Worker safety

Masonry workers working COVID safe

BAC Local 1 held a video contest showing how masonry workers are finding ways to work COVID-safe—like a hydraulic arm lifting concrete blocks in place.

Pandemic effects ripple across the construction industry

Across the building trades, opinions vary about whether to stay working or stay at home in the midst of a pandemic.

On-the-job fatalities in Oregon in 2019

Fifty-nine Oregon workers lost their lives on the job last year. Here are their names and occupations.

Health care workers on the front lines

As hospitals prepare for an expected surge in serious respiratory illnesses from the coronavirus, medical staff are sounding the alarm.

Postal workers try to stay safe as USPS reels from dropoff in mail

USPS could run out of money by June, but Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell left it out of the just-passed stimulus bill.

Transit: Ridership plummets, but no workers are facing layoff, and cleaners are working overtime

In Eugene and Salem, bus service is now free. In Portland, new machines are disinfecting buses and trains with peroxide mist nightly.

Grocery stores respond to epidemic: Sneezeguards, raises, bonuses, and a hiring spree

With grocery workers on the front lines of the coronavirus response, Safeway/Albertsons is raising pay $2 an hour, while Kroger is paying $300 bonuses.

The coronavirus pandemic is turning life upside down for working people 

From worried nurses to overwhelmed grocery workers, from layoffs to the stock collapse’s impact on pensions, a look at the epidemic’s impacts on working people and union members.

OSHA signs off on reduced fine against bridge painting contractor

Nearly three years after a near-fatal workplace accident under the Ross Island Bridge, contractor Abhe & Svoboda will pay just $24,500 in a settlement with Oregon OSHA, down from the $189,000 first announced. The non-union firm continues to bid on ODOT work.

Merkley, Bonamici applaud House panel vote to ban asbestos

The Alan Reinstein Ban Asbestos Now Act of 2019 now goes to the full House.

Remembering those killed on the job

Workers Memorial Day ceremonies were held throughout the world the week of April 28 to remember workers killed on the job.

Portland ironworker killed in crane mishap in Seattle

An ironworker from Seattle Local 86 was also killed in the accident at Google’s new campus project.

Two years after a horrifying bridge accident, Abhe & Svoboda still hasn’t paid any fine

The company that received OSHA's biggest fine in years is still bidding on new ODOT bridge work.

Time to ban a slow-moving killer

The daughter of a union plumber wants to end the occupational disease that claimed her father.

Honored for safety by Oregon’s governor

IBEW safety expert Barry Moreland and union-signatory Snyder Roofing got some of the top honors at this year’s Oregon Governor’s Occupational Safety and Health Conference.

Merkley, Bonamici want to ban asbestos

The Centers for Disease Control reports that asbestos-related deaths are on the rise.

A flag to fly to support construction worker safety

A thin green line flag could be displayed to remember workers hurt on the job.

Training for a rescue at 50 feet

Theater and concert workers often spend time at great heights — hoisting gear at rock concerts or setting up and operating truss-mounted spotlights.  Their union is working to improve members’ readiness to quickly rescue a coworker in the event of an accident. 

Industrial Athlete campaign to launch at Intel jobsite

The campaign will focus on improving health in the construction industry, which is disproportionately affected by heart disease and stroke.

Longview dock worker killed when ship line snapped

One other worker was killed, and two injured.