Oregon AFSCME leader joins national leadership

Corey Hope Nicholson will represent AFSCME’s six-state Northwest Region as vice president on the union’s national executive board.

Yamhill County Employees Association declares impasse, may strike

The union representing nearly 400 Yamhill County workers said cost of living raises proposed by the county are insufficient.

AFSCME behavioral health apprenticeship nets federal funding

Rep. Suzanne Bonamici and former Rep. Kurt Schrader requested the funding through the federal government spending bill Congress approved in December.

The lessons of 1968 still matter today

Dr. King’s vision of unifying economic and racial justice cannot be forgotten.

Labor-backed alliance to push bold agenda in the state capitol

2015 could be a breakthrough year for pro-worker legislation

New contract for AFSCME members at Metro

If ratified, 300+ workers will get 2.82% raises, and pay an extra 2% of health insurance premiums

Labor tallies a raft of wins in local primary elections

Labor stopped the Bull Run Takeover, saved two incumbents, and sent a union rep to the state house

Eight reasons Portland union members should vote ‘no’ on the Water District measure

Soaked by high water bills, 26-156 might sound like a good idea … ’til you know the details.

After years of delay, Obama DOL says home care workers will get minimum wage, overtime

A decades-old exclusion ends for nearly 2 million workers.

We are the 99 percent: Unions get behind the Occupy movement

Unions line up in support of Occupy Wall Street as the movement explodes.

Oregon AFL-CIO 52nd Convention

At a time when labor is under attack, delegates put aside differences to declare “We are one”

Oregon public employee unions reach deal with state

Union bargainers agree — for the first time — to give up fully-paid health coverage.

Portland bus brigade travels to rallies at 8 worksites

With 8+ union contracts expiring June 30, activists thought, “Why not get all the unions together?”

Oregon Legislative session 2011 a mixed bag for labor

Oregon lawmakers wrapped up the 2011 Legislative session June 30. If there was anything memorable in it for working people, it was that lawmakers finally cut corporate tax breaks down to size … except when they were giving out new ones. It was also the year that the Oregon Legislature gave state agencies a new aspirational goal: Lay off managers, not just front-line state employees. In a state with 9.6 percent unemployment, the closest lawmakers got to passing a jobs bill was a pilot project that will employ some workers on energy efficiency retrofits of public schools, or maybe the new law removing procedural roadblocks to pipelines and other “linear” construction projects.

AFL-CIO’s Union Summer returns to Portland

Portland has been selected one of eight cities to host Union Summer, a 10-week national AFL-CIO internship program for college students.