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.

Voters in four states ban union ‘card-check’

Dec 3, 2010

Voters in four Republican-dominated states passed measures Nov. 2 to ban the “card check” method of unionizing. But the measures may be struck down in the courts, because they encroach on rights protected by the National Labor Relations Act.

Fired pro-union teacher refuses two years salary to settle case

Nov 5, 2010

A French teacher terminated for supporting a union campaign at Portland French School turned down an offer of two years salary if she would drop her legal case and give up her right to return. In the trial that followed, a federal judge heard evidence about the termination and other labor law violations. On Oct. 26, a federal district court judge ordered the school to cease and desist further lawbreaking.

Fired BrucePac workers reinstated

Sep 20, 2010

BrucePac, a Willamette Valley cooked meat processor, has offered reinstatement and back pay to three of the 17 union supporters it fired in June 2009.

Portland French School broke law to fight union

Sep 17, 2010

The National Labor Relations Board says Portland French School committed multiple violations of U.S. labor law in its fight against a unionizing campaign. Earlier this year, teachers and other employees at the private French language school announced their intention to join American Federation of Teachers.

Oregon’s Worker Freedom Act survives court challenge

May 21, 2010

Oregon’s Worker Freedom Act has survived its first court challenge. In a May 6 ruling, U.S. District Court Judge Michael Mosman dismissed a lawsuit by two business groups that wanted the union-authored state law struck

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