HTML archives, 1997-2011

The Northwest Labor Press — founded in 1900 — has been online since 1997. Today we use the WordPress content management system, which treats articles like database entries; they’re searchable using the box at the right. But prior to 2011, each article had its own html page. We continue to make those pages available, and they’re searchable using the Google search form here.

The html pages below contain links to the top news articles from each print issue — all the way back to March 1997.


June 17, 2011
ILWU protests spread of non-union waterfront • Rogue Ales puts chill on Teamsters Union campaign • NLRB sees unprecedented political interference in Boeing case • SEIU Local 503 adds 7,700 members to become Oregon’s largest union • We’ve been green for decades, construction unions tell lawmakers • Steelworkers ratify pact at Georgia-Pacific’s Wauna mill • Wu bill would speed benefits for workers who lose jobs to trade • Unions for Kids poker run raises $50,000 for children’s hospital • NOLC recognizes 16 individuals, 4 groups • Laborers Local 320 re-elects Dave Tischer • Vancouver Laborers Local 335 re-elects Dave Ritchey

June 3, 2011
Thousands at Capitol rally for ‘Better Way’ • Union workers under grave threat from Walmart expansion • Merkley and Murray to NLRB: Don’t cave to GOP pressure • Activists tell grain exporter to ‘Respect the Union Waterfront’ • Union battles continue in Wisconsin and state by state • Agencies dear to labor mostly spared cuts by Oregon Legislature • EEOC targets companies that used H2B visas to traffic foreign workers • Local voters mostly reject union picks in Oregon’s May 17 election • NALC food drive nearly 1.4 million pounds in Oregon and SW Washington

May 20, 2011
Faith leaders talk ‘labor’ • Anti-union campaign causes Portland French School to close • Portland Jobs with Justice turns 20 • Mt. Hood College, faculty reach last-minute deal • Card to lead Letter Carriers state association • Chamberlain appointed to Port Commission

May 6, 2011
2,500 rally for jobs and the middle class • Koch brothers presence felt in Northwest • Dosha salon hired Bob Tiernan to handle bargaining • NLRB investigates rash of worker firings for NLRB posts • UFCW’s Witt explores possible congressional race against Wu • Airport screeners vote 85 percent to unionize • Union and proud: Gay rights leader bridges two movements • Schrader: Yes to Korea trade treaty, no to union-backed TRADE Act • Oregon labor leaders to Congress: End the war • May 17 ballot measures could put union members to work • UA Local 290 ratifies new three-year contract • Transit union dispute with TriMet may not settle until spring 2012 • I-5 bridge design gets thumbs up from construction unions • Seattle theaters showcase their union support

April 15, 2011
Dosha workers unite • Thousands gather in Pacific Northwest for ‘We Are One’ rallies • US Bank gets use of state funds, but nicks unemployed wiht fees • Labor scrambles to find ways to lessen state budget cuts • The most dangerous jobs in America • Work-related fatalities drop in Oregon, spike in Washington • Ergonomics consultants help prevent injuries • Judge rules on Sizemore suit against unions • Machinists reel in cash for guide dogs

April 1, 2011
GOP mounting attacks on unions nationwide • Buy America policy boosts manufacturing; more needed • Congressman Wu tells labor he’ll oppose Korea trade agreement • Columbian newspaper boycott presses forward • Oregon legislature passes unemployment extension • Unions raise $15,995 for MDA • Oregon AFSCME recommits to message of solidarity • Richards elected to third term as head of OPEIU Local 11

March 18, 2011
Wisconsin governor’s union-busting ignites backlash • The new face of labor? At Dosha salon, 155 workers will vote on union • Hundreds rally in Salem for jobs and solidarity • Portland teachers ratify new contract but face gauntlet of critics • Why workers fell out of love with Boeing • Bills banning collective bargaining die in Washington Legislature • Oregon Legislature weighs labor-backed bills as 2011 session progresses • High school students get lessons in pipe trades at UA training center • Bodendorfer elected new business rep at Elevator Constructors

March 4, 2011
We are all Wisconsin: Nationwide fightback • Spirit of Wisconsin at Oregon rallies • Mr. President: Americans can’t afford another
job-killing trade deal • Labor officials attend Obama Intel visit • Building trades miffed at Metro for bypassing Shiprack •
Postal workers, customers testify before Workers’ Rights Board • Danner Boot lays off 90

February 18, 2011
Union pension funds invest $22 million in Coquille hospital • New book brings to life MLK’s dreams of economic justice • OSHA pulls rule on reporting ergonomics injuries • Unions call for boycott of Columbian newspaper • SEIU 49 scores Oregon’s biggest private-sector win in decades

February 4, 2011
Conciliator has TriMet and ATU talking after threat of strike • For Valentine’s Day, choose union-made and shun sweatshop products • Single-payer summit draws 400 • Bill proposes to add bereavement to Family Leave Act • Union spy finds kidnap ring in second mystery novel • Book depicts mid-century millworkers at Crown Zellerbach • AFSCME 189 elects Hussey president

January 21, 2011
Plumbers Local 290 defends ‘broomball’ title vs. Fire Fighters • Fired teacher at Portland French School reinstated • U.S.-Korea trade deal draws protests in Portland, Eugene • Union pilots at Evergreen Airlines authorize strike • UNITE HERE warns of possible labor disputes at Portland and Seattle hotels • Narrow majority votes to join SEIU 49 at St. Charles Medical Center in Bend • Unions prepare to defend working families agenda in Salem • Conciliator called in to resolve ATU dispute at TriMet • Major union contracts coming up for negotiation in 2011 • Advocates of single-payer health system feature Conyers at Portland forum • Portlander Veda Shook rises to top job in flight attendants union • Iron Workers Local 29 elects leaders • Shiprack seeks open Metro seat • Kitzhaber taps Shepard for labor adviser • IBEW’s Malbin to co-chair prevailing wage advisory panel

January 7, 2011
Machinists and Woodworkers consolidate • New health care law starts
to affect union health trusts • Labor applauds Clackamas County
for funding Sellwood bridge project • Washington State Labor Council
leaders pass the baton • YEAR IN REVIEW: A look back at some top
local labor stories of 2010

December 17, 2010
Kulongoski report takes aim at state employees’ compensation • Delta
remains non-union as fourth group votes to reject unionization •
The U.S. political system has been hijacked by rich, political scientists
say • Help is out there for long-term unemployed • Union volunteers
build home for injured Iraq war veteran • AFSCME’s Ridderbusch named
to governor-elect’s transition team • Pre-apprentice program offers
direct entry into Carpenters • BULL Session golf tournament raises
$300,000 for kids charities

December 3, 2010
Poor economy leads to layoffs at OR-OSHA • Mohlis, Byrd named to
governor-elect’s transition team • Machinists Union loses Delta
elections; complaint filed • Voters in four states ban union ‘card-check’
• Bend Area Transit terminates union leader • Apollo Alliance
honors Bob Baugh • PSU students help preserve Transit Union Local
757’s history • IBEW and NECA light up the Grotto, once again

November 19, 2010
Transit union pickets TriMet board meeting • AFL-CIO poll: Voters
punished Dems, but no mandate for GOP • Shop for union-made goods
this holiday season – and year-round! • Merkley will push
for rule change to end filibuster abuse • Labor vote makes the difference
in tight Oregon races • Delta flight attendants say ‘no’ to union
• Free Geek employees vote to join Portland CWA Local 7901 •
Portland Public Schools $548 million bond could put trades union members
to work

November 5, 2010
Oregon, Washington labor weigh election results • Back to work:
Intel to spend nearly $4 billion to build new Hillsboro fab • Fired
pro-union teacher turns down two years salary to settle case • Big
Pipe project wraps up ahead of schedule • Home for the holidays:
There ARE union travel options • Transit union 757 pushes back against
TriMet • Saturday mail delivery to continue – for now • Silver
Eagle to lay off 55 Machinists • Machinists host seminar on home
foreclosures

October 15, 2010
Labor pulling hard for Kitzhaber • Unions battle for/against Washington
ballot measures • 32,000 Delta/Northwest airline workers vote on
union • DCTU reaches tentative contract with City of Portland •
ATU balks at TriMet plan to impose contract • Construction union
icon Bob Shiprack retires after 25 years • Single mom, former waitress
to lead SEIU Local 503 • Transit Union delegates pick Hanley over
Oregonian Ron Heintzman • Union-made Halloween candy • Oregon
and Portland-area building trades get all new slate of officers •
U.S. House bill recognizes Labor Press

October 1, 2010
Organized labor with one voice: ‘Give Congress Heck!’ • Bashing
teacher unions: AFT talks back • City of Portland worker contract
bargaining enters mediation • Union electrician runs for Oregon
House • CWA’s Bonnie Kelsch retires after 44 years in printing trades

September 17, 2010
Union “Jobs Tour” comes to Portland, Vancouver • New hand
at the helm of Columbia-Pacific Building Trades • Free trade deal
with Korea will cost U.S. jobs • Obama hasn’t lived up to campaign
promises on trade • Portland French School broke law to fight union
• What Obama could do for workers without Congress • DeFazio
tells Building Trades: More infrastructure investment needed • Oregon
AFL-CIO youth group gets official start • SEIU locals back Collymore

September 3, 2010
Portland ‘jobs’ town hall meeting with Trumka and Kitzhaber draws over
500 • Mohlis to succeed Shiprack at Oregon State Building Trades
Council • Fired BrucePac workers reinstated • PLUS: Northwest
Labor Press 110th anniversary issue

August 20, 2010
UFCW marches for justice in The Dalles • Pelosi touts retrofit program
as stimulus success • SEIU’s new leader warns of ‘coordinated attack’
on public workers • Oregon Working Families Party runs Senate candidate
• I-5 Bridge Sponsors Council favors 10-lane span • Fate of
Portland’s ‘voter-owned elections’ in hands of voters • Washington
State Labor Council issues new set of endorsements • Holliday re-elected
business manager of Operating Engineers Local 701

August 6, 2010
Decision nears over closure of PGE Boardman coal plant • Casino
supporters say valid signatures were tossed; judge agrees to hearing •
City draws road map for new marine terminal • Unions weigh in on
Washington primary races • City of Portland tries to pry concessions
from workers, including overtime • Leupold & Stevens worker
gets back pay, but firing chills Machinists campaign • ATU Local
757 contract at TriMet likely to be determined by arbitrator • Endorsements:
AFL endorses Schrader • AFSCME backs Hughes; SEIU for Kitzhaber
• Davis re-elected business manager of IBEW Local 48 • Carpenter
starts union homebuilder business

July 16, 2010
Portland postal workers rally to save Saturday delivery • Daimler
Trucks drops wage cut demands, signs new three-year contracts •
Union pension plans get more time to recover under newly-passed law •
Common, and illegal: Rules that ban coworker wage discussions break labor
law • Senator Ron Wyden: Bush agenda may resurface if labor sits
out election • Oregon delegates take part in momentous AFSCME convention
• Musicians Local 99’s Fife elected international VP • Burns
named director of Labor’s Community Service Agency

July 2, 2010
AFSCME crew spend furlough day cleaning up river trash • Heintzman
tapped as president of ATU international union • Trained home energy
workers waiting for jobs • Food service workers at Convention Center
authorize strike against Aramark • NLRB seeks injunction against
BrucePac • This just in: DOL wins back pay for Umatilla workers,
six months ago • UFCW Local 555 to hold job actions at Fred Meyer
stores • Safeway plant sanitors join Bakers Union • AFL-CIO
leaders get earful at first-ever youth summit • Hughes, Smith pick
up union endorsements • AFL-CIO’s Shepard exits Metro race

June 18, 2010
Transit Union Local 757 sounds alarm to ‘Save Our Ride’ • Building
trades unions squawk at Ducks’ no-bid contracting • WSLC-backed
Pridemore quits congressional race • Postal unions oppose move to
eliminate Saturday mail service • SEIU Local 503 director Frane
takes DC job for SEIU international • Motorcycle poker run raises
$50,000

June 4, 2010
Primary results: Kitzhaber vs Dudley for Oregon governor • State
faces more budget woes • Building trades collecting signatures for
private casino • Stimulus funds will help Portland schools with
‘green’ retrofits • ATU Local 757 files harassment complaints against
Bend Area Transit contractor • BrucePac appeals order to reinstate
fired union supporters • Convention Center servers cry foul as Aramark
pockets their tips • Reliant Elevator acquired by Kone • Opposition
to Arizona’s immigration enforcement law continues to grow

May 21, 2010
Laborers take BrucePac dispute to next stage • Union pension funds
face slow-motion crisis • Will Congress come to the rescue of multiemployer
pension funds? • Oregon’s Worker Freedom Act survives court challenge
• Building trades back bid for private casino • Two proposed
construction projects in Oregon shelved • Five unfair labor practice
complaints filed against Portland French School • Glass Workers
139B wages one-week strike at Vancouver Iron & Steel • Flute
Fandango wants to set Guinness record • Pridemore nabs AFL-CIO endorsement
for Congress • Nesbitt to be governor’s chief of staff • Springfield
Roofers merge with Local 49 of Portland • Glenn Shuck retires

May 7, 2010
Historic workers comp reform reaches milestone • Labor-friendly
Democrats square off in governor’s race • NLRB rules BrucePac firings
broke federal law • Building trades’ Mohlis to recuse himself from
vote on PDC office lease • Portland-based Carpenters Local 247 placed
under supervision • Washington legislative session a mixed bag for
labor • Machinists endorse Castillo, Wu, Holvey, Riggs-Henson

April 16, 2010
Judge expresses doubts about Worker Freedom lawsuit • Health insurance
reform: How will it affect union members? • Iron Workers ‘top out’
new Kaiser Medical Center • Working Families Party aims to ramp
up in 2010 • Unions to remember fallen workers at memorial service
in Salem April 28 • Ergonomic regulation reform put on the back
burner • Senator Murray: I-5 bridge decision must be made quickly
• Senator Cantwell: Jobs are priority number one • Clark County
Clerk Parker announces re-election bid

