Voters in four states ban union ‘card-check’

Dec 3, 2010

Voters in four Republican-dominated states passed measures Nov. 2 to ban the “card check” method of unionizing. But the measures may be struck down in the courts, because they encroach on rights protected by the National Labor Relations Act.

Machinists Union loses Delta elections; complaint filed

Dec 3, 2010

In a pair of votes in November, the Machinists lost a campaign to represent 13,800 Delta Air Lines workers. The votes follow on the heels of a Nov. 3 loss by Association of Flight Attendants among 20,000 Delta flight attendants.

Mohlis, Byrd named to governor-elect’s transition team

Dec 3, 2010

Oregon Governor-elect John Kitzhaber campaigned on job creation, and even before taking office announced the formation of five teams aimed at helping grow Oregon’s economy. Each team will develop statutory and regulatory recommendations for the legislative session that begins Feb. 1.

IBEW and NECA light up The Grotto, once again

Dec 3, 2010

Volunteer electricians from IBEW Local 48 helped The Grotto in Northeast Portland get ready for its annual Festival of Lights electricians, mounting panels and assembling temporary power boxes that supply power to more than half a million lights and fiber-optic and animated displays.

Free Geek employees vote to join Portland CWA Local 7901

Nov 19, 2010

A group of 19 workers at local non-profit Free Geek have unionized with Communications Workers of America. Free Geek prides itself on an unusual form of collective management by democratic consensus. But as the group grew, a sub-caste developed — of lower-paid employees who weren’t in the collective.

Delta flight attendants say ‘no’ to union

Nov 19, 2010

In votes counted Nov. 3, Delta Air Lines flight attendants chose not to be represented by Association of Flight Attendants. It was Delta flight attendants’ third unionization vote in a decade.

Labor vote makes the difference in tight Oregon races

Nov 19, 2010

In Oregon, organized labor’s get-out-the-vote campaign propelled Democrat John Kitzhaber to the governor’s mansion. Kitzhaber defeated political newcomer Chris Dudley by the narrowest of margins. Labor-endorsed candidates also fared quite well down the ticket.

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