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Sneaky Nabisco tries to outsource Teamster work

Local 206 filed suit in U.S. District Court saying Nabisco outsourced work, then refused to follow the grievance process.

USPS may stop processing mail in Eugene and Medford

If the proposed changes are approved, items mailed in Medford or Eugene would be first trucked to Portland, then trucked back.

Owens-Brockway glass recycling plant down to skeleton crew

About 75 workers may have clocked in for the last time July 21 at Oregon's largest glass bottle recycling plant.

Daily News no longer longer printed daily

Longview's daily newspaper, like most of the 77 owned by Lee Enterprises, is reducing print publication schedule to three days a week.

Hillsboro hospital outsources housekeeping and food service

More than 50 housekeepers and food service workers are being offered jobs at a contractor, Compass One Healthcare. They may be better off.

Out of nowhere, Portland budgets for staff and service cuts

Mayor Ted Wheeler had second thoughts about his own budget proposal. City unions say his last-minute changes will lead to layoffs.

Low pay causing problems recruiting and retaining state workers

There are now nearly 9,000 vacancies across state agencies in Oregon, and 9% of budgeted positions are currently vacant.

Locals snubbed for nuclear work

Almost 50 union boilermakers in Washington are losing work because managers at a nuclear energy facility hired an out-of-state contractor. 

Union Craftsmanship

Harver Company earned triple honors for the work done by members of Plasterers Local 82 on the Oregon Supreme Court building.

Washington County picks AMR, dumps nonunion ambulance firm

County commissioners voted Feb. 21 to end a decades-long relationship with MetroWest and go with American Medical Response starting July 1.

Eugene bans natural gas in new house construction

Building trades union officials from UA Local 290 and Operating Engineers Local 701 were among those testifying against the ordinance.

Broadway Corridor talks revive with new developers

Unions helped negotiate a landmark community benefits agreement ensuring the project would create high-road jobs, before the last developer pulled out.

Albertsons’ $4 billion dividend moves forward

Attorneys general are concerned the dividend could cripple Albertsons at the same time regulators are evaluating the company's proposed merger with Kroger.

Proposed $10 billion hydrogen project commits to use union labor

Oregon and Washington building trades councils are backing plans by Obsidian Renewables to produce, store and transport hydrogen in the Pacific Northwest.

Metro privatizes AV at Oregon Convention Center

On Dec. 18, a week before Christmas, all seven part-time AV technicians at the publicly-owned event space were laid off.

Washington County could pick a union ambulance firm

For the first time in decades, American Medical Response (AMR) has a chance to outbid anti-union Metro West.

Cities look at banning natural gas

A handful of unions say prohibiting natural gas in new construction is bad for workers, for energy diversity and for cost.

Washington sues to stop Albertsons’ $4 billion dividend

Unions representing grocery workers say the outsized payout could destroy the nation’s number two grocery chain.

Airlines plagued by delays, canceled flights

Airlines have faced growing criticism for a surge in flight delays and cancellations, and failure to refund customers.

Metro pushes to privatize Convention Center AV department

The Metro regional government wants to contract out audio/visual jobs at the Oregon Convention Center - jobs that are currently held by union workers.