Profiles. Individual honors, successes, remembrances.
Lansing retired Dec. 2 after a lifetime of involvement in the labor movement.
The region’s largest construction union, 23,000-member Pacific Northwest Regional Council of Carpenters, has a new top officer: Evelyn Shapiro. Shapiro, 40, is the first woman ever elected to head a regional council of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters in the United States.
Northwest Labor Press office manager Cheri Rice is retiring after 20 years; succeeding her is Jill Lukens. Both have long connections to local unionism.
Robert Camarillo, the new leader of Oregon’s construction unions, is a 41-year-old first generation American with the heart of an organizer.
Jennifer Dorning is the first woman to hold the post at the coalition of 24 national unions in professional, technical, and other highly skilled occupations.
Long-time Labor Notes leader Mark Brenner will focus on teaching, while UCLA sociologist Lina Stepick will serve labor as a researcher.
Robertson was lauded as a ‘Building Trades champion’ for transforming the South Waterfront and Marquam Hill with union labor.
Gillispie, 69, is retiring after a 43-year career in the union movement working for AFSCME and UFCW Local 555.
A dose of sass — and a sense of when to pick her battles — helped overcome many obstacles in an overwhelmingly white male construction workplace.
Union leaders hoped the board would hire a change agent from outside to take the transit agency in a different direction.