32,000 Delta/Northwest airline workers vote on unionization

Oct 15, 2010

About 32,000 flight attendants, ramp workers, ticket agents and other workers at Delta airlines workers will decide over the next several months whether or not to be union-represented — under new rules that eliminate a major obstacle to winning union representation.

Unions fight Washington ballot measure to privatize workers comp

Oct 15, 2010

A lot is at stake on the Washington ballot this year, and the Washington State Labor Council, the statewide body of the AFL-CIO, is working to get the word out about ballot measures that will impact workers — like a measure to privatize Washington’s workers’ comp system.

Labor pulling hard for Kitzhaber

Oct 15, 2010

In an Oregon governor’s race close enough to hinge on union member turnout, organized labor is pulling hard for John Kitzhaber, while Chris Dudley lacks any union endorsement. That’s because Kitzhaber’s platform is much closer to what the union movement has been advocating in Salem. It’s also because Kitzhaber has sought union support, and Dudley has not.

CWA member retires after 44 years in printing trades

Oct 1, 2010

Bonnie Kelsch, a member of Communications Workers of America Local 7901, retired Sept. 16 after 44 years in the printing trades. Her retirement was celebrated with a reception at Oregon Catholic Press, where she has worked the last 21 years.

Union electrician runs for Oregon House

Oct 1, 2010

In suburban South Salem, career union electrician Claudia Kyle is making an energetic run for state representative. Kyle, a Democrat, is challenging two-term incumbent Republican Kevin Cameron, owner of a 12-location restaurant chain, Cafe Today. Kyle is a licensed electrician and a 31-year member of International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers.

Bashing teachers unions: AFT talks back

Oct 1, 2010

Is a coordinated attack on teachers unions under way? Recent front-page magazine articles, op-ed pieces, news stories —and a documentary — bash teachers unions, but mostly they don’t give unions a chance to respond. To make up for that, the Northwest Labor Press contacted American Federation of Teachers and spoke with Rob Weil, director of field programs.

Organized labor in agreement: ‘Give Congress Heck!’

Oct 1, 2010

By DON McINTOSH, Associate Editor One of the most closely-watched electoral races in America is taking place in Washington’s Third Congressional District. Money is pouring into the contest between Democrat Denny Heck and Republican Jaime

Fired BrucePac workers reinstated

Sep 20, 2010

BrucePac, a Willamette Valley cooked meat processor, has offered reinstatement and back pay to three of the 17 union supporters it fired in June 2009.

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