A union arborist, root and branch

Laborers Local 483 member Jayne Lacey has combined a lifelong passion for climbing trees with a commitment to public service.

Pipes of purpose: How a master plumber can change lives

From Brazil to Nepal, South Africa to New Guinea, Jed Scheuermann taps the skills of his trade to safeguard human health and dignity.

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.

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.

Five decades a Machinist

Bob Petroff left Machinists District Lodge W24 headquarters this month, the close of 49 years of involvement with the union.

Planting the seeds of solidarity

Union stewards like OPEIU Local 11 officer Kim King are the backbone of the labor movement.

Marcy Grail departs IBEW

Marcy Grail left IBEW Local 125 for a position at Kiewit. Russell Smith was appointed to succeed her as assistant business manager.

‘Organize the work’

After a decade helming the local union building trades, Willy Myers leaves a unique legacy.

Labor Council ambush: Union volunteer honored for ‘Job well done’

Near the close of NW Oregon Labor Council’s Oct. 23 delegates meeting, Mark Sturbois was called to the front for a surprise ceremony.


Staff changes at OPEIU Local 11, Oregon AFSCME, Oregon AFL-CIO, Oregon Building Trades, and U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley's office.

Local 29 ironworker will work for Washington building trades

Journeyman Minna Long started a new job Aug. 28 with the Washington State Building Trades Council.

Referee for democracy

Larry Taylor is on a mission: training members on how to use the tools of democracy in their unions.

Jodi Guetzloe Parker’s life in Labor

Never one to seek the limelight, she served the Laborers for decades as a tireless foot soldier for the cause of labor.

UO LERC now fully staffed

The addition of Rebekah Whittaker and Janet Bauer means LERC can expand its reach of research and trainings.

New union rep for Northwest Natural

Jordan Fosdick, a service technician at the natural gas utility, will represent nearly 600 members of OPEIU Local 11.

The skill to save a life

A union crane operator earns a police commendation for keeping cool when it mattered.


Nurses are burned out and quitting the profession like never before. One psychiatric nurse shares why she quit her job at Unity.

Juggling, hula-hooping bus driver hears birds calling

Bus operator Cindy Kassab, a member of ATU Local 747, heads into retirement with honors after a record 47 years driving for TriMet.

Union: How to turn a job into a career 

Workers who help homeless addicts can be one mishap away from homelessness themselves. Their union gives hope it can be a longterm calling.

Roofer to professor, and back again

Local 49’s new organizer Matt Lambert is ready to scream the union gospel from the rooftops.