April 2, 2010
Federal judge to hear challenge to Oregon’s Worker Freedom Act •
Unions protest Postal Service plan to eliminate Saturday mail service
• Congress passes massive health insurance reform • Details
of BrucePac anti-union campaign come out in lawsuit • Steelworkers
in McMinnville give up raise to extend contract • Wealthy will pay
more if Bush tax cuts expire in 2010 as scheduled • More endorsements
from organized labor: City, County, and governor

March 19, 2010
Walmart tops list of Oregon businesses with employees receiving public
assistance • Congress nears vote on health insurance reform bill
• Trumka calls new jobs bill ‘a Band-Aid on an amputated limb’•
NLRB grinds to a halt as U.S. Senate fails to confirm • Joblessness
worse than stats reveal • Candidates pick up labor endorsements
for May primary • Lane County Labor Council’s Pat Riggs-Henson retires

March 5, 2010
Delivery after dark: Shortstaffing forces letter carriers to deliver at
night • Stimulus act, one year later: Q&A with Oregon Congressman
Peter DeFazio • Labor counts successes and setbacks in Oregon Legislature
special session • Congressman Schrader says he supports NAFTA-style
trade deal with South Korea • Piedmont Post Office dedicated in
honor of Martin Luther King Jr. • NOLC backs incumbents; AFSCME
88 issues endorsements in County races; Carpenters go for Kitzhaber •
Portland school teachers reach tentative contract •Marion Polk Yamhill
Labor Council and Clark Skamania West Klickitat Labor Council install
new officers

February 19, 2010
Oregon construction workers demand jobs legislation • Senate abuse
of filibuster hobbles union-backed legislation • Union tracking
jobs bills in Washington Legislature • Attorney general seeks labor’s
help cracking down on underground economy • Exterior/Interior specialists
ratify new contract • Vote makes it final: Laurelhurst Village will
be a union nursing home • Portland school teachers reach tentative
contract • Bargaining opens between DCTU, City of Portland •
CWA Local 7901’s Linda Rasmussen hangs it up

February 5, 2010
Tax increases on wealthy and corporations win in landslide • A labor
‘look back’ over Obama’s first year in office • Labor’s message
to lawmakers: Good Jobs, Now! • UFCW Local 555 ratifies Portland
grocery pacts • Portland parking meter techs win fight against outsourcing
• Soccer stadium deal comes with union neutrality and living wage
commitments • Housing Authority to import windows for apartment
weatherization project • Labor bills in the mix as lawmakers return
to Salem • Honduran union leaders tells of labor’s struggle against
coup • Airport screeners in nationwide campaign to unionize •
Attorney general tells Labor Law crowd he will fight to defend Worker
Freedom Act • PGE proposes to change — or close — Boardman
coal plant • Kitzhaber picks up more union endorsements •
Driving in Oregon? Keep your hands off your phone • Electrical Workers
Minority Caucus meets, and volunteers, in Portland • Laborers’ Gary
Moore re-elected to Portland Metal Trades Council post

January 15, 2010
Portland-area UFCW members dropped from Kaiser Permanente coverage •
Opponents prefer to glide past facts of tax increase measures 66 and 67
• Umatilla demilitarization workers get $3.7 million back pay •
After 18 months, Portland Public School teachers still without contract
• More Steelworkers laid off at Cascade Steel • Merkley amendment
to health reform bill levels construction playing field • Daimler
gets $40 million to develop fuel-efficient trucks • Sheet Metal
Training Center gets piece of $5 million ARRA grant

January 1, 2010
Ballot measures 66 and 67: Taxing the top tier • Year in review:
2009 in organized labor • Lying by numbers • U.S. Chamber
of Commerce sues to halt Worker Freedom Act

December 18, 2009
Labor in the room at Copenhagen climate talks • Pressure mounts for
further government action on jobs • Nurses unions merge • How
to shop union this holiday season • Carhartt discontinues ‘Made in
USA’ apparel program • Trade justice campaign continues • Oregon
AFL-CIO makes earlly legislative endorsements • AFSCME’s Pat Riggs-Henson
seeks Lane County board seat • Jaimie Sorenson sworn in as new president
of AFSCME Local 328 • Jim Cook elected president of NALC Branch 82
• Slow economy doesn’t dampen union member giving • B.U.L.L.
Session raises $311,000 for kids’ charities

December
4, 2009

Congress closes in on health care reform • BrucePac faces NLRB charges
in mass firing of pro-union workers • Laurelhurst nursing home now
a union shop • Portland renews use of prison labor in parks •
Bill and Cindy Sizemore indicted for tax evasion • ‘Next Waver’ Hanna
installed as president of AFSCME Local 88 • After 40+ years, secretary
says goodbye to Machinists Union

November 20, 2009
WTO, 10 years later • Umatilla chemical depot workers to get $3.6
million back pay • Labor reacts to Washington election results •
Geek Squad union eleciton cancelled

November 6, 2009
Tensions escalate at Fred Meyer stores • Boeing rejects Machinists
‘no strike’ offer • Wages down in two new Carpenters contracts •
Fire at SEIU Local 49 headquarters being investigated as arson • Teachers
unions file lawsuit against Bill Sizemore and Loren Parks • Geek Squad
workers in fight for right to join IBEW Local 48 • Murder tale brings
Northwest labor history back to life • Pete Savage resigns from Regional
Council of Carpenters • AFSCME Local 88 president won’t seek re-election
• LNG-motivated recall vote held in Clatsop County • Oregon
AFL-CIO: Labor must target younger workers; state fed rates state lawmakers

October 16, 2009
Portland City Council gets earful from AFSCME • Boeing uses jobs to
pressure government and union for concessions • Union members, cardiac
resuscitation device, help save a life • Vancouver area labor council
issues general election endorsements • IBEW 48 health trust may drop
Fred Meyer as prescription drug manager • Dorothy Lyman clocks out
after 31 years at Iron Workers Local 516 • Union volunteers help in
campaign to quash Washington tax initiative

October
2, 2009

Daimler changes its mind: Portland Freightliner plant won’t close for now
• Business groups force vote on tax hike on corporations and the rich
• New Portland ordinance will help construction unions get into residential
‘green’ jobs • Portland in line for ‘Emerald City’ green jobs pilot
program • AFT’s Lincoln pursues potential House vacancy • Multi-employer
pension plans still not out of woods • Joblessness continues to rise
• Plans scrapped for Oregon Convention Center hotel

September
18, 2009

Kitzhaber gets early labor backing • Youth movement: Labor ponders
how to bring in the young • LERC professor Lafer will advise U.S.
House labor panel • Commissioners in Clatsop County face recall effort
for supporting LNG plant • Workers at Oregon University System reach
agreement on two-year contract • Steelworkers Union organizes recycling
firm • UNITE HERE Local 9 workers hit by Portland Hilton closures
• SEIU’s Crider leaves organized labor • Portland Labor Day
picnic draws crowd of elected leaders • Group wants to revitalize
construction partnership

September
4, 2009

Straight talk on the proposed health reform • Health care reform:
Where do Oregon lawmakers stand? • Operating Engineers Local 701 and
Carpenters form alliance • Oregon AFL-CIO’s Shepard runs for open
Metro board seat • Steelworker elected to lead Northwest Oregon Labor
Council • Clark Skamania Klickitat CLC endorsed candidates advance
to November election • Hundreds rally in Portland to support health
insurance reform

August
21, 2009

Washington AFL-CIO delegates say ‘no more business as usual’ • Oregon
construction unions worried about outlook for work • Management raises
at Multnomah County irk AFSCME Local 88 • Members of Laborers 320
ratify first deal with Oregon Child Development Coalition

August
7, 2009

Fred Meyer goes green? • Stimulus dollars trickle slowly to local
union workforce, if at all • Employee Free Choice Act still on track,
but delayed • Washington AFL-CIO proposes to overhaul its approach
to politics • Washington State Labor Council ranks state lawmakers
• Nursing home pays cash settlement to fired pro-union receptionist
• Steelworkers Local 8378 protests as Cascade Steel cancels recall
• Hazardous work motivates IBEW commitment to Burn Center •
Public employees’ shared sacrifice leads to tentative deal at State of Oregon
• AFSCME 328 reaches new contract at OHSU • City of Portland
unions demand to bargain over layoffs, reorganizing at BDS • Labor
Council in Vancouver makes picks for August primary election • Tackett
nominated to take helm at labor council • Longtime Bakers Local 14
rep Gene Beaudoin to retire; Shad Clark hired

July
17, 2009

New streetcars union-made in America • Proposal to put Fred Meyer
on Unfair List is tabled • WSLC convention expected to rethink relationship
to Democrats • AFT trustees Kaiser nurses Local 5017 • OPEIU
Local 11 members at NW Natural ratify pact • Working Families Party
helps pass bill to start ‘fusion voting’ • For some union-backed bills
in the Oregon Legislature – better luck next time • Governor
signs Oregon AFL-CIO’s top-priority bill • Former Oregonian runs for
number-two national AFL-CIO office • IBEW 280 votes Frew business
manager

July
3, 2009

Labor’s agenda made progress as Oregon Legislature adjourns • Union
foes file initiative petition to ban card check • Former ATU 757 head
Ron Heintzman to take number two post in international • ‘Keep Portland
Wired’ billboards promote IBEW 48 • O’Connor to retire from Northwest
Oregon Labor Council • Siemens closes; 43 IBEW jobs lost • NOLC
the latest union group to back single payer • Optimistic Oregon AFL-CIO
looks ahead • Sheet Metal 16 re-elects Phillips business manager

June
19, 2009

Congress close to passing Employee Free Choice Act • Bill bans mandatory
anti-union meetings • CWA launches organizing drive at Oregonian mailroom
• Public employees march • Labor board agrees nursing home fired
Lehr for union activity • Portland City Council pledges to Buy American
• Oregon ‘card-check’ law hasn’t led to increase in unionizing •
Poker Run raises cash for kids • Jon Hunt wins second term at ATU
Local 757 • At IBEW 280, Tim Nicol loses re-election bid; Caster,
Frew in runoff • Rives elected president of AFT-Oregon

June
5, 2009

What ever happened to retirement? • Unions say Wyden’s health care
bill is “sick” • Labor at the table in cap and trade debate
• SEIU’s Dale takes job in Geneva; Local 49 names Niemi president
• OPEIU Local 11 members at NW Natural reject contract • Transit
Union says CherryLift strike appears imminent • Vancouver city employees
forego cost-of-living raises for two years • Worker Freedom Act gets
new life in Oregon Legislature • Oregon unionists come up short in
public elections • AFSCME criticizes Portland Police Department cuts
• Mayor reappoints Building Trades leader to PDC • Cecil Tibbetts
returns to AFSCME — in Washington

May
15, 2009

Nursing home worker fired after joining union campaign • Legislature
rattles Washington labor movement • “Buy American” campaign
scores legal successes • Oregon AFL-CIO’s top bill, the Worker Freedom
Act, gets shelved in committee • Champions of single payer health
care meet in Portland • Union members running for seats in May 19
special election

May
1, 2009

Campaign at DePaul shows how hard it is to unionize under current U.S. labor
law • Fred Meyer remodels stores nonunion, stymies UFCW in The Dalles
• Rep. Wu doubtful Congress will reform health care system with single-payer
plan • Nurse associations from Oregon and Washington help launch new
union

April
17, 2009

Millions of workers exposed to ‘dirty diesel’ • SolarWorld gets tax
breaks while dumping union workforce • Retired Painter named ‘Firefighter
of the Year’ • NECA-IBEW, other businesses acknowledged at Oregon
safety forum • Governor to dedicate new Fallen Workers Memorial

April
3, 2009

Schism widens between labor and Washington Democrats • Asbestos-related
cancer claims labor icon Earl Kirkland • Labor on the scene as Oregon
Legislature reaches halfway mark • More Steelworkers laid off at Cascade
Rolling Mills • Carpenters Local 247 elects Willie Gore president
• Merkley appoints Ed Hall labor liaison • Stacy Breunig tapped
administrator of IAM/Boeing Joint Programs • Labor protests corporate
excess

March
20, 2009

Portland construction crew ‘tip’ turns into cash for kids • Washington’s
top Democrats kill priority labor bill • Teamsters strike ends at
Oak Harbor Freight, but dispute continues • Judge bans Bill Sizemore
from involvement with charities • Multnomah County AFSCME unit approves
wage freeze • University of Portland business students volunteer to
work for union • Oregon retirees alliance elects new officers

March
6, 2009

USW cheers Buy American clause in stimulus package • Weak economy
hits Oregon state budget hard • Washington governor reneges on union
contract, prompting lawsuit • AFSCME 88 offers wage freeze to prevent
Multnomah County layoffs • What’s killing U.S. manufacturing? Hint:
It’s not what you’ve been hearing • Q&A with Jeff Merkley •
T-Mobile puts chill on union organizing campaign • Economist tells
Bricklayers Union growing labor movement will boost economy • UA 290
health fair offers medical screenings to members • Ground broken on
Fallen Workers Memorial in Salem • TriMet’s new WES train is a union
operation

February
20, 2009

Congress passes stimulus package • Elections Division opens investigation
on Sizemore • SEIU offers wage freeze to ease state budget crisis
• Teamsters at Oak Harbor Freight offer to return to work •
Business-labor group to hold lobby day in Salem for liquefied natural gas
• God may or may not take sides in labor disputes, but ‘Father Bob’
does • Al Panek retires; Wyden names Smith Warner new labor liaison

February 6, 2009
Ironworkers help IBEW 48 go green • Recession deepens, but help is
on the way, elected leaders say • Labor has full plate before Washington
Legislature • Campaign at Oregon bakery shows need for Employee Free
Choice Act • U.S. union ranks grow despite tough economy • Dennis
steps down as president of Carpenters local, regional council • Labor
says replace I-5 bridge now • Labor councils elect leadership

