Laborers Local 483

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.

Workwear for worrisome streets

Workers who maintain City of Portland sewage infrastructure recently received new city-issued workwear: bulletproof vests.

Strike Stories

2023 was the biggest strike year in decades. We asked readers who struck last year to tell what it was like.

When snow and ice hit, union members were the first to respond

During severe weather, hundreds of union-represented workers keep the region running, from electric linemen to snowplow and bus operators.

Laborers Local 483 wins wage hikes for zoo and parks workers in tentative deal with Metro

The agreement will increase wages and paid time off for roughly 250 workers at the Oregon Zoo and regional parks.

City of Portland fined for wrecking bar accident

The Aug. 11 workplace accident sent a metal bar through a City of Portland maintenance worker’s stomach.

Portland Bureau of Transportation could lay off 88

Union job cuts in the city's transportation bureau would mean more potholes and fewer streets plowed for snow.

Local 483 raising funds for gravely injured city worker

A City of Portland maintenance worker was impaled by a metal bar at work. His union has launched a fundraiser to support him as he recovers.

Out of nowhere, Portland budgets for staff and service cuts

Mayor Ted Wheeler had second thoughts about his own budget proposal. City unions say his last-minute changes will lead to layoffs.

City workers win wage gains after 3-day strike

The wastewater treatment plant picket drew a police presence after unsubstantiated allegations by Portland mayor Ted Wheeler of picket line violence.

Portland City Laborers begin strike

Laborers Local 483 wants raises that keep up with inflation. City HR says no, and Mayor Wheeler prepares to hire scabs.

Portland recreation dispute near resolution

City of Portland HR tried to pull a fast one: A revised step scale in which no one would be paid at the top step.

Sotomayor steps in as business manager at Laborers 483

The public sector LiUNA local is currently preparing for a strike at its biggest unit: the City of Portland.

Portland laborers closer to strike

Laborers Local 483 and the City are far apart on wage negotiations, meaning workers across three City bureaus could strike in early February.

City workers practice picketing as management continues to stall

In the month since the City of Portland pledged to present its wage proposal to Laborers Local 483, workers still haven’t received an offer.

What do airport workers want? Raises that beat inflation

Portland International Airport workers represented by IBEW Local 48 and Laborers Local 483 are tired of working without raises.

Contract fight looms for City of Portland laborers

After seven months of bargaining, workers across three City of Portland bureaus have signaled they’re willing to strike.

One-time union steward runs for governor

John Sweeney, 82, is a former union officer with Laborers Local 483 and is running for Oregon governor in the Democratic primary.

Unsafe streets: Deteriorating public safety is impacting workers on the job

Attacks on parks workers. Assaults on bus drivers. Safety concerns are driving some employees to leave their jobs altogether.

Portland Parks and Recreation is hiring

The jobs are union and include park maintenance, rec center customer service, exercise instructors, camp counselors, and aquatic staff.