March 15, 2024 issue

Boeing back in bargaining – first time in 16 years

In the past Boeing schemed to squeeze concessions out of workers and taxpayers. This year union leaders are looking for a reboot.

Battle breaks out between labor and AGC

It took two years and a state law for building trades unions to bargain a deal with ODOT. Now a contractor group wants to blow it up.

Biden once again touts unions in State of the Union

On March 7, President Joe Biden once again used the widely watched speech as a pulpit to promote labor unions.

Biden announces Postal Board pick: Marty Walsh 

Postal unions are applauding President Biden’s new nominee to serve on the Postal Board of Governors: Marty Walsh.

A labor look at the 2024 Oregon Legislature 

Organized labor notched several legislative wins in the five-week “short session” of the Oregon Legislature that ended March 7.

Judge strikes down NLRB’s landmark ‘joint employer’ rule

The National Labor Relations Board was all set to stop companies from dodging labor law by using temp agencies and franchise structures.

Workplace Wins in Washington: A look at the 2024 legislative session

A bill to extend unemployment benefits to striking workers died, but lawmakers passed other measures to bolster workers rights.

Together we rise

An new mural at the Oregon AFL-CIO headquarters is the work of a talented Local 1094 sign painter, Bob Hansen.

Child labor violations at Vancouver trampoline park

Washington State Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) found that 40 teenage workers at Sky Zone worked more hours than legally allowed.

Portland police union files initiative petitions

One of the potential initiatives would undo features of the police accountability measure voters approved in 2020.

After restorative justice coordinators unionize, Portland Public Schools ‘unassigns’ them

Although there’s no indication that the cuts are linked to their organizing efforts, workers say they feel anxious and disrespected.

MMA marks a new start for a laborer with a checkered past

Martial arts helped Jimmy Jennett recover from drug addiction, and he opened a gym in 2018 to share his story.

Union trades workers left in the dark as Portland Public Schools prepares to sell HQ

A proposal years in the making to sell Portland Public Schools headquarters to Albina Vision Trust is moving forward.

Frank Jackson, 1937-2024

The Eugene fire fighter and Lane County Central Labor Council leader helped pass Oregon’s public worker union law.

Musicians Local 99 staff unionize

Portland's Musicians Local 99 recognized ILWU Local 5 as the bargaining representative for its two union staffers.

Oregon labor is all-in for Julie Su

Despite confirmation as deputy secretary of labor in 2021, a few senators have been trying to block a vote on her nomination as secretary.