Homecoming for Liz Shuler

In 1993 U of O grad Liz Shuler went to work at Portland-based IBEW Local 125, her father’s local. Today she’s America’s top union leader.

IBEW honors life savers

Three Local 48 members helped save the lives of two ironworkers after a roof collapse on a construction project in summer 2020.

Introducing Colin Staub

NW Labor Press brought on a new labor reporter Jan. 3. Colin Staub has reported for the Newberg Graphic and trade papers the last 7 years.

Labor Press editor to retire 

Michael Gutwig, 65, is retiring Dec. 31 after 35 years as editor of the Northwest Labor Press.

For a lifelong labor educator, the end of the ninth inning arrives

Bob Bussel did security for Cesar Chavez. He had lunch with the real Norma Rae. And he spent 27 years training generations of labor leaders.


Portland JwJ has a new leader, as does Unite Oregon, and Governor Brown appoints a new batch of labor officials to state advisory boards.

Back on the job with Musicians Local 99

Eighteen months after the Oregon Symphony went silent, Alicia Waite and her fellow members of AFM Local 99 are back making music. 

On the job with Iron Workers Local 29

Courtney Newberg found her dream job in a tough, traditionally male construction craft.

Labor peace at TriMet?

With a new general manager at TriMet, an era of antagonism between the transit agency and its union may have come to a close.

Belinda Reagan closes the book on decades of involvement

Reagan was president of Portland Federation of School Professionals, AFT Local 111, representing 1,400 staff at Portland Public Schools.


Sherman Henry and Lina Stepick leave LERC, ONA's director departs, and Mayor Wheeler reappoints Willy Myers to Prosper Portland.

Doctor Organizer: Joe Crane

In 2009, Joe Crane was working graveyard on the Portland Frito-Lay assembly line. Today he’s national organizing director at a doctors union.

Oregon honors first Education Support Professional of the Year, Paula Steinweg

The new award, for school support workers, is the result of an OSEA-backed bill passed by the Oregon Legislature in 2019.

Governor Brown nominates unionists

Several union figures were among the 76 individuals recently appointed by Oregon Governor Kate Brown to state board and commissions.

New workforce liaison at Oregon AFL-CIO

Josh Hall was president of United Steelworkers Local 7150. Now he'll help dislocated union workers get unemployment and other benefits.

Leadership change at Portland Jobs with Justice

Will Layng is leaving as executive director to return to SEIU, where he formerly worked as organizing director at Local 49.

Taking a building trades agenda to the Oregon Capitol

Electrician Wayne Chow, lobbying for the building trades in Salem, knows the difference a union makes, having suffered wage theft first hand.

Ready for prime time

A Portland building trades union member is a contestant on Season Two of CBS’  hit prime time reality show Tough as Nails.

IBEW’s Marcy Grail to chair Energy Facility Siting Council

The council is responsible for large electric generating facilities, transmission lines, gas pipelines, and radioactive waste disposal sites.

Building trades’ Camarillo named to I-5 Bridge advisory group

The bi-state group will develop recommendations for replacing the aging I-5 bridge over the Columbia River between Portland and Vancouver.