January 16, 2009
Union jobs cut at Daimler • Boeing to lay off 4,500 workers •
Vancouver Fire Fighters give up wage hikes to help cash-strapped city coffers
• Government solar projects skirt prevailing wage laws • SEIU
demands ‘McJustice’ • Endicott re-elected business manager of UA Local
290

January 2, 2009
Labor maps out goals for 2009 Legislature • Workers’ Compensation
Division adopts final rule for medical fees

December 19, 2008

An Oak Harbor Christmas • GOP slams labor, derails auto rescue package
• Bill Sizemore released from jail — but not from legal woes
• Third group of child care workers joins Laborers Local 320

December
5, 2008

Buy union this holiday season – and keep it local • Bill Sizemore
jailed on contempt of court charges • State hospital job off to a
bad start • Organizing drive at Oregon Steel Mills falls short •
Oregon AFL-CIO prioritizes ’09 state legislative agenda • Cash needed
to complete Workers Memorial in Salem • Clay takes helm at UFCW Local
555 • After 32-year career, Pronovost retires from UFCW Local 555
• Bakers Local 114 re-elects Lansing, Beaudoin, Clark

November
21, 2008

Unions say stimulus package needs cash for infrastructure • Labor
trounces Bill Sizemore proposals … again • Union members made
a difference Nov. 4 • Labor’s Election Day scorecard • DHL closure
impacts Oregon Teamsters; layoffs hurt other unions

November
7, 2008

Labor celebrates election night victories • Daimler says ‘bye, bye’
to making trucks in Portland • Solidarity leads to new Machinists
contract at Boeing • Steelworkers win extension in card-check
campaign at Oregon Steel • Oregon’s largest private-sector union elects
new leaders • Second group of child care workers joins Laborers 320
• Portland passes first ‘sweatshop free’ ordinance in the Pacific
Northwest • Last 100 years mostly ‘up’ for Elevator Constructors •
New Apollo program calls for massive investment in green jobs • UNITE
HERE seeks City’s help dealing with Vancouver Hilton • Carpenters
Food Bank logs 25 years helping others • Workers’ comp division files
proposed rules on medical fees to care providers

October
17, 2008

Carrying the Vote: Union workers handle, count ballots • When Wall
Street stumbles, others pick up the tab • Labor opposes ‘top two’
primary • Steelworkers mount union campaign at Oregon Steel •
Union-sponsored Oregon Working Families Party runs candidate on ballot

October
3, 2008

Turbulence continues between IAM, Boeing • PDC staffers ratify first
union contract • Health insurance preiums rise • America
the Unequal: EPI finds a nation polarizing economically • PDC elects
John Mohlis secretary

September
19, 2008

Job security key in strike by Boeing Machinists • Who’s best for workers:
Merkley or Smith? • Labor group steps up campaign to counter anti-union
TV ads

September
5, 2008

Union electrician speaks out about unsafe work in Iraq • Why labor
is getting behind Barack Obama • Oregon Building Trades Council stays
out of U.S. Senate race • In Washington state, labor-backed candidates
make cut in ‘Top 2′ primary • Labor activists foil plans for a Portland
stop on national anti-union bus tour • Curtain falls on AFL-CIO Union
Industries Show • Permanent Workers’ Memorial to be built at Salem
Capitol Mall • Fire Fighters union joins forces to help returning
war veterans find jobs

August
15, 2008

Anti-union ads target Congressional candidates • State of the unions
• Rules change in workers’ comp medical fees could harm injured workers
• Oregon unions oppose slew of ballot measures • Washington
AFL-CIO convention focuses on politics • Boeing Machinists take a
strike vote, contract expires Sept. 3 • New contract at Cascade General;
new officers at Metal Trades Council

August
1, 2008

Caregivers of migrant children join Laborers Local 320 • Sizemore
operation faces new forgery allegations • AFL-CIO engaged in Washington’s
top-two primary • WSLC to convene in Vancouver • Labor
at table in U.S. plans to slow global warming • Charles Lewis gets
labor council endorsement in Portland city council election • AFSCME
Local 88 endorses Shiprack for Multnomah County Commission • SEIU
Local 49 finalizes contract covering 1,900 Portland janitors • Portland
area grocery pacts expire, UFCW braces for war • Group presses Oregon
to enact ‘sweat-free’ policy • ‘Unity Team’ goal is to aid in organizing

July
18, 2008

Vancouver cop reinstated after two years off the job • Oregon Supreme
Court upholds unions’ case against Sizemore • Labor helps resuscitate
debate on health care reform • Government agencies okay bridge plan,
but conditions are attached • PDC elects John Mohlis secretary

July
4, 2008

Think it’s easy to form a union? Think again • Students replace full-time
Portland school custodians • Workers at Vancouver Hilton Hotel get
first contract with UNITE HERE Local 9 • Legal settlement returns
union organizer to bakery
June
20, 2008

Experienced mixer adds ‘salt’ to nonunion bakery • Film crew documents
postal security breaches by Beaverton contract carrier •
Big choices
ahead devising health care plan to cover all Oregonians • Bargaining
continues for first contract at Vancouver Hilton • Carpenters strike
Robinson construction

June
6, 2008

Retired Labor Press editor and columnist Gene Klare dies • Latest
anti-union ads target Jeff Merkley •
UNITE HERE Local 9 gets contract at Portland Hilton • Sizemore held
in contempt of court • Union-built Cascade Grain ethanol plant up
and running • Building trades unions say: “Enough talk. Build
the bridge now” • Steelworkers ratify new contract at Cascade
Steel • ATU gets tentative deal at Bend Transit • Labor agency
suspends ‘Helping Hands’ program • Union backing makes difference
in state and federal races • Obama wins Oregon Democratic primary
• Building trades endorsements get mixed results • Labor-backed
candidates do well in Portland metro area

May
16, 2008

ILWU shuts ports on May Day to protest war • Initiatives dogged
by suspicions •
How time flies: Building trades council turns 100 • Union members
don’t just vote — they run for office • Machinists, Boeing
open contract talks • Steelworkers tentative deal at Cascade Steel
Rolling Mills may unravel • Bend newspaper spurns union ad supporting
bus drivers • Alliance for Retired Americans keeps retirees current
• Labor agency suspends ‘Helping Hands’ program

May
2, 2008

Union adversary Bill Sizemore poised for comeback • Three union-friendly
Democrats in running for Oregon secretary of state •
Lifelong
union activist Michael Dembrow campaigns hard for House seat • AFT
turns up heat in nurse union campaign at Legacy • City of Portland
workers get chance to help elect their own bosses • Connie Ashbrook:
Bringing women to the trades • Classified employees ratify four-year
contract at Portland School District • Columbia-Pacific Building
Trades Council backs several local candidates

April
18, 2008

Labor will honor workers killed on the job • Oregon hashing out
details of universal health insurance requirement •
NAFTA-style
deal with Colombia taken off fast track • Asbestos continues to
sicken, kill U.S. workers • War protest May 1 could shut down ports
• Bus drivers’ union steers industry toward healthier workplace
• Proposed Worker Memorial slowed by hefty fee requirement •
Highly profitable steel mil asks workers to take wage freeze • Plumbers
apprentice coordinator Bob Kimes retires; Mike Pollock will succeed him

April
4, 2008

Boycott of downtown Portland Hilton picks up steam • National health
care may be on the horizon •
Colombia Free Trade Agreement expected to get vote in Congress •
AFL-CIO issues endorsements in races for attorney general and U.S. Congress
• Building trades union council endorses Gordon Smith in primary
• Northwest Oregon Labor Council supports Sam Adams for Portland
mayor • In race for Oregon attorney general, labor on both sides
• Card-check union campaigns aren’t flooding Oregon with new members
• Kitzhaber asks unions to help reform U.S. health care system •
Working America expands in Oregon • Elevator Constructors Local
23 returns Regalado to top leadership position

March
21, 2008

Gardner resigns as labor commissioner; governor appoints Brad Avakian
• IBEW launches union campaign at Comcast •
Union electricians,
contractors come to the aid of family of fallen soldier • Portland
school board members show true colors in contract vote • Oregon
AFSCME backs Obama • Promoting ‘green collar’ jobs is focus of LERC’s
new STAR Fund

March
7, 2008

Union helps students train for robotics competition • Postal workers
say mail is being processed without anthrax-sniffing machines •
Oregon’s
special legislative session wraps up with only minor achievements •
U.S. trade deficit with China zooms • Building Trades charter school
will open this fall • Grocery, meat workers wrap up more contracts
• Portland Public Schools bus drivers ratify contract • Bakers
Local 114 holds job fair for nonunion crew • Part-time PSU profs
get

February
15, 2008

OSEA joins American Federation of Teachers • Portland Public Schools
backs off hardline stance •
Labor has short agenda for legislative session in Salem • AFL-CIO
backs mortgage reforms • Labor ally Hooley to leave Congress •
Underpaid professors plan to picket PSU • LERC to celebrate 30th
anniversary March 7 • Labor battling in Washington Legislature —
sometimes with Democrats • Law tilts against unions, but labor can’t
give up fight

February
1, 2008

Portland Public Schools sticks to draconian offers • Union membership
on the rise; Oregon adds 16,000, Washington 30,000 •
Task force
favors I-5 Bridge replacement • Apollo Alliance maps strategy for
’09 Legislature • Washington labor turns attention to Olympia •
Eugene/Springfield grocery workers ratify new pacts • CWA calls
for boycott of Unitus Credit Union • ATU 757 calls off ambulance
strike in Josephine County • BOLI survey will evaluate HVAC testing,
balancing work • Three Carpenters locals endorse John Kroger for
attorney general

January
18, 2008

Unions favor building a new bridge over Columbia • Northwest members
of Congress score well in national AFL-CIO ratings •
Oregon AFL-CIO
leader, back from Bali, says it’s time for labor to step up • Laborers
Union gets health insurance for City of Portland seasonal workers •
ATU Local 757 members ready to strike AMR in Josephine County

January
4, 2008

2008: The year of China • Foster kids’ holiday party gets boost
from UA Local 290

December
21, 2007

ILWU, Carpenters boost Fire Fighters Toy & Joy program • AFSCME
strike at Multnomah Education Service District ends after two weeks •
Help extended
to storm-ravaged union families on coast • Oregon Fire Fighters
Council endorses Gordon Smith • AFL-CIO calls for Hilton boycott
• UA Local 290 to host robotics competition kickoff • Iron
Workers Local 29 elects officers

December
7, 2007

Looking for the UNION LABEL • Multnomah ESD classified staff go
on strike Nov. 30 • Portland school employees getting restless •
UNITE HERE Local 9 calls for Hilton boycott • Unions join nationwide
protest against anti-union NLRB •
Oregon AFL-CIO’s Byrd to attend climate change conference in Bali •
Labor has voice on panel examining Oregon’s tax system • NLRB Subregion
36 gets new chief officer • Fahey to run for seat on Portland City
Council • Judy O’Connor, Bob Petroff re-elected at NOLC •
Teamsters’ Lehrbach appointed to TriMet Board of Directors • IBEW
48 member named to State Transportation Commission • AFT Local 111
elects new president

November
16, 2007

Craft unions welcome veterans into training programs • AFSCME backs
Clinton despite Western leaders’ call for no early endorsement •
Oregon board finds Josephine County used outsourcing to punish strikers
• Hit-and-run driver kills Eugene labor activist • Mesothelioma
claims UA’s Deblock, 73

November
2, 2007

AFL-CIO rates Oregon lawmakers on 2007 session • Powell’s Books
workers get closer to living wage • ConMetco’s Rivergate plant closes
• Schneider to run for Gresham Council • Washington AFL-CIO
issues election recommendations • Madelyn Elder named to CWA Executive
Board • SEIU’s Dale won’t run for AG post • SEIU locals endorse
John Edwards

October
19, 2007

Oregon AFL-CIO ramps up for aggressive Labor 2008 • Edwards tells
labor he’ll be a true friend as president • Kucinich says he’d pull
out of NAFTA • Immigration reform, drug testing spark the most debate
at convention • Delegates set policy with resolutions • Activists
and unions get recognition • PPS superintendent, board members tour
schools • IBEW instructor returns from duty in Iraq • AFSCME
Local 88 members ratify four-year contract at Multnomah County

October
5, 2007

Conversion to renewable energy generating jobs • Metro councilors
vote themselves 16 percent raises • SEIU leader considers run for
attorney general • U.S.-Peru trade pact gets mixed reaction from
labor • Steelworkers target Home Depot stores in solidarity with
striking B.C. workers • School custodian gets settlement check,
but not closure • UFCW backs Merkley for Senate • Kucinich,
Edwards will pay visit to Oregon AFL-CIO convention

September
21, 2007

Sweeney, Edwards will headline Oregon AFL-CIO convention • Labor
Council opposes tax-funded day labor center • Disabled worker programs
act as a wedge for privatization • New group formed for union members
who like to hunt and fish • Fire Fighters use new card-check law
to secure union • Maintenance workers ratify new pact with Portland
Schools by one vote • Farra elected secretary-treasurer of Transit
Union Local 757 • Oregon AFL-CIO endorses Measures 49,50

September
7, 2007

Senator Smith makes effort to court labor • Oregon will release
names of employers whose workers get low-income benefits • Health
care mandate for construction workers? Portland takes baby steps •
Panel will measure use of academic part-timers • City of Portland
pledges to buy no sweatshop apparel • AFSCME reaches tentative deal
for 4,000 state workers • Meeting in Newport, building trades unions
savor legislative victories • Carpenters organizer allowed to leave
U.S. on his own • Labor Democrats back Merkley for Senate

