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What’s at stake for working people in the 2019 Oregon Legislature 2019-01-31 [nwLaborPress]

These Burgerville employees organized the first official fast-food labor union in the country 2019-01-29 [Think Progress]

Alt-Right Patriot Prayer Rallies Outside IWW Headquarters, Spouts Hate Speech 2019-01-21 [Portland Mercury]

After long battle, 20,000 SEIU home care workers make at least $14.65 an hour, with health, vision and dental coverage, workers’ comp, safety protections, training, and other benefits 2019-01-03 [nwLaborPress]

Nurses accuse Bend hospital of unfair labor practices 2018-12-19 [News Tribune]

Portland's Hawthorne Blvd. Burgerville becomes the 3rd to form a union 2018-12-15 [Willamette Week]

Portland’s Hawthorne Boulevard Burgerville Becomes the Third to Form a Union: A call from BVWU to boycott the restaurant remains in place 2018-12-14 [Williamette Week]

DOL: Courier service will pay $3.2 million for failing to pay minimum wage and overtime to drivers misclassified as independent contractors 2018-11-30 [SIA]

A Third Burgerville is Filing for Union Recognition 2018-11-15 [Eater]

Union nemesis retires at TriMet 2018-11-01 [nwLaborPress]

Portland Burgerville Workers Go on Strike Over Company Ban on Political Buttons: “This isn't just about buttons” 2018-09-19 [Williamette Week]

The new face of Oregon’s building trades 2018-09-19 [nwLaborPress]

Burgerville Workers Union Has Reportedly Filed Charges Against Burgerville 2018-09-14 [Eater]

Burgerville revises button policy after employees wear Abolish-ICE and No-one-is-illegal pins at work 2018-09-11 [FOX]

Portland Burgerville Workers Union Threatens Legal Action After Companywide Ban on Wearing Political Buttons 2018-09-08 [WWeek]

Bargaining under way for 18,000 Oregon grocery workers 2018-08-24 [nwLaborPress]

Union workers at Special Metals told to leave facility prior to contract expiring 2018-08-11 [Herald-Dispatch]

US Supreme Court ruling in union dues impacts case in Oregon 2018-08-01 [TDN]

NECA/IBEW Local 48’s training center shows increase of women and minority students looking for new job opportunities in electrical field 2018-08-01 [Biz Journal]

Labor group to refund worker's union dues, a first since Supreme Court ruling 2018-07-31 [The Times]

City workers in Salem, Oregon negotiate first post-Janus contract 2018-07-21 [People's World]

Public employee unions drop corporate tax initiative to focus on defensive ballot fights 2018-07-13 [nwLaborPress]

Kaiser Permanente may be near a deal with breakaway union group 2018-07-06 [NWLaborPress]

Oregon workers get minimum wage hike, pay new transit tax 2018-07-02 [Leger-Examiner]

Union foes could force election at Oregon State Univ 2018-06-14 [Gazette Times]

Despite legal threat, union memberships rise 2018-06-01 [Portland Tribune]

Outside In workers to vote on unionization 2018-05-17 [Street Roots]

Burgerville Workers Union notches 2nd victory with Gladstone vote 2018-05-15 [Oregonian]

A Second Portland Burgerville Store Has Unionized 2018-05-14 [Blogtown]

Burgerville fight revives the Wobblies, a radical union from Oregon's industrial past 2018-05-12 [Live]

Portland Uber and Lyft Drivers Plan Rally At Portland City Hall To Demand Better Working Conditions 2018-04-30 [Williamette Week]

Workers claim Bain firings tied to age, medical conditions 2018-04-30 [NYPost]

Burgerville sets union vote at Gladstone store 2018-04-29 [Columbian]

Union organizer will discuss the gig economy at campus events 2018-04-27 [Around the O]

Portland restaurant workers vote to become first fast food union in the country 2018-04-25 [The Hill]

Burgerville Workers Vote To Become US' First Fast Food Union 2018-04-25 [teleSUR]

Gladstone Burgerville Joins Southeast Portland Store in Filing For Election to Unionize 2018-04-19 [Williamette Week]

Workers of 2nd Portland-area Burgerville looking to unionize 2018-04-19 [Oregonian]

After Over a Year of Campaigning, Burgerville Agrees to Allow Employees to Vote to Unionize 2018-04-05 [Williamette Week]

Burgerville’s Union Will No Longer Be Ignored by Management 2018-04-04 [Portland Mercury]

