On The Job With

The job: Put an end to homelessness

Katie DeSantis was homeless for 20 years. Then she secured stable housing, earned a degree, and began working for homeless service agencies.

At work, finding homes for the homeless

Formerly homeless herself, AFSCME Local 88 member Salma Azizza today works to get unsheltered people into housing and get the help they need.

Toxic Work Environment

You name it, AFSCME-represented hazardous waste workers handle it. The job combines science, a strong stomach and a whole lot of caution.

On the job with the Portland Police Association

Portland Police officer Jordan Zaitz says she’s frustrated and discouraged by worsening crime. She looks to her union as a source of support.

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.

On the job with Bakers Local 114

Bite into a burger at any Portland-area Wendy’s or Burger King, and there’s a one in three chance the bun began with Mario Aldaco.

On the Job with IUEC Local 23

A combination electrician, iron worker and finish carpenter, elevator constructors are highly-paid specialists among building trades workers.

On the job with IATSE Local 28

Almost no one knows what they do, but entertainment riggers are the workers that make the spectacle of show business possible.

On the Job with Plasterers Local 82

You might think plasterers would mostly be working in plaster, but today, fireproofing makes up half of Plasterers Local 82’s work.