August
17, 2007

Pulse of the Unions • Labor to keep pushing for freedom to unionize
• Circuit City lands on AFL-CIO’s Do Not Patronize list •
School employees vote on affiliation with AFT • Oregon AFL-CIO E-Board
rejects 2005 resolution supporting Kyoto Protocol • Enron workers
case may reach high court • Hardhats want Pepsico to be built by
local workers • CWA Local 7901 reaches stalemate with local credit
union

August
3, 2007

Union-built gas-fired power plant goes online in Oregon • Construction
unions seek level playing field on health care • As cases of ‘popcorn
workers lung’ spread, unions demand action • Postal service unions
pitch vote-by-mail to top elections officers • New IBEW Local 48
business manager outlines goals and priorities

July
20, 2007

Machinists end strike, sign three-year deal at Freightliner • Major
victory for labor: Democratic House torpedoes trade deals • Construction
unions voice support for liquefied natural gas terminal • Letter
carriers’ new pact may slow outsourcing • Lawmakers nibble around
the edges trying to fix health care • Labor planning ballot measure
strategy to counter Sizemore

July
6, 2007

Machinists strike Freightliner • Legislature bangs gavel on banner
year for labor • Drywallers end strike with ratification of new
contract • Senate Republicans block vote on labor organizing bill
• Del Monte raid puts Portland at center of immigration debate •
Unions to push vote-by-mail at national conference of state elections
officials • State corrections officers stick with AFSCME union • Local
757 members protest C-TRAN’s inadequate offer • Clif Davis elected
business manager of IBEW Local 48 • Six unions form Mechanical Allied
Crafts, new council created in Oregon • Warehouse fire doesn’t douse
spirit of Red’s Electric owner Jim Ferris

June
15, 2007

Carpenters drywall hangers go on strike • Major bargaining this
summer in Oregon • Custodial outsourcing at Portland schools proves
costly mistake • Portland School District implements contract on
DCU • Labor bills fight for attention as Oregon Legislature winds
down • Nurses tell public hearing of their problems at Legacy

June
1, 2007

Afghan-Iraqi Freedom War Memorial has union ties • Labor still reeling
from 1981 PATCO strike • Labor lobbyists scramble to push through
priority bills • Labor chalks up some election victories •
Smith feeling pressure to support Employee Free Choice Act

May
18, 2007

Presidential hopeful visits Portland, Seattle labor • SEIU 49 agrees
to no card check organizing • Major reform possible in immigration
policy • Labor sees partial gains, modest disappointments at Olympia
• Washington Congressman Brian Baird explains positions on union
issues • Oregon unions join in push for energy independence •
Bend transit contractor drops appeal of ATU union election

May
4, 2007

Fired Portland school custodians settle for $14.5 million • Contractor
fires pro-union Bend bus driver • Maintenance crew at Portland Schools
votes to authorize strike • Freightliner cutbacks have ripple effects
at several local manufacturing suppliers • PDC staffers vote to
join AFSCME • NW Oregon Labor Council supports two challengers for
Portland School Board • Overtime pay after eight hours will have
to wait • In Oregon Legislature, many labor-backed bills advancing
• UFCW Local 555 shop stewards hear from Dick Gephardt at annual
summit

April
20, 2007

Portland union members tell Congress: ‘No new NAFTAs’ • Independent
union attempts raid on Oregon AFSCME corrections unit • AFSCME 189
suspends labor-management cooperation with Portland mayor • Heart
attack claims Laborers Local 296 business manager Little Richard Steward
• Labor will honor Oregon workers killed on the job • 5,000
attend NW Carpenters unity rally in Portland • Students try handling
40-ton crane • Portland unions weigh in on proposed charter changes
on May ballot • AFSCME Council 75 re-elects Gillespie president;
dedicates building to Lucy

April 6,
2007

End of the line for Freightliner trucks • Union wants to put stop
to college shift to part-time, lower-paid faculty • Carpenters go
high-tech as they prepare for contract talks • Kitzhaber headlines
meeting of union retirees • Unions in 7 countries meet in Portland
to seek unity in bargaining with Boeing • Nearly 1,000 turn out
for Providence Hospital union vigil

March
16, 2007

Letter Carriers deliver message: No privatization • Change to Win
unions share organizing ideas • Labor opposes ‘strong mayor’ form
of government • Two central labor councils east of Cascade Range
merge • Freightliner Machinists prepare for layoff, bargaining

March
2, 2007

Lobbyist for Labor: AFSCME’s
Mary Botkin walks the halls of Salem • Freightliner

counts down to mass layoff at Swan Island • AFSCME files for union
election at PDC• Union members ask Portland to take anti-sweatshop
action

February
16, 2007

Bill Sizemore: Back in business • Willy Myers elected at Sheet Metal
Local 16 • Unionist rub elbows with lawmakers at legislative forum
• Labor council re-elects slate of officers

February
2, 2007

Facing the coming labor shortage • Union membership in U.S. falls
by 326,000 • Movie fictionalizing 1999 WTO protest films for three
days in Seattle • Carpenter organizer gets reprieve before deportation
• L.A. lab works to improve odds against asbestos cancer •
First U.S.-made streetcars will carry union label • Oregon senator
helps scuttle minimum wage bill • PDC Board wants more time to amend
new construction wage policy • Portland Public Schools hires former
union official for labor relations job • Bus strike looms in Corvallis
• AFSCME rallies for new contract at Clackamas County • Kaiser
gets okay to build new hospital

January
19, 2007

PDC adopts wage policy for private construction projects • Wyden
touts universal health coverage plan at business summit • Freightliner
building new manufacturing plant in Mexico • New Democratic majority
in House gets busy passing labor bills • Bend bus drivers campaign
to join ATU Local 757 • SEIU campaign to organize bus drivers stalls

January
5, 2007

Solving the crisis in health care: 2007 will be the best chance in years
• Oregon labor unions gear up ambitious political agenda •
Bus operators to take strike vote in Corvallis • Union members in
Oregon Legislature get key posts • Labor commissioner lists goals
for second term • Custodial Board rejects PPS’ proposed hiring plan
• In lame duck session, Congress passes anti-worker trade law •
What’s in that union-made bread? Daughters of Bakers Local 114 members
have won four pageant crowns

December
15, 2006

Kulongoski names two union leaders to top posts • PDC closer to
setting wage policy on private construction projects • Farm Workers
Union wins recognition at Threemile • How to set your holiday table
with union-made goods • Portland Public Schools drags feet complying
with court ruling • Portland City Council okays anti-war stand

December
1, 2006

Union shopping guide for the holidays • U.S. corporations lobby
against workers’ rights in China • Hope for Venezuela, fear in Colombia
• Upcoming NAFTA-style trade deals may be DOA

November
17, 2006

Labor celebrates election night victories • Carpenters organizer
faces prison, deportation • AFT readies long union drive among 3,000
nurses at Legacy Health Systems • Cement Mason’s Del French to retire
after 36 years

November
3, 2006

Movie about Seattle WTO protests will be made in Canada • SEIU’s
Andy Stern: The new face of labor • Counting every ballot •
Mayor taps Mohlis for PDC • In campaign ads, Oregon Republicans
paint unions as ‘extreme’ • Supervisor ruling spurs NLRB to re-examine
54 cases • Construction unions, housing groups hatch plan to settle
prevailing wage issue

October
20, 2006

Labor says Kulongoski best bet for working people • Oregon AFL-CIO
backs just one measure • Unions react to NLRB rulings on ‘Kentucky
River’ cases •Unions working cooperatively on most Oregon legislative
races • Cathy Callahan leaves top job at local NLRB office •
Appeals court upholds racketeering, misconduct verdicts against Bill Sizemore
• ‘Labor legislators’ keep workers’ interest in mind • Oregon
anti-NAFTA group says trade causing job losses and other woes •
Unions help Hooley in re-election bid • Goldberg Mechanic Stuart
Gibson labor law firm to close • Member of OPEIU Local 11 running
for Clark County clerk post

October
6, 2006

New Yorker pours millions into Oregon ballot measures • NLRB ruling
changes definition of supervisor; unions will be hit hard • Richmond
Baking workers approve first union contract • Labor ponders which
direction AOI will go • Congress poised to cut education, labor
human services • The Bus Driver: TriMet retiree Ben Fain gets behind
the wheel again for the cause • UFCW leaflets nonunion grocer •
Longtime Carpenters leader Jim Bledsoe dies of cancer at 73 • Crew
at Thompson Metal Fab kept tram construction on schedule

September
15, 2006

State of Working America: Wages have declined over the last five years
• Coalition asks Portland not to buy sweatshop goods • Internet
furor prompts restaurant owner to rethink position • Union nurses
battle hospital and DHS over Oregon’s safe staffing guidelines •
Convention report: Building Trades to train members as disaster responders
• Machinists, Teamsters end ULP strike at Cummins NW

September
1, 2006

The State of the Unions: Facing facts about the fortune of the labor movement
•The Peacemaker: Connie Weimer helps union and management get to
the deal

August
21, 2006

Congress passes complex pension bill, chock full of special favors •
141 fired custodians will return to Portland school district this fall
• PDC wants to talk more about construction wages • Tipped
worker pay cut dies in Senate • AFL-CIO releases interim COPE voting
records for ’06 • Local 11 contract protects workers from NW Natural’s
cost-cutting plan

August
4, 2006

Minimum wage bill would cut pay for tipped workers • Oman Free Trade
Agreement passes; NAFTA-style trade deals proliferate • Senator
Smith heeds call of 2,300 union members in ‘Kentucky River’ cases •
Oregon AFL-CIO backs Kulongoski for re-election • Sizemore files
anti-union initiatives for 2008 ballot • Portland school custodians’
return remains murky • Labor and environmentalists come together

July
21, 2006

Transit union Tri-met contract comes to grief • Machinists strike
Cummins NW • Drivers for WHEELS hold one-day strike to save jobs
• IBEW 659 ends 10-day strike at Eugene Water & Electric Board
• Qwest to close Portland call center; 160 CWA jobs will vanish
• Nursing home workers, operators agree to cooperate • Tim
Nesbitt joins Governor Kulongoski’s campaign staff • AFSCME endorses
Ted Kulongoski for re-election

July
7, 2006

Benson Tower carpenter rehired Wednesday … on strike by Friday •
Union-backed political party wins official ballot status in Oregon •
Three bargaining units settle contracts at Portland Public Schools •
Vancouver Hilton workers join UNITE HERE Local 9 • Labor agency
will help Oregon veterans find jobs • Portland-based Carpenters
Industrial Council formed by national mergers • Clatskanie ethanol
plant to be union-built • Eastern Oregon profs drop strike plans,
okay deal • Electrical Workers 280 elects Tim Nicol as business
manager • NLRB issues 2005 report on elections and workers rights
• Court reinstates retiree benefits at Rexam

June
16, 2006

Portland City Council takes hard look at PDC over construction pay •
Building trades John Mohlis interested in PDC post • Transit Local
757 elects officers; Jon Hunt will be new president • Signature
deadline nears; 17 initiative petitions being circulated • Temple
retires as business manager of Cement Masons Local 555

June
2, 2006

Portland school custodians could get millions in back pay • Laborers
bolt AFL-CIO; SEIU leaves Oregon state fed • Providence frowns on
state official’s role on ‘Fair Elections’ panel • UA Local 290 obtains
$3.60 an hour raise over next 3 years • Oregon Lottery workers vote
to stay non-union

May
19, 2006

Local 290 members awarded as heroes in crash • Primary election
results: It’s Kulongoski vs. Saxton in November • Labor federations
reach accord on Solidarity Charters • Williams Controls plans to
lay off workers and move jobs to China • Judge says prevailing wage
law doesn’t apply on PDC job • Cancer claims Cornelia Murphy,
40, former Oregon AFSCME staffer • ATU Local 757 members will represent
Tri-Met at Rail Rodeo in New York • Former congressman David Bonior
works for reform in U.S. labor law

May
5, 2006

A labor guide to the governor’s race • Change to Win objects to
AFL-CIO solidarity rules • CTW unions stage rallies in 40 U.S. cities
• Oregon Supreme Court upholds earlier ruling that custodians were
illegally fired • Proposed entertainment center to be union-built
• Union wins government retraining benefits – over Freightliner’s
objection • Fire Fighters rally around Pendleton local facing cuts

April
21, 2006

Unions remember fallen workers • Labor movement wants path to citizenship
for illegal immigrants • Oregon AFL-CIO’s proposed Workers Memorial
hits bureaucratic roadblock • Steve Hecker prepares to leave LERC
after 25 years • Workers Guide to OR-OSHA

April
7, 2006

Labor in the governor’s race: All over the map • Portland on the
short list of massive Change to Win organizing drive • Strike averted
at Multnomah Education Service • Baird blasts Bush for letting Bay
Bridge use foreign steel • Wright appointed business manager of
Bricklayers Local 1• AFL-CIO asked to rescind Solidarity Charter
deadline• Ambulance crew leaves ATU 757 for independent union

March
17, 2006

Corporations pay less and less in state taxes, leaving workers to pick
up the slack • City unions, Portland reach tentative 4-year agreement
• Labor’s makeover must start with the heart • Oregon AFL-CIO
makes primary endorsements, appoints Byrd secretary-treasurer •
Union drive under way at Providence Health Systems • Unions invite
politicians to learn ABCs of labor • Washington County Corrections
signs contract, averting a planned strike • Oregon Lottery workers
file for union election • Richmond Baking votes for Local 114

March
3, 2006

Six building trades unions form Construction Alliance • Storm Warning:
Merger madness in utility industry threatens reliability • Multnomah
County employees union rejects Linn, backs Wheeler for county chair •
Byrd considered for vacant AFL-CIO post; COPE to plan political agenda
• SEIU recognized as advocate for 6,000 Oregon child care workers
• Corrections staff set March 6 strike in Washingon County •
Hillsboro School District contracts out custodial jobs • Court upholds
ban on piecemeal-paid signature gatherers

February
17, 2006

Portland School District continues to rankle unions • New political
party gains momentum • UFCW Local 555 backs Kulongoski for re-election
• Diane Linn picks up endorsements from three labor unions •
Training center teachers apprentices how to build bridges — literally

