showcases and connects more than four dozen labor podcasts and radio shows from around the nation.