April 19, 2024 issue

Oregon Health and Science University’s wage offer: 0%

Bargaining with about 250 postdoctoral researchers, OHSU's wage offer is remarkable: a three-year contract with raises of 0% each year.

Teamsters declare boycott of Coors

About 420 members of Teamsters Local 997 at the Coors brewery in Fort Worth, Texas, have been on strike since Feb. 17 seeking fair raises.

Blumenauer’s final stand: Cutting back a trade loophole

Nearly a billion packages were mailed directly and duty free from China to U.S. consumers last year, some containing narcotics.

JobCorps crew leaves mark on Oregon Labor Center

Oregon AFL-CIO’s Portland headquarters got a spruce-up in early April thanks to a paint crew from Timber Lake Job Corps in Estacada. 

New ‘Cemex’ rule makes unionizing easier 

It’s the latest measure from the NLRB general counsel Jennifer Abruzzo intended to short-circuit union-busting.

300 more PeaceHealth SW workers go union

The unit would include audiologists, pharmacists, counselors, dieticians, physical therapists, speech-language pathologists, and others.

Outsourced lab workers respond by unionizing

More than 400 health care lab workers at Lab Corporation of America in Oregon and Washington will vote this May whether to join the OFNHP.

New contract at Portland Hilton, after two years bargaining

A new agreement with UNITE HERE Local 8 raises wages and restores automatic daily room cleaning at the Hilton and Duniway hotels in Portland. 

New contract at Clarios 

Workers at the Clarios auto battery plant in Canby, Oregon, ratified a new four-year agreement Feb. 20 that limits mandatory overtime. 

The 10 most dangerous jobs

Vehicle accidents and falls caused more than half of on-the-job deaths in 2022. Here are the jobs with the highest rates of fatal injuries.

Killed on the job in 2023

Here are the names of the 66 Oregon and Southwest Washington workers who died on the job or from injuries sustained while working last year.

Increasingly, letter carriers face armed robbery

To counter a 200% increase in robberies of letter carriers in the last six years, lawmakers introduced a new bill at their union's request. 

On a mission to organize every sign shop

One diehard union supporter has played a part in all three sign shops that unionized in the last several years.

Dick Harmon, 1937-2024

Richard Harmon, an influential community organizer and mentor to generations of organizers, died Feb. 6 in Portland.

Honoring the Key Bridge workers

The bridge collapse highlighted that immigrants often work in hazardous occupations, with construction jobs ranking among the most dangerous.

Critical mission: workplace safety

More than 50 years ago on April 28 the Occupational Safety and Health Act went into effect, promising every worker the right to a safe job.