February
3, 2006

Independent union challenges ATU 757 at ambulance unit • AFL-CIO
backs Oregon ballot measure to make big employers pay for health care
• Union drive at Lottery in limbo • Union card is still a
worker’s best investment

January
20, 2006

Building Trades Council the first labor group to back Kulongoski for re-election
• All aboard the gravy train: The new Medicare Prescription Drug
Benefit was set up to benefit drug and insurance companies • New
Medicare drug program is insanely complex • Nurses at Roseburg’s
Mercy Medical Center vote for ONA • District Council of Trade Unions
to start negotiations with City of Portland • West Virginia miners
afraid to speak out about safety problem

January
6, 2006

Witt ineligible to serve as secretary-treasurer of AFL-CIO • South
Waterfront apprenticeship deal finally gets signatures • DCU members
ratify Portland school pact • Freightliner lays off 130 just before
Christmas break• Terry Lansing elected to lead Bakers Local 114
• Iron Workers #516 faces shut down at Universal Structural

December
16, 2005

2,000 in Portland march for right to join union • Cowlitz Tribe
will build La Center casino with union labor • UFCW Local 555 signs
Solidarity Charter with NW Oregon Labor Council • Bricklayer John
Mohlis elected leader of Columbia-Pacific Building and Construction Trades
Council • Sheet Metal Workers Local 16 members lose to China •
Inlandboatman’s Union wage 36-hour strike at McCall Oil

December
2, 2005

AFL-CIO and Change to Win announce deal to preserve local labor unity
* School employees move closer to strike at Portland School District *
Global workers’ rights rallies planned Dec. 10 * Momentum builds for critics
of Wal-Mart * Oregon AFL-CIO to consider Kyoto Protocol resolution at
board meeting * Kulongoski names Chris Warner as new labor liaison * Sandy
teachers’ strike ends after 16 days on picket line

November
18, 2005

Building trades protest Benson Tower * IBEW helps hurricane survivor start
anew in Oregon * Shopping as if the union mattered: A GUIDE TO BUYING
UNION * Sandy teachers strike nears close * AFSCME’s new office gets decorated
by Venezuelan political muralist * CWA asks union members to use Cingular
cel phones * Unionists named to City of Portland charter review panel.

November
4, 2005

Union publicizes Wal-Mart workers’ skimpy health plan * Mehrens to retire
as building trades leader * School district in Sandy forces strike in
attempt to bust teachers union * Union workers at Portland Water Bureau
at work rebuilding New Orleans * Senator Smith supports minimum wage bill
that would hurt lowest-paid workers * AFSCME lobbyist Botkin proposes
to change hats * Union officials share insights on AFL-CIO breakup * South
Waterfront gets project apprentice agreement * SEIU Local 49 members ratify
new contract at Legacy Emanuel * Hillsboro school employees reject outsourcing
plan * Portland Public Schools files legal charges against unions * Labor
History panel reports parallels, contrasts between 2005 and 1905 * NECA-IBEW
apprenticeship program rescues Parkrose High School students

October
21, 2005

Nesbitt resigns as president of Oregon AFL-CIO * Tom Chamberlain to follow
Tim Nesbitt as president of Oregon AFL-CIO * Sweeney
extends deadline for breakaway unions * Oregon AFL-CIO convention
sets policy for next two years * Oregon Supreme Court says Portland school
custodians fired illegally * Former governor sounds trumpet for universal
health care * Portland School District declares impasse in talks with
DCU

October
7, 2005

Workers at Portland Water Bureau head to New Orleans * Machinists ratify
contract at Boeing * Split in labor movement hits Oregon state labor federation
* Union coalition ratifies 5-year pact with Kaiser Permanente * SEIU chief
says U.S. health care needs radical overhaul * Laborers 483 unhappy with
Portland Commissioner Saltzman * Bush uses hurricane disaster to ram through
low-wage work

September
16, 2005

18,300 Machinists strike Boeing * AFL-CIO mobilizes 1,000 Katrina volunteers
* Millionaire hospital CEO offers workers 25 cent raises; Workers strike
* Working America hits 1-million-member mark * LERC scrambles to avoid
budget axe * Bakers sign contracts at four locations *Workers ratify new
three-year-deal at Cascade General Ship Repair * CWA 7901 adds Portland
call center workers

September
2, 2005

Solidarity with workers in the world’s biggest sweatshop * State labor
federation gives year-end grades to Oregon legislators * CWA, Qwest avert
strike * Boeing talks come down to wire * NOLC supports striking Northwest
Airline mechanics * Hospital visitors arrive healthy, leave with cold
shoulder * Portland janitors hold 28-hour sit-in to protest poverty-level
wages * State of Oregon workers ratify two-year pact * Labor Commissioner
Dan Gardner runs for re-election

August
19, 2005

CWA workers at Qwest Communications ready to strike in 13 states * AFL-CIO
gives mixed review to Oregon Legislature * Oregon AFL-CIO considers restructuring
in wake of breakup * Union charges Legacy misplaced priorities * CWA woos
workers at new Cingular call center * UNITE HERE Local 9 re-elects Richardson
to leadership post

August
5, 2005

AFL-CIO splits, limits work with disaffiliated unions * CAFTA passes with
help of U.S. Rep. Greg Walden of Oregon * Congress approves energy policy:
tax breaks for oil, gas, coal * New law targets workers comp doctor abuses
* ‘Lonely lawmaker’ continued to show up for work in Salem * RNs ratify
contract at SW Washington Medical Center * Richards elected secretary-treasurer
of OPEIU Local 11 * Ironworkers Local 516 elects new officers

July
15, 2005

Union women protest Wal-Mart sex discrimination * Senate approves CAFTA;
trade battle moves to House * PDC names new director * Travis Eri elected
to replace Bill Miller at IBEW Local 125

July
1, 2005

City leads tenant revolt against non-union cleaning contractors * Union
elections violate U.S. democratic standards * Wyden and Smith cast deciding
votes for CAFTA in committee * Iraqi unionists tell Portlanders of hardships
and repression * Union fights plan to outsource custodial work at Hillsboro
schools * Labor snubbed in PDC search * Richard Beetle elected business
manager of Laborers Local 483

June
17, 2005

Capital Consultants collapse detailed at Congressional hearing * Sparks
fly at labor breakfast with Congressman David Wu * Health care reform
shot down in Salem * and more

June
3, 2005

Retirement Insecurity: The worry-free retirement is fading * Study says
unions train more minorities in construction * OPEIU Local 11 appoints
interim executive * Labor stung by Wu letters — for Wiederhorn and
against a casino

May
20, 2005

CAFTA fight boils down to who will benefit from trade * Construction unions
criticized by outgoing PDC chair Hennessee *
Social Security benefits would be cut by progressive indexing

* Oregon labor leaders ponder idea of political party for workers * SEIU
Local 503 organizes six more nursing homes in Oregon * Petroff re-elected
at Machinists District Lodge 24 * Wu opposes Cascade Locks casino, irks
construction unions

May
6, 2005

Hearings test out Congress positions on CAFTA* Social Security privatization
battle intensifies nationwide *
State workers protest health care cost shifting

* Union Industries Show features American-made goods and services

April
15, 2005

AFL outs Charles Schwab support for privatization * Unions remember workers
killed on the job *
Cascade Locks casino complex will be union-built

* Union says overdue break contributed to bus accident * Building trades
asks Canadian developer to ‘Hire Oregon First’

April
1, 2005

Health Care Fraud Squad hits Portland streets* Beware of false comparisons:
Social Security is an insurance program *
Debate rages about the fate of Social Security

* Anti-worker CAFTA treaty may be nearing vote in Congress * BOLI rules
multi-use housing project subject to wage laws

March
18, 2005

A deal is a deal: Oregon Supreme Court overturns PERS rollbacks * Ideologues,
finance sector mobilize for Social Security privatization *
Oregon House considers putting union contracts to a public
vote
*24-hour strike at ConMet nets new contract * A union for non-union workers:
‘Working America’ comes to Oregon * Crippling Lane Transit strike ends
after six days

March
4, 2005

NW lawmakers see problems with Social Security privatization plan * Oregon
Legislature tackles skyrocketing health care costs *
Union workers celebrate Goldschmidt firing

* and more

February
18, 2005

Lies, damn lies and statistics: George Bush’s Campaign to Privatize Social
Security* Social Security privatization unites Democrats, divides GOP
* Social
Security workers pushed to promote partisan agenda

February
4, 2005

Parry Center strike ends * AFL-CIOs Witt appointed state rep in District
31 * Labor’s Future:
Unions react to SEIU’s proposal *Water
Bureau worker becomes head of AFSCME Local 189 * AFL-CIO to battle Social
Security privatization scheme
* ATU 757 delays strike at Lane Transit District

January
21, 2005

Labor ponders what to expect from Legislature * Labor’s future: SEIU sparks
a debate * Bargaining
at Portland School District drags on *
Potential owner of PGE eyes job cuts * and more

January
7, 2005

Parry Center strike continues* AFL-CIO’s Brad Witt backed for House post
* AFL-CIO boycotts Granite Investment based on Capital Consultants ties

December
17, 2004

Politicians call on Parry Center management to end strike * The Oregonian
asks staffers to scab at paper in Ohio * Cancer claims Cliff Gutwig, 73
* Oregon AFL-CIO hires first full-time organizer, names research director

December
3, 2004

SEIU Strikes Parry Center * Portland mayor-elect Tom Potter reaches out
to labor * IBEW Local 48 and NECA light up football fields at Portland
high schools

November
19, 2004

President Bush to nation: Get ready for privatized Social Security * AFL-CIO
fared well with endorsed candidates in Oregon * UA Local 290’s Endicott
appointed to SAIF board
* Koch retires as secretary-treasurer of Bakers Local 114

November
5, 2004

Bush wins nationally; Kerry takes Oregon and Washington * Longview hospital
workers settle after one-day strike * The rich increasingly dodge taxes
paid by the rest * AT&T dumps one-fifth of its remaining workforce.

October
15, 2004

Why labor wants George W. Bush out of the White House * Oregonians face
a smorgasbord of ballot measures * Frito-Lay’s closure wipes out 134 Bakers
Union jobs * Local 483 member Damon Mabee running for Oregon City commissioner
* SEIU’s Andy Stern visits Portland to spur voter registration

October
1, 2004

Labor-Neighbor walkers hit their stride * Americans losing health coverage
at alarming rate * Transit Union 757 urges vote on Washington’s Proposition
1 * Labor campaigns for living-wage jobs in Central Oregon * Doug Tweedy
of Oregon City Local 1388 elected new leader of NW Carpenters * and more

September
17, 2004

Unions back Democrats, but some members lean Republican * Record crowd
turns up at Labor Day picnic * Health care: Expect to have to pay more
* and more

September
3, 2004

Oregon workers spared cut in overtime pay, for now* State of the Unions:
a snapshot of organized labor * Politics focus of building trades convention
* CWA’s Rosenbaum elected president of the National Labor Caucus of State
Legislators * Kulongoski seeks waiver from feds to import Rx drugs from
Canada

August
20, 2004

Laid-off Oregonians ask ‘where are the jobs?’ * AFL-CIO opposes three
November ballot measures: Medical malpractice, SAIF elimination and ‘takings’
* Prescription drug prices send seniors to Canada * 50,000 greet Kerry
at Portland’s Waterfront Park * and more

August
6, 2004

DeFazio asks Bush-Cheney to give back Enron’s ‘dirty money’ * Democratic
platform backs right to organize *Comcast systematically squeezing out
unions * Oregon AFL-CIO COPE to weigh merits of Measure 35 * Congress
okays NAFTA-like deals with Australia and Morocco * and more

July
16, 2004

City of Vancouver convention center protest grows louder * Freightliner
employees ratify contract *Health insurance falling away, even for working
people

July
2, 2004

Portland Head Start fights union * Ready to strike at Freightliner * Court
overturns FCC plan to deregulate mass media * Capital Consultants salesman
found guilty of illegal gratuities * IBEW Local 48 elects Mitchell as
business manager * Labor leaders ask Bush to expedite Columbia River funds

June
18, 2004

Striking Utah miners tour Northwest seeking help from union members *
First responders respond to secret Bush plans for budget cuts * Waterfront
Project seeks more diversity in construction * AFL-CIO puts Wiederhorn,
Fog Cutter on Unfair List * SEIU 503 loses election at Oregon Judicial
Department * Sizemore shifts his anti-union campaign to the local level

June
4, 2004

Union label rare at Starbucks * Wu to introduce Medicare prescription
drug reform *Coos County wants union firm to finish gas pipeline * Labor-endorsed
candidates do well in May primary * Qwest disconnects 110 CWA members
in Portland

May
21, 2004

Bush’s Drug Discount Card confuses seniors * Farmers, industry stall enforcement
of pesticide law * Building trades call for boycott of Vancouver Convention
Center * Maletis Beverage removed from labor’s Unfair List

May
7, 2004

Flight attendants oppose on-board pesticides* Portland schools’ cafeteria
workers merge with SEIU Local 503 * Oregonians remember the 70 workers
killed on the job in 2003 * Employees at KBPS radio station vote for IBEW
Local 48

April
16, 2004

AFSCME 189 hosts political reception * Labor defends worker felled by
insect spray * State of Oregon outsourcing jobs to India * Oregon Investment
Council takes pro-worker stance

April
2, 2004

Beer distributor unfair * OPEIU Local 11 ratifies five-year ‘joint accord’
at Northwest Natural * Oregon AFL-CIO issues endorsements for May 18 primary
* Francesconi, Leonard win NOLC backing * Machinists ‘pre-approve’ strike
at Freightliner yard * Classifieds at Portland Public Schools ratify two-year
contract

