February 16, 2024 issue

To avoid bankruptcy, ILWU pays $20.5 million to replace a shipper’s lost profits

It’s the final chapter in a fight over two jobs, a dispute that shut down container shipping in Portland for years.

AFL-CIO condemns Hamas attacks, calls for cease-fire

The AFL-CIO, the federation of labor unions that represents about 12.5 million working people, issued a call Feb. 8 for a cease-fire in Gaza.

Flight attendants could be near a season of strikes

Alaska Airlines flight attendants voted 99.48% to authorize a strike, and flight attendants at 3 other airlines are in late-stage mediation.

BOLI head: Oregon labor law enforcement needs fix

Oregon Labor Commissioner Christina Stephenson took charge of an agency with chronic underfunding and heavy case backlogs.

Labor-backed bills moving in short session

Oregon lawmakers are about halfway through the 2024 “short session,” a 35-day session often referred to as a legislative sprint.

Washington House votes to allow unemployment benefits for strikers

HB 1893 passed the Washington House of Representatives 53-44 on Feb. 13 and now goes to the Washington Senate.

PeaceHealth deploys home health nurse strikebreakers in Eugene

Registered nurses who provide home care service for PeaceHealth Sacred Heart started a two-week strike Feb. 10.

Bike mechanics get union contract

Workers at Community Cycling Center ratified a one-year contract that increases paid time off, ensures cost of living raises, and establishes basic union protections.

Broad gains in new PCC faculty contract

The new agreement covering more than 1,500 Portland Community College faculty contains major improvements for part-timers.

Stumptown Stages dumps musicians from musical theater

The nonprofit musical theater company is laying off its union musicians, saying it will use recorded music in upcoming productions.

Under-market workers get pay bump at Multnomah County

About 300 union workers at Multnomah County will get raises this month to bring their salaries in line with other public sector employees.8

Bringing veterans to the trades

Columbia Pacific Building Trades Council made a sizable contribution to Helmets to Hardhats, which connects veterans to the union trades.

Middle schoolers ready to strike

“Newsies” is loosely based on the real-life story of a 1899 strike by child newspaper hawkers in New York City.

NLRB: No more dodging labor law with temp agencies and franchise structures

Workers will soon bargain with all companies that have a say in their working conditions — not just the one whose name is on their paycheck.

Tip theft at Pizzicato and McMenamins

A Portland-area chain agreed to pay $540,000 to 367 employees after U.S. DOL found managers were unlawfully sharing tips given to workers.

Streak of union wins at Legacy

An extraordinary wave of union organizing in the Legacy Health system continued in recent weeks, with three more units voting to unionize.

Reporters go union at Portland Mercury

Index Media owns the Mercury, the Stranger, Bold Type Tickets, and EverOut. Its publications cover news, arts, and culture.

Northwest Workers Justice Project recognizes union

NWJP is a legal nonprofit that trains workers about their rights, advocates for pro-worker policies, and provides legal aid to workers.

At PFSP, a surge in member involvement leads to contract wins

A revolt that began last year among rank-and-file members of AFT Local 111 has culminated in the best contract the union has won in years.

IBEW Local 280 offers $1,000 bounty for new members

So far the incentive program has paid out $198,000 to about 81 union members and the 116 new recruits they referred.

Portland City Council questions USPS plans

Portland City Council is asking the U.S. Postal Service to hold a local public hearing about its plan to consolidate mail sorting in Oregon.

Oregon labor is still strike ready

This is our time to push back on the rigged economic system and win what’s ours from the wealth our labor creates.