The Burgerville Workers Union Is Poised to Be the First Officially Recognized Fast Food Union 2018-03-29 [Eater]

Burgerville Workers Union expects to call for a union election 2018-03-28 [nwLaborPress]

Burgerville Workers Give Company 48 Hours To Recognize Union 2018-03-28 [OPB]

Portland Burgerville could become first federally recognized fast-food union shop in US 2018-03-28 [Oregonian]

At Reed College, students are unionizing 2018-03-26 [nwLaborPress]

New top leader at SEIU Local 503 2018-03-24 [nwLaborPress]

New leadership at New Seasons — CEO is out, and so are union-busters, for now 2018-03-16 [nwLaborPress]

Reed College Housing Advisers to Hold Union Election 2018-03-05 [Inside Higher Ed]

Burgerville Workers Union Calls For Boycott of All Stores 2018-02-16 [Bridge]

Burgerville Workers on Strike For Higher Wages and Better Treatment 2018-02-03 [Eater]

This month in labour history

1-02-1864 The Collar Laundry Union was formed in New York, the first women's union in US history, led by Kate Mullany. Over the next few years the women increase their wages from $2 to $14 a week. [more]

4-02-1924 IWW members took on the Ku Klux Klan, patrolling the streets of Greenville, Maine, after the KKK tried to threaten IWW union organisers: “We are going to stick, and if the Klan wants to start something, the IWW are going to finish it” [more]

4-02-1869 IWW and SPUSA leader Big Bill Haywood is born in Salt Lake City, Utah. [more]

4-02-1919 The General Strike Committee meets in Seattle, and makes preparations for an all-out labour stoppage [more]

5-02-1913 17-year-old Ida Braiman is shot dead by a contractor during the garment workers' strike in Rochester, NY. [more]

6-02-1919 A total of 60,000 of Seattle's population of 315,000 join the general strike on its first day [more]

8-02-1919 Workers in Butte, Montana responded to a dollar per day wage cut by launching a general strike. To prevent disunity, workers formed a Workers and Soldiers Council to conduct the strike. [more]

11-02-1937 The 6 week-long sit-down strike at General Motors in Flint Michigan ends as GM agrees to recognize the UAW. [more]

12-02-1968 Sanitation workers in Memphis begin a strike for recognition. During this strike Martin Luther King Jr is murdered [more]

12-02-1968 The Memphis sanitation strike by African-American workers began in protest against mistreatment, discrimination, dangerous working conditions, and the recent deaths of two workers. They held out until April and won. [more]

13-02-1913 82-year-old labour activist Mother Jones was arrested in West Virginia for supporting a coal miners strike. Convicted in a military court she was sentenced to 20 years in prison. Pardoned after serving 85 days. [more]

14-02-1818 Frederick Douglass is born into slavery in Maryland. He will go on to become a titanic figure in the struggle against slavery, and in favour of universal suffrage and women's rights. [more]

14-02-1936 Goodyear workers in Ohio strike. They defy union orders to leave the plant & resist 150 sheriff's deputies. Threatening a general strike if a vigilante army was used, they won after a month. [more]

15-02-1913 A strike of rubber workers in #Akron organised by @_IWW union grew to 3,500 strikers. Earlier that month 300 workers at Firestone walked out and were eventually joined by 20K others but police violence & repression forced them to end it. [more]

18-02-1935 Tens of thousands of New Yorkers were stranded by a wildcat strike of elevator operators in the city. [more]

19-02-1866 The first union in Mississippi was created by African-American washerwomen. [more]

19-02-1986 The Farm Labourers Organizing Committee wins recognition at Campbell's Soup farms after years of struggle [more]

20-02-1919 The Elaine massacre took place in Arkansas. After black farm workers tried to organise for better pay, hundreds of African-Americans were murdered and tortured by white racists and security forces [more]

23-02-1910 Workers at the soon to be infamous Triangle Shirtwaist factory decided to end their five month long strike. They had won higher wages and reduced hours but failed to get union recognition. [more]

24-02-1944 320 men, mostly African-Americans were killed in explosion at the Port Chicago naval base. 50 African-American servicemen who then protested against unsafe conditions were court-martialed and sentenced to 8-15 years hard labour. [more]

24-02-1939 US Supreme Court ruled sitdown strikes illegal. [more]

27-02-1881 African-American laundresses in Atlanta, Georgia, went on strike and were successful in raising wages and establishing a union. [more]

27-02-1939 Supreme Court rules that sit-down strikes violate property owners' rights and are therefore illegal. [more]