March
19, 2004

DeFazio, Nesbitt take aim at job-destroying trade policy * Union, Leonard
unite to protect whistleblower * NOLC interviews political hopefuls *
Portland carpenter heads to El Salvador to fight NAFTA II * ILWU Local
5 reaches tentative deal with Powell’s Books * Oregon AFL-CIO won’t pursue
initiatives in November * AND MORE

March
5, 2004

Cabinet chiefs dodge invite to meet Oregon’s jobless at PCC * SEIU files
for 1,400 judicial workers * Phone company accused of falsely claiming
union label * Portland jury tells Wal-Mart to pay for off-the-clock work
* New SEIU state director impressed by Oregon *Hallock leaves governor’s
post to return to UO, replaced by Tom Chamberlain * AND MORE

February
20, 2004

27,000 Oregonians lose unemployment insurance pay * U.S. judge upholds
ban on petition pay per signature* UFCW endorses Adams for Portland City
Council post

February
6, 2004

California grocery war ignites national campaign * Farmworkers in Oregon
to get meal and rest breaks * Pueblo Steelworkers to vote on Oregon Steel
proposal * Boydstun Metal Works fires outspoken union supporter * United
Air Comfort shuts down after union wins election * USPS ordered to halt
overuse of temps * Portland workers pan State of the Union address * AND
MORE

January
16, 2004

Labor movement urges ‘yes’ vote on Ballot Measure 30 * Plumbers
object to ‘waterless urinals’ * Children’s charities get
B.U.L.L. Session gift of $300k * AND MORE

January
2, 2004

Union says cleaning firm uses ‘franchises’ to skirt wage laws
* After ‘decert,’ CNF looks to send jobs overseas * Good Samaritan
Hospital workers avert one-day strike * Bush ignores jobless workers *
UFCW takes health care strike against Safeway nationwide * AND MORE

December
19, 2003

Demonstrations in 64 cities for the right to organize * AFL-CIO wants
SAIF to revert back to state agency * Critics say NAFTA’s 10-year
record validates dire predictions * O’Connor, Petroff re-elected
to top labor council spots * Mayor Katz agrees to meet with MACG on affordable
housing and living wage * AND MORE

December 5, 2003

Union movement condemns Miami police conduct * SEIU wins wave of union
elections at nursing homes * IBEW 125 reacts to Enron’s proposed sale
of PGE * AFL-CIO revs up “Right to Organize” campaign * CNF
Services office workers decertify from Local 11 * OHSU ‘contracts
in’ AFSCME patients billing unit * Changes in Medicare prescription
drug bill tough to swallow * Oregon AFL-CIO considers plan to protect
workers from overtime scheme * Leonard to seek re-election; uncertain
on whom to support for mayor * Radio stations’ new owners not fans
of unions
* AND MORE

November 21, 2003

Powells workers stage first of multiple walkouts * Oregon rocked hard
by economic tremors * Portland seniors demand right to import cheaper
Canadian drugs * Providence Milwaukie nurses win hard-fought first contract
* Labor rights violations widespread in the United States

November 7, 2003

Portland grocery, meat contracts ratified * AFSCME Local 189 says ‘Go
Fish’ in Portland City Council race * Len Phillips settles in at
Sheet Metal Workers 16 * Curbs on liberties opposed by Portland City Council,
labor * Colombian unionist risks life to aid workers in his country *
CWA reaches tentative contract at Dex Media * AND MORE

October 17, 2003

Large numbers of unemployed reach end of the line * AFL-CIO releases 2003
ratings of Oregon legislators * Big layoffs at Viking Industries and Canron
hit union workers hard * Labor council, building trades group endorse
Markgraf for PUD position * Corcoran to leave Senate for job on state
panel * Local 11 appeals ‘decert’ loss at CNF * ILWU Local 5 faces contract
trouble with Powell’s Books * Union pension funds invested in South
Waterfront project * AND MORE

October 3, 2003

Immigrant workers board bus to D.C. to win civil rights * Managers worsening
Multnomah County chaos * Congress considers bills to accelerate thinning
of forests * Kaiser Permanente gets high marks on quality of care report
* AND MORE

September 19, 2003

Delegates tap leaders for AFL-CIO’s top spots * Local 11 fights decertification
attempt at CNF * Oregon labor gears up for high-stakes political battle
* NOLC opposes November ballot measure to create public utility district
* Labor mourns death of Local 36’s Quigley * “Labor’s Campaign Heroes”
honored at special dinner * AND MORE

September 5, 2003

Workers protest Bush policies* UAW ends 344-day strike at Williams Controls
* OEA, AFT sue to hold Sizemore liable for $2.5 million verdict * Workers
at Crown Cork and Seal honor slain co-worker’s memory * Laid-off custodian
illustrates family health care needs * AND MORE

August 15, 2003

Despite surprise vote by Wyden, labor loses trade votes * Construction
workers rally lawmakers for jobs * Rosenbaum challenges Witt for secretary-treasurer
* Embattled pro-union workers lose third election at Boydstun Metal *
Portland seniors ‘blow whistle’ on Medicare privatization plan * Union
Summer turns focus to recruiting young people * Union restaurant guide
* Portland coalition kicks off immigrant rights campaign * AND MORE

August 1, 2003

PERS battle cry: ‘A deal is a deal’ * Oregon lawmakers defy labor, vote
for free trade agreements * AFL-CIO files initiatives proposing health
care for all kids in Oregon * Bill would help put ‘Made in Oregon’ back
on license plates * AND MORE

July 18, 2003

Portland janitors ratify contract * Unions protest G-P’s out-of-state
workers * Home for the holidays, congressmen hear from unionists * 8,000
Carpenters end strike in Western Washington * Providence Milwaukie nurses
strike * Unions nearly ready to file PERS lawsuits * AND MORE

July 4, 2003

First contract for 13,000 homecare workers * Drug companies bilk U.S.
consumers, author says * State workers reach 11th-hour deal * Workers
at John Day’s Blue Mountain Hospital push to join AFSCME * ILWU reaches
accord for MERC security staff * Carpenters walk out in Western and Central
Washington * AND MORE

June 20, 2003

Labor fears the worst in new Chile, Singapore trade deals * NLRB slaps
Williams Controls for unfair acts * CWA leads ‘privacy rights’protest
at Comcast Cable* Janitors march for fair contract * Iron Workers’ Paddy
Barry steps down as business manager * CWA reaches tentative deal with
Qwest * AND MORE

June 6, 2003

Opponents fight Wal-Mart expansion site by site * Labor bills to rein
in drug costs face roadblock * Metropolitan Alliance assembly gets labor
boost * Jury awards iron worker $520,000 for jobsite negligence * Portland,
AFSCME Local 189 settle 2001 dispute * Voters pass new income taxes to
fund schools for three years * Bill targets ‘Enterprise Zone’ property
tax exemptions * AND MORE

May 16, 2003

Judge shuts down Sizemore operation * Portland votes to enforce and track
wage laws * Unions prepare lawsuit against PERS reform bill * Transit
Union Local 757 reaches accord with ambulance service AMR * SEIU Local
49 loses Lebanon Hospital vote * No end in sight for UAW strikers at Williams
Controls in Tigard * Reports on May Day activities in Portland, Bend,
and Wauna * Union baker a finalist in national cake decorating contest
* Unions play big role at annual Women in Trades Fair * AND MORE

May 2, 2003

UFCW airs new Wal-Mart strategy * AFL-CIO’s Nesbitt tells City Club tax
reform needed * Ballot Measure 26-48 to aid Multnomah County schools backed
by labor * Labor counts win for corporate accountability reform * Security
guards seek first ILWU contract at Metro * Labor criticizes budget proposals
of Oregon’s governor, legislators * AND MORE

April 18, 2003

At Oregon Legislature ‘Jobs in the woods’ bill gaining momentum * AFSCME
marks 35th anniversary of MLK assassination * Seventy-five workers killed
on the job in Oregon in 2002 * Labor provides input in new hazardous noise
booklet * AND MORE

April 4, 2003

Anti-union Wal-Mart challenging UFCW * Labor picks four candidates for
Portland School Board * Minimum wage under attack in Oregon House * Oregon
lawmakers extend unemployment insurance * Retirees group holds founding
convention

March 21, 2003

Number of uninsured grows in Oregon, U.S. * Former congressman builds
labor-environmentalist bridges * Pro-union worker fired by bank, hired
by union * Unions join rally for peace

March 7, 2003

Trade treaties target service, information, public sectors * Portland
teachers ratify pact * AND MORE

Feb. 21, 2003

Labor takes tax fairness campaign to legislators * Portland city agency
rebuffs coalition’s call to use ‘responsible contractors’ * Sizemore still
dodging jury’s verdict, union attorney says * Union family of murder victim
recall her activist life * Employees give input in design of new unit
at Kaiser Permanente Sunnyside Medical Center * ANALYSIS: Why is the impending
war a union issue? * AND MORE

Feb. 7, 2003

Ex-Gov. Goldschmidt lobbies against airline workers * Providence Milwaukie
nurses fight for first contract, agency shop * Rally buoys United Auto
Workers’ strikers at Williams Controls * AFL-CIO sees success in better-crafted
tax plan * Salem rally cries for ‘education funding’ * AND MORE

Jan. 17, 2003

Teachers’ strike looms at Portland schools * Questions and answers about
Ballot Measure 28 * Union supporters turn away cars of strikebreakers
at Williams Controls * Oregon AFL-CIO fleshes out legislative ‘action
plan’ * AND MORE

Jan. 3, 2003

Health care reform tops labor’s legislative agenda * Oregon AFL-CIO wants
Indian gambling casinos to be built and operated union * IBEW taps Edwards
for District 9 post; Zadow new BM * IBEW’s Gardner puts ‘labor’ back into
labor commissioner’s office * Metropolitan Alliance pushes for ‘responsible
contracting’ in housing * Analysis: Failure of Measure 28 will hurt economy
* Boydstun Metal Works fires union supporter, father of 11 * AND MORE

December 20, 2002

Kulongoski
appoints Hallock a senior policy adviser * Resolution to Sizemore case
delayed for months * Steelworkers hopeful Colorado dispute may end at
Oregon Steel * Striking UAW workers hope for accord with Williams Control
* BULL Session donates $300,000 to charities * Workers, unions and community
succeed in recalling Lincoln County school board members * AND MORE

December 6, 2002

Grocery/meat strike averted in Oregon * AFL-CIO endorses Measure 28 in
January special election * Sizemore files three more anti-union measures
for 2004 * Safeway, Frito Lay helped fight minimum wage measure * National
protests Nov. 21 launch Justice@Wal-Mart drive * Workers’ Rights Board
takes hard look at janitorial contractors * Nesbitt tapped for Kulongoski’s
transition steering committee * West Coast dockworkers to vote on 6-year
contract * AND MORE
November 15, 2002

Labor
helps elect new governor, raise wages * ‘Nickel and Dimed’ Ehrenreich
urges Central Oregon unions, activists to build economic justice movement
* Oregon attorney general wants Sizemore stopped * Pride@Work unionists
reach hundreds at Portland gay, lesbian confab * Thursday, Nov. 21 ‘Day
of Action’ to focus on Wal-Mart * AND MORE

November 1, 2002

ILWU
offers to unload World Series cameras for free, but shippers refuse *
Countdown to Election Day * UFCW 555 re-elects Pronovost, Clay * Two Oregon
SEIU locals join fight to deflate Rx prices * Utah economist debunks high-costs
ascribed to Davis-Bacon * UAW cautions customers at scab-run Williams
Controls * Union-busting consultant Jim Frazer strikes again * LERC professor
says job training not solution to unemployment
October 18, 2002

November
2002 election endorsements * Bush Taft-Hartley court order forces shippers
to end lockout * Guild ratifies 5-year pact at Eugene Register-Guard *
Ballot Measure 25: Low-wage workers to get pay raise if labor-backed measure
wins * ‘Stop Cogentrix’ coalition declares victory in Madras * First phase
of new G-P plant is ‘rat’ * Organized labor aims to expand political influence
* Machinists’ Don Wheeler dies at 62 * Henson named business manager of
AFSCME 189 * Union retirees endorse Bill Bradbury for U.S. Senate * AND
MORE

October
4, 2002

Jury
agrees that Sizemore’s OTU groups engaged in racketeering * Shippers lock
out ILWU * Oregon AFL-CIO opposes health care for all measure * ‘Labor’s
Own’ endorsements include four rank-and-filers * Alliance for Retired
Americans mobilizes in Portland area * AFSCME looking for former members
to form retirees’ club * Willamette Valley grocery talks stalled * HERE
Local 9 re-elects Richardson, Gonzalez * Women rally for Bradbury, blast
Smith TV attack ad
September 20, 2002

Machinists
reject pact at Boeing, but strike vote doesn’t fly * Union lawsuit whittles
away at Sizemore’s credibility * CF bankruptcy puts workers behind the
8-ball * Retired cop Jeff Barker labor’s choice in new House District
28 * Budget cuts could force closure of seven prisons, AFSCME warns *
‘Wobblies’ resurrecting in Portland, but face employer opposition * Recession
may be over, but workers still face uncertainty about recovery * AND MORE

September 6, 2002

Machinists
remain on job at Boeing * Sizemore initiative lawsuit tossed out * Building
Trades Council endorses Smith for U.S. Senate * Labor’s own Randy Leonard
vies for Portland City Council seat * AFSCME organizes staff at Hermiston’s
only hospital * Beleaguered workers at Boydstun Metal vote for Local 16
* PGE workers and Democrats demand accountability for corporate crooks
* AND MORE
August 16, 2002

Falling
stock prices leave PERS under-funded * Anti-union measures won’t be on
November ballot * AFL-CIO blasts Bush threat of troops versus longshore
workers * ATU 757 elects Zullo to lead union * Civil Service Board orders
reinstatement of school custodians * Labor’s Own legislator: CWA’s Diane
Rosenbaum * AFL-CIO Summer School continues to draw record crowds *

