Painters District Council 5

R&H Construction pays $193,000 to settle wage theft case

Strung along by their employer and then Oregon’s labor bureau, workers got paid in February for work they did in 2021.

Clarence Noon, 1939-2021

Noon was a business rep for the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades District Council 55 and later Council 5.

City of Portland union coalition has new leadership

DCTU—a coalition of six unions—negotiates a collective bargaining agreement that covers about 1,100 City of Portland employees in all.

Wages rise over $3 an hour in new Painters contracts

The July 1 raises are the culmination of a ready-to-strike strategy the union set in motion in 2017.

Who won the Presents From Partners’ Toy Challenge? The results are in

Five unions competed for bragging rights in the annual Presents from Partners Toy Challenge.

STARs of Painters/Drywall Finishers Local 10 and Floor Coverers Local 1236

After completing skill advancement and safety courses, members of Painters & Drywall Finishers Local 10 and Floor Coverers Local 1236 got cash and other bonuses at the May 31 STAR Awards banquet.

OSHA fines Ross Island Bridge paint contractor $189,000 for safety violations that led to near-fatal accident

After an accident that seriously injured two workers in a 37' fall, OSHA levies its biggest fine in more than five years, saying contractor Abhe & Svoboda knowingly put workers at risk.


At the ODOT bridge contractor where a 40-foot fall sent two workers to the hospital, at least four former employees say they were let go after complaining of dangerous work conditions.

Abhe & Svoboda fires union salt amid safety complaints

Nonunion paint contractor Abhe & Svoboda faces civil rights, labor and safety complaints on a $22 million Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) painting project underneath the Ross Island Bridge.

UNDER THE ROSS ISLAND BRIDGE: Investigating a low-bid nonunion contractor, a union finds problems aplenty

Under the Ross Island Bridge Feb. 8, a painter plummeted 40 feet and landed on his own son, putting both in the hospital.

Toothless law: 3 years in, still no penalty for flagrant unionbuster

The three-year legal saga of a local union-busting paint contractor shows how weak U.S. labor law can be.

Federal judge orders employer to hire seven union painters

Edwards Painting violated federal labor law 18 separate ways.

At an upscale Pearl District apartment project, a union blows the whistle on wage theft

General contractor Lorentz Bruun pays $85,000 to settle DOL case against woman-owned paint subcontractor

New leadership at Painters Local 10

Mike Keebaugh succeeds Roben White, who opted not to run for re-election

Painting contractor tells NLRB he would rather close up shop than go union

Company owner represents himself in five-day trial

NLRB says painting contractor broke federal labor law

Nonunion Edwards Painting of Oregon City will go before a judge May 6

Strike on horizon at City of Portland

City denies vacation requests, and union gets "ready to walk"

Unions wary as Portland bargaining begins amid plans for cuts

Job security will be a top concern in bargaining between the City of Portland and a union coalition

DCTU reaches tentative contract with City of Portland

Following months of often contentious bargaining, a coalition of seven unions representing 1,800 city employees reached a tentative agreement with the City of Portland on a new three-year contract.