Workers’ rights are human rights. They don’t come from laws — they come from being human. In the Workers Rights section, we report on the right to organize and bargain collectively, the right to a decent standard of living, and the right to be treated fairly and with dignity.
The 2019 raise will bring the minimum wage to $12.50 an hour within the Portland metropolitan area’s urban growth boundary, $11.00 an hour in the predominantly rural counties of eastern Oregon and the southern Oregon coast, and $11.25 an hour everywhere else.
Starting July 1, union reps can volunteer to help enforce prevailing wage and wage and hour laws on County construction projects.
The county could soon draft union reps to help with enforcement.
A “union-neutrality” ordinance could be one of several reforms aimed at improving Multnomah County social services. Currently, low pay and heavy caseloads at nonprofit contractors are producing high turnover and lower quality services.
Standing 25 feet tall, with scary red eyes and yellow fangs, Scabby the Rat is a union hero and an eye-catching sign of a labor dispute.
And in Seattle, Tacoma, and SeaTac, it’s even higher.
Scrooge of the Year goes to an individual or entity that was particularly hard-hearted to workers.
New Seasons Market has just announced it will raise starting pay to $15 an hour Feb. 1 at all its stores in Oregon, Washington, and California.
Despite a federal law requiring disclosure, union avoidance consultants can stage manage every detail of an anti-union campaign and still remain in the shadows.
Companies are increasingly insisting that workers and consumers waive their legal rights through arbitration clauses.