August
2, 2002

Sizemore’s
anti-union initiative won’t make it onto Oregon ballot * Transit Union
considers accepting Romanian subway unit as affiliate * State legislator
Gary Hansen proud of his Plumbers card * Unions forced to organize outside
toothless labor laws * Guild over three years without contract at Eugene
Register-Guard * More schools look at contracting out * Bush fast track
gets congressional approval * AND MORE
July 19, 2002

Portland
School Board discards 300 custodial jobs * Machinists at Boeing plants
authorize strike in big way * Initiative reformers file petition to end
the buying and selling of signatures * Minimum wage initiative headed
for November ballot * Critics find massive forgery and fraud on Sizemore’s
I-18 * Labor’s own voice for the little guy plays defense at the State
Capitol * Four years after unionizing, Bi-Mart workers decertify without
a contract * AND MORE

July 5, 2002

Port
strike looms along Pacific Coast * Seniors buy drugs, save money on cross-border
‘Rx Express’ * Portland School Board closer to contracting custodial jobs
* AND MORE
June 21, 2002

AFL-CIO
says: ‘Ted Kulongoski for governor!’ * CWA applauds support of Beaverton
mayor for AT&T merger * Delegates debate issues at Oregon AFL-CIO
convention * Health care initiative opposed; AFL-CIO puts its stamp on
2002 general election campaign * Custodians take jobs campaign to school
board neighbors * AND MORE

June
7, 2002

Union
voters help put candidates over top in May primary * With NW senators’
approval ‘Fast track’ passes Senate * Labor plays major role in founding
Metro Alliance for Common Good * Oregon Bus Project targets electing Democrats
to the State Legislature * NLRB judge rules Kaiser lockout of Steelworkers
illegal * It’s official, Leonard will run for Portland City Council *
Office and Professional Employees Local 11 enters new chapter * PGE responds
to union grievance with lawsuit * Sizemore files anti-union ballot measure
* AND MORE

May
17, 2002

Oregon
AFL-CIO creates ‘New Alliance’ * U.S. panel says Canadian softwood imports
hurt American woodworkers * Workers at Umatilla Chemical Depot vote union
* KPTV 12 news staff decertifies from AFTRA * Labor collecting signatures
for initiative to boost minimum wage * Columbia-Pacific Building Trades
asks unions to join Metro Alliance group * Building trades hold May Day
rally * AND MORE
May 3, 2002

Custodians
offer wage concessions at school district * Experts forecast continuing
crisis in health care costs * Kitzhaber vetoes farm worker bargaining
bill * Painters engage members with massive gift giveaway

April
19, 2002

Memorial
service April 26 in Portland * AT&T strike contingency procedure involved
training workers from India * Labor raises $29,427 for MDA without bowling
a single ball * OR-OSHA reaches $1 million settlement on 1997 airport
garage collapse

April
5, 2002

Labor
joins environmentalists, others to stop power plant in Central Oregon*
Albany Steelworkers ratify contract at Wah Chang * Voter alert: More signature
thieves hit Salem, Portland * Portland School Board considers severe cuts
in budget

March
15, 2002

Custodians
turn up heat to keep jobs at schools * Hansen succeeds Cook as president
of Letter Carriers Portland Branch 82 * September trial date set in RICO
lawsuit against Sizemore’s OTU * Steelworkers’ settlement at Wah Chang
remains uncertain

March
1, 2002

Steelworkers
still waiting for Wah Chang contract * Boycott leads NORPAC to negotiate
with PCUN * Oregon AFL-CIO to sponsor initiative to outlaw pay for petition
signers * AFL-CIO’s Nesbitt argues against fast-track trade scheme

February 15, 2002

Governor
has role in settlement of OHSU nurse’s strike * School District intends
to contract out custodial jobs * Downey succeeds Younger at Multnomah
County AFSCME Local 88 * IBEW urges Congress to protect workers from pension
abuses

February
1, 2002

Diverse
groups join labor in asking state legislators for worker relief package
* Damage lingers from power crisis * DCTU stung by Portland proposal to
hike non-union wages up to 26 percent * Sept. 11 terrorist attacks are
used to clobber workers

January
18, 2002

Labor
in vanguard of Bush protesters * Governor releases list of potential state
budget cuts * New pesticide rules ignore concerns about worker health
* Albany labor dispute ruled a strike
January 4, 2002

Striking
nurses find community support * The year in review – Oregon AFL-CIO looks
back on 2001 * Voter Education Project fights petition fraud * Congressional
hearing gets earful from PGE employees

December
21, 2001

Kulongoski
wins AFL-CIO support * 12,000 homecare workers in Oregon say ‘Union Yes’
* AFSCME Local 88 elects Rosenberger president * Local 125 members testify
at congressional probe of Enron fiasco

December
7, 2001

Governor
endorsement on AFL-CIO’s docket * Tentative deal reached at NWREL * Labor
Council supports city’s refusal to assist feds with immigrant interviews
* IRRA panel examines spiraling costs for health care

November
16, 2001

Laid-off
union workers in Oregon protest ‘stimulus’ bill * Portland city workers
ratify pact * Home health care workers to vote on unionization * Blumenauer
speaks out against fast-track trade bill

November
2, 2001

Postal
workers in terrorist’s sights; two die in D.C. * Ratification of Portland,
DCTU contract proposal uncertain * Steelworkers’ lockout at Rocky Mountain
Steel enters fifth year * AFL-CIO to join business group for economic
recovery summit Nov. 19

October
19, 2001

DCTU
gives strike notice to City of Portland * Senate Republican filibuster
halts airline workers’ aid * Freightliner wins wage cuts before announcing
closure * Wah Chang locks out 694 Albany Steelworkers

October
5, 2001

Fed’s
airline bailout bill leaves workers behind * Skyrocketing health care
costs impact bargaining * Building Trades Council girds for fight against
initiative to kill prevailing wage * Freightliner says Portland plant
will close if concessions not met

September
21, 2001

Oregon
AFL-CIO convention trudges forward following news of terrorist attacks
on U.S. * Gubernatorial candidates court convention delegates * Home care
campaign by Local 503 nears completion * Portland cabbies stage wildcat
strike at Broadway Cab

September
7, 2001

Gardner
gets early support from labor groups in race for labor commissioner *Flight
attendants tell Delta Air Lines ‘It’s union for us’ * Unprecedented verdict
frees Adidas shoe worker in Indonesia * AFT-Oregon files lawsuit against
Sizemore’s OTU
August 24, 2001

Portland
city workers move closer to strike * More organizing needed to increase
labor’s power * Oregon AFL-CIO compiles COPE voting records for 2001 *
Clock ticking for strike at Oregon’s state universities by SEIU #503
August 3, 2001

Workplace
drug testing policies nabbing non-users * Mandatory drug testing for workers
dates back to 1980s * Electrician eyeing run for labor post * State workers
to vote on contract

July
20, 2001

AFL-CIO
joins diverse group to fight unfair trade bill * Unions fare okay as 71st
legislative session ends July 6 * Workers at Freightliner ratify new pact
* Work stoppage looms for largest unit of Oregon public employees

July
6, 2001

City
employees go on ‘Porkland’ tour * Legislature passes bill to extend unemployment
insurance benefits * CWA inks first union contract at AT&T Broadband
* Union leaders file several draft initiatives for 2002 election ballot
June 15, 2001

Oregon
lawmakers tinker with electricity deregulation delay * Willamette Industries
workers protest Weyerhaeuser invasion * Kitzhaber signs ‘Patients’ Bill
of Rights’ * Gateway Health closes day after union election date set

June
1, 2001

Sheriff
Noelle wants county prisoners to replace union janitorial workers *Aramark
cafeteria workers at PSU join AFSCME union * Union households in Oregon
cast most ballots, study shows

May
18, 2001

Northwest
aluminum workers protest BPA’s death-knell *Court upholds injured worker’s
rights * Portland wage subsidy at PGE Park rankles DCTU * Gillespie succeeds
Devlaeminck as president of AFSCME Council 75

May
4, 2001

Metal
Trades Council neutral in Cascade’s sale of Dry Dock 4 * Employees at
Eugene Register-Guard struggle for new contract * Health professionals
file for union election at Pacific Gateway Hospital * Displaced workers
share unemployment woes with legislators

April
20, 2001

NAFTA
job retraining program out of money * Unions urge citizen input at Portland
city budget hearings * Labor opposes NAFTA-like plan to cover Western
Hemisphere * Iron Workers #29’s Neil Crocker gets hero’s salute at labor
awards banquet

April
6, 2001

Carpenters
Union pulls out of AFL-CIO * Labor unites on plan for BPA power * ATU
Local 757 sues Laidlaw for violation of Corvallis wage law * Portland
School District custodians get the axe mid-year

March
16, 2001

Management
letter to city of Portland employees irks members of DCTU * Lawmakers
call for stricter curbs on Mexican trucks * Labor alarmed about secret
trade negotiations * AFL-CIO presents bills to extend unemployment benefits

March
2, 2001

Oregon
AFL-CIO jobs panel wants electrical dereg statute delayed * Kaiser Aluminum
expected to pull the plug soon on Northwest * Local 701 event custodians
win first contract with MERC * Petroff elected head of IAM District Lodge
24

February
16, 2001

U.S.
sawmill jobs at stake in battle over Canadian lumber * AFL-CIO Nurses
win organizing drive at Kaiser * Multnomah County sets up mortgage aid
for union employees

February
2, 2001

Energy
crisis prompts deregulation concern * Sizemore group files more initiatives
* Union workers bend ears of Wyden, Blumenauer on energy crisis concern
* Tri-Met won’t buy Rocky Mountain steel for light rail

January
19, 2001

Oregon
AFL-CIO ‘cautiously positive’ about Legislature * Portland school custodians
resist move to graveyard shift * AFL-CIO asks Wyden to oppose Ashcroft
for Attorney General * Willamette Industries unions band together for
better pensions

January
5, 2001

West’s
rising power bills costing thousands of union jobs * $1.5 million gift
will help LERC establish job safety programs * Former Precision Castparts
worker gets $100k to leave

December
15, 2000

Oregon
AFL-CIO backs “patients’ bill of rights” bill for 2001 Legislature
* Teachers union files lawsuit against OTU * CWA’s Joel Valera fired by
AT&T for speaking up * OPEU organizes NW Education Labs

December
1, 2000

Search
starts to find new executive director for LERC * Court tosses labor’s
Open and Fair Elections Act ballot measure * Anti-union campaign takes
toll on AWPPW organizing drive * BULL Session presents $250,000 to nine
charities

November 17, 2000

Sizemore
measures go down in flames * Union members turn out to polls in record
numbers; business outspends labor 15 to 1 * Labor coalition ends partnership
program with City of Portland * Hallock steps down as LERC director

November 3, 2000

‘Super
Sunday’ brings top union officials to Portland to fight 92 & 98 *
Previous election invalidated; Heintzman back at helm of ATU 757 * Union-led
campaign may block Oregon Steel from light-rail project * Local 11 401(k)
trust sues Capital Consultants, others

October
20, 2000

Shipyard
workers reject proposals * Painters District Council 5 helps Hispanic
workers collect back pay * AFL-CIO supports three ballot measures: 6,
94 & 99

October
6, 2000

Feds
take over Capital Consultants; unions’ trust funds at stake * Measure
93 would cost taxpayers millions to answer ‘nickel-and-dime’ funding questions
* Kaiser Permanente and labor finalize national contract * Steelworkers
Union announces end to Kaiser lockout

September
15, 2000

Gore
opposes anti-union Measures 92 and 98 * Sizemore and gang experiment with
‘educational reform’ with Measure 95 * Steelworkers and allies want Tri-Met
to rule out Oregon Steel * Building Trades Council ‘just says no’ to Measures
92 & 98

September
1, 2000

New
Portland Classical Chinese Garden is union-built * Measure 91 would make
the rich richer, while state services undergo severe cuts * Steelworkers
win ‘Good Corporate Citizenship Clause’ at BPA * City of Portland contract
workers get raise as part of ‘Living Wage’ drive


August 18, 2000

Powell’s
workers ratify first contract * Paramount Hotel signs union contract with
HERE Local 9 * Judge gags CWA at US West/Qwest * Bi-Mart in hot water
again with NLRB

August
4, 2000

‘Paycheck
deception’ Measures 92 and 98 qualify for state ballot * Union officials
content with Georgia-Pacific buyout of Fort James * Religious employers
don’t always practice what they preach * Frustrated by stalled negotiations,
AFSCME members march on Salem City Council meeting

July
21, 2000

Asst.
police chief meets with labor council to discuss ‘May Day Melee’ * Labor
and religious leaders renew alliance to help working poor * Oregon labor
movement gears up for major election effort * After 22-month ordeal, Steelworkers
approve pay-raise deal to end Kaiser feud

July
7, 2000

Oregon
AFL-CIO plans for politics, organizing * Portland Workers’ Rights Board
hears Powell’s Bookstore case * Public defense lawyers conduct one-day
strike * Actors picket Portland ad agencies

June
16, 2000

Tradeswomen
pitch non-traditional work to students * Delta Airlines target of AFL-CIO
rally for right to organize * Wage and hour panel requires parents to
monitor teens’ night work * Bruce to retire as head of IBEW Local 48;
Edwards takes over

June
2, 2000

NW
Labor Press celebrates first century, looks to second * Judge rules Oregon
Steel must pay lost wages * AFL-CIO COPE confab June 19-20

May
19, 2000

With
help from Carpenters Union, Drywall hangers get back pay; more due * AFL-CIO
signs off on package of workers’ comp changes proposed by governor’s panel
* ATU wins $35,631 in back pay for Laidlaw crew * State of Oregon temp
workers vote for union

May
5, 2000

Northwest
Oregon Labor Council May Primary recommendations * AFL-CIO steps up to
fight permanent trading status for China * Nike billionaire Knight irked
by UofO stand on worker rights * New Xerox employees join UNITE

