Unions are democratic organizations of workers — united for their own mutual aid and protection and to promote and defend the rights and interests of fellow workers. In the Union Organizing section, we report on efforts to unionize non-union workplaces, and on employer efforts to oppose unionization.
A group of Little Big Burger employees — accompanied by over 100 picket-sign-wielding supporters — presented a letter to a Northwest Portland restaurant manager seeking union recognition.
At ATI Cast Products, a blitz of anti-union meetings turned a pro-union majority to a minority and resulted in a 285-179 vote against joining the United Steelworkers.
Multnomah County is proposing to recognize 100 on-call workers as part of the union, while leaving 200 out.
The vote was 12 in favor of joining Communications Workers of America Local 7901, and 14 opposed.
Burgerville Workers Union now has majority support at the Convention Center and Montavilla restaurants.
In a real-life demonstration that every vote counts, support staff at Providence Portland hospital have won a union by a single vote — after an on-again, off-again campaign that goes back 20 years.
Members of the Portland Police Association hand-delivered letters to emergency communications dispatchers inviting them to leave their union, AFSCME, and instead join the police union.
The two sides have agreed to begin bargaining by March 15.
Before Oregon home care workers unionized in 2001, they earned $8.14 an hour and had no benefits, not even workers’ comp for injuries on the job. A new documentary tells their story.
When drivers voted to unionize, MTR Western terminated its contract to run Columbia County’s CC Rider transit service.