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.
SB 690, a bill introduced by Oregon State Senator Chris Gorsek, would restore the right to strike for public transit workers like bus drivers.
A new study finds that Oregon’s prevailing wage law raises the wages of workers on public construction projects, but not the project cost.
Legislative aides don’t have the right to unionize after all, says Oregon’s Attorney General in objections on behalf of the Legislature.
Oregon Labor Commissioner Val Hoyle is asking for an additional 25 full-time staff. The governor’s recommended budget proposes to add 11.
A lawsuit said Les Schwab routinely shorted workers on lunch breaks. Oregon law requires an uninterrupted meal break of at least 30 minutes.
The new policy would raise wages above $16.55 for 900 service workers in January 2022. SEIU Local 49 calls that too little too late.
Central City Concern is on the front line of the region’s homeless crisis. Workers held a protest to draw attention to three demands.
BOLI’s staff has shrunk by a third since 1995—even as Oregon added a million new residents and legislators gave it new laws to enforce.
Management wanted to continue one-to-one relationship with workers. But workers preferred a 112-to-1 relationship, and unionized with AFSCME.
Construction union reps say the district delays, redacts, and charges exorbitantly for public records they need for wage theft investigations.