April 21, 2000

Labor
to remember workers killed on the job * OSHA hearings will stress need
for workplace ergonomics standard * New global economy holds peril for
American workers, Marshall warns * Workers face debilitating exposure
to countless pesticides on the job

April
7, 2000

Boeing
workers stand together, win together * School custodians stop plan to
replace them with students, other volunteers * Oregon will be test state
for national AFL-CIO’s ‘New Alliance’ program * Teacher union head debates
Bill Sizemore

March
17, 2000

AFL-CIO
weighs in on primary election * AFL-CIO survey says pay equity top concern
of women * Unionists sit-in at Washington State Capitol * Corvallis hospital
housekeepers represented by OE Local 701 intensify crusade for first contract

March
3, 2000

Oregon
AFL-CIO embarks on Labor 2000 campaign * Kaiser and unions will try national
bargaining * Head Start workers in Jackson, Josephine counties to vote
on union * Christian Coalition of Oregon in bed with Bill Sizemore

February 18, 2000

Labor
group tells feds destroying dams not the answer * Economist says Social
Security system not on verge of collapse * Engineers, technicians strike
Boeing Co. * Sizemore files signatures to put ‘paycheck deception’ back
on ballot


February 4, 2000

“Unity
rally” bolsters strikers at CleanPak * Oregon AFL-CIO files “Patients’
Bill of Rights” initiative * Skit protests oppression of banana workers
in Guatemala * UFCW Local 555 wraps up grocery contracts early

January
21, 2000

Portland
labor-management program saving tax dollars * Corvallis bus drivers get
contract * Universal health care initiative filed * State wants to use
inmate labor to build new women’s prison in Wilsonville

January
7, 2000

Oregon
AFL-CIO unfolds ambitious 2000 political plan * Governor appoints panel
to look at workers’ comp * Weston elected to head SEIU #49 * Boss wins
‘decert’ at Coos Bay newspaper

December
17, 1999

Labor
rally opens America’s eyes to WTO * DeFazio, U.S. elected officials respond
to WTO * AT&T to close Portland office; CWA strike eyed * Internet
Web designers have contract with UFCW

December
3, 1999

Chief
executive officers’ pay exploded in 1990s * Machinists help member win
back job, overtime pay * Locked-out Kaiser Aluminum workers rally outside
BPA office in Portland

November
19, 1999

How
trade came to be more important than anything else * Doctors reject contract
proposal from Providence Medical Group * Union workers display their skills
in making casks for Trojan ‘hot’ rods


November 5, 1999

Sheet
Metal Local 16 strike at CleanPak is the longest in Oregon * Anti-WTO
rally in Seattle is ‘building like a tidal wave’ * State corrections workers
make their point in week-long strike * OE #701 gets first contract at
SW Washington Medical Center


October 15, 1999

World
Trade Organization: Labor coalition begins mobilization for Seattle ‘Street
Heat’ * New leader at HERE Local 9 ambitious to organize Portland * Committees,
political action outlined by Oregon AFL-CIO * Labor works together to
pass Corvallis bus operators initiative


October 1, 1999

Organizing
a top priority for Nesbitt, Witt * Per-cap increase will fund campaigns
to fight Sizemore’s anti-union initiatives * Resolutions map out AFL-CIO
agenda * Leonard says time might be ripe for Democratic Labor Party

September 17, 1999

Nesbitt,
Witt win AFL-CIO election on white ballot * O’Connor, Petroff seek re-election
at Northwest Oregon Labor Council * Operating Engineers brace for strike
at Kaiser Permanente * Engineers decertify at Frito Lay

September
3, 1999

Fletcher
to retire from top post of Oregon AFL-CIO *Machinists at Boeing vote on
new contract * Devlaeminck drops out of race for president of AFL-CIO
* City of Portland employees reject contract extension

August
20, 1999

Union
workers move Trojan nuclear reactor to Hanford graveyard * Labor happy
to see legislative session come to an end * Proposed US West/Qwest merger
raises concerns of CWA officials * Atlas Copco workers vote 141 to 1 to
strike

August 6, 1999

New
Keizer skate park is union made * Mobilization against globalization in
Seattle the week of Nov. 30 * Labor history mural to be unveiled at Portland
Community College

July
16, 1999

The
broken promise of U.S. labor law: How ATU took on a multi-billion-dollar
company * IBEW Local 48’s Grant Zadow appointed to Port Commission *Wells
Fargo steps down as lead financier for Oregon Steel Mills * CWA’s Rosenbaum
will run for Oregon AFL-CIO first VP

July
2, 1999

Portland
unionists take ‘Freedom Tour’ at PDX * The broken promise of U.S labor
law: After 50 years of labor attempts at reform, where do unions go from
here? * Oregon AFL-CIO will seek special assessment to fight ‘right-to-work’
* Oregon AFL-CIO keeps Pac/West on Unfair/Do Not Patronize List

June
18, 1999

Labor
coalition will advocate a balanced approach to save fish * The broken
promise of U.S. labor law: Rights guaranteed but unprotected * Oregon’s
‘highest-in-nation’ minimum wage shows benefits

June
4, 1999

SEIU
49 ratifies pact at Kaiser Permanente * Painters embark on five-state
organizing campaign * Portland group seeks Katz’ support in steel dispute

May
21, 1999

Machinists
vote to end strike at Cummins NW * Bi-Mart workers censored * A member
of Roofers Local 49 earns Lifesaving Award

May
7, 1999

Local
701’s Cook takes full-time job at Port of Portland * OPEU trying to organize
‘temps’ * Striking Cummins Machinist takes own life April 28

April
16, 1999

Labor
to remember workers killed on the job * Sawyer to run for secretary-treasurer
of AFL-CIO * Klamath Falls millionaire pushes ‘JOBS Plus’ agenda * Bus
drivers walk out in protests


April 2, 1999

Corvallis
bus drivers stage one-day walkout * Union-owned Global Mariner documents
exploitation * Sheet Metal Union feels heat of prison labor competition
* House votes to roll back minimum wage

March
19, 1999

Nesbitt,
Witt announce slate for top posts in AFL-CIO * Restaurant association
continues assault on minimum wage * UFCW wants Rite Aid on boycott list
* Derfler drops “right-to-work” bill in Senate

March
5, 1999

Labor
talks Social Security with area politicians * Intel’s request for tax
break wins support * ATU files initiative petition to set prevailing wage
for bus operators * Damages due for delay in reopening Hawthorne Bridge

February
19, 1999

Senate
passes charter school bill; tip-credit lobby challenged * Trades gather
to protest unfair hiring practices * Union membership climbs nationally;
drops in Oregon

February
5, 1999

Machinists
strike parts department at Cummins * Minimum wage, farmworkers under attack
in Salem * Laidlaw Inc. driving Portland school, Corvallis bus operators
closer to strike * Steelworkers to ratchet up pressure on Wells Fargo

January 15, 1999

Oregon
jobs don’t pay living wages * AFSCME’s Devlaeminck to run for president
of Oregon AFL-CIO * US West bosses get fat pay raises
January 1, 1999

Corvallis
bus drivers closer to walking out * Oregon AFL-CIO eyes assessment to
fight ‘right-to-work’ anti-union law * ‘Union’ grocers are opening new
stores non-union * Oregon AFL-CIO won’t talk to reporters from ABC

December
18, 1998

Sizemore
sues Oregon AFL-CIO over Measure 59 * Powell’s Books trying to stifle
organizing drive by ILWU * Slain Seattle bus driver, ATU member, remembered
with procession service

December
4, 1998

Sizemore
files more ‘paycheck deception’ initiatives for 2000 * Labor fights job
safety rule changes * Students and faculty at Lewis & Clark College
ask justice for janitors

November
20, 1998

Voters
squash anti-unon Measure 59 * Transportation Department looking at Abhe
& Svoboda * CWA, US West join forces to help dislocated workers

November
6, 1998

Corvallis
bus drivers veer toward strike * Non-food employees at Eugene Freddy’s
go union * Multnomah County okays living wage * Painters win grievance
against Portland School District

October
16, 1998

Women
of Steel * Machinists win back pay from Kuni BMW * PCUN signs two more
union contracts

June
5, 1998

Lane
County grocery, meat workers on the verge of checking out * Washington
minimum wage petition still collecting signatures * SW Washington Medical
Center pays ‘hired guns’ to fight union organizing

May
15, 1998

O’Connor
sworn in as leader of NW Oregon Labor Council * Portland School District’s
budget proposes cutting 43 custodial jobs * Jobs in 21st century Oregon
to require more training * Fair highlights non-traditional career opportunities
for women

May
1, 1998

Several
hundred pay respects to workers killed on the job * SEIU embarks on organizing
drive at SW Washington Medical Center * Portland City Council okays new
living wage

April
17, 1998

Labor
Press eagle awards land * Not all who died at work will be remembered
April 28 * Labor council will hold memorial service April 28 * Oregon
Farmworkers Union signs historic first contract

April
3, 1998

Arbitrator
will decide ATU ambulance pact * Labor to observe Workers Memorial Day
* New Bakers Union T-shirt tells history of union label

March
20, 1998

Portland
janitors take to streets for justice * State labor federation prioritizes
political plans * WSLC glad Legislature is out

March
6, 1998

Bonneville
Power the focus of AFL-CIO forum * NW Oregon Labor Council’s Ron Fortune
will retire May 1 * Fahey endorsed for labor commissioner * Washington’s
Baird gears up for second run at Congress * Microsoft ruling a blow to
‘independent contractor’ dodge

Feb.
20, 1998

Living
wage initiative moves toward passage * Transit Union battles Laidlaw Inc.
* Kitzhaber wants four more years

Feb. 6, 1998

Midwest
Steel fined $1.5 million in fatal airport accident * PDX parking patrol
may strike Feb. 9 * Iron Workers Local 516 strike at Hanna-Sherman ends
after four days * Longshore Union organizes workers at Sitka Sound Seafood

Jan.
16, 1998

Martin
Luther King: A workers’ champion * Machinists stop raid at Johnson Controls
* Will California vote to silence workers?

Jan.
2, 1998

Two
seats open on Oregon AFL-CIO E-Board; new L-M committee staffed * Wells
Fargo loses more accounts * ‘Made in USA’ standard will mean what it says

Dec.
19, 1997

WSLC’s
Rick Bender elected to national AFL-CIO board * Part-time parking patrol
at PDX prepares to strike * Council adopts union position on apprentice
ratios

Dec.
5, 1997
Apple warehouse workers file for union election
* Fahey will run for Oregon labor commissioner * ‘Made in USA’ book available
* Providence Health System lands on labor’s Unfair List

Nov.
21, 1997

Steelworker
protest results in 21 arrests * Worker solidarity derails ‘fast-track’
trade bid * Coalition established to safeguard consumers from electric
deregulation


Nov. 7, 1997

November
designated Labor History Month in Oregon * Northwest Labor Press captures
first-place award * AFL-CIO lands $100k FMCS grant * IAM inks pact at
high-tech Siemens Solar

Oct.
17, 1997

Service
Employees ratify contract, end 33-day Kaiser strike * U of O President
Frohmayer still supports LERC 20 years later * Medford area plans new
Labor Temple


Oct. 3, 1997

AFL-CIO
ready to unfurl tax fairness initiative for ’98 ballot * AFL-CIO convention
delegates show solidarity with striking Kaiser workers * AFL-CIO says
Nucor should make commitments before getting tax breaks * LERC celebrates
20 years at the University of Oregon

Sept.
19, 1997

National
AFL-CIO steps into fray between Kaiser and SEIU * Klare to leave AFL-CIO
to join political consulting firm * COPE voting records released * Local
290 member has niche product for Harley-Davidson motorcycle riders


Sept. 5, 1997

Victory
at UPS * Service Employees strike Kaiser * UFCW imaging techs settle at
Kaiser

Aug.
15, 1997

3
Iron Workers killed in airport garage collapse * Music, rides, food will
highlight Labor Day picnic at Oaks Park * Striking Teamsters say ‘part-time
America won’t work’ * UFCW strikes Kaiser

Aug.
1, 1997

Washington
apple industry organizing drive gets juiced * UFCW ready to strike Kaiser
* Labor commissioner hints at re-run

July
18, 1997

Labor
takes steps to become ‘Union City’ * U.S. Supreme Court overturns class-action
asbestos lawsuit * Freightliner contract ratified

July
4, 1997

Labor
troubled by farm worker bill * Labor council, Saturn announce partnership
to raise funds for needy * SEIU Local 49 to strike Kaiser facilities *
Rep. Elizabeth Furse says three terms are enough


June 20, 1997

Sony
workers’ overtures spark organizing drive * Senate and House at odds over
key labor, budget issues * Pastors arrested with farmworker organizers
* Harry Wu reveals Kmart buying from Chinese Army


June 6, 1997

Labor
‘Teach-in’ attracts huge crowd * FTC aims to change meaning of ‘Made in
U.S.A.’ label * Port police, parking patrol get $55,000 in overtime back
pay

May
16, 1997

Unions
and church reach out to Northeast community * ‘Tax Fairness Now!’ confab
draws 200; political action campaign in the

works
* Portland Metal Trades workers convert spy ship into oil-drilling vessel

May
2, 1997

OPEIU
Local 11 secures seven-year, no-layoff deal at NW Natural Gas * UFCW Local
555 wraps Portland area meat and grocery contracts early * Huge labor/management
alliance introduced at Kaiser Permanente

April
18, 1997

More
Oregon workers die on the job than are reported * AFL-CIO to memorialize
those killed, injured on job * So-called ‘Columbia Pacific Building Trades
Directory’ news to real building trades council

April
4, 1997

‘Union
Cities’ program launched in Seattle * What’s wrong with Oregon’s tax system?
* Republicans introduce bill to ban all boycotts

March
21, 1997

Fracas
looms over ‘right-to-work,’ eight-hour workday * IAM members get haz-mat
training * AFL-CIO launches outreach drive for working women