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USW members ratify new contract at Cascade Steel 2019-08-17 [nwLaborPress]

Burgerville Workers Union Launches Strike As Negotiations Break Down 2019-08-15 [libcom.org]

State workers object to PERS changes. Ask for review by Supreme Court 2019-08-13 [Astorian]

AFL-CIO files ballot initiative to reduce self-checkout at grocery stores 2019-08-10 [OR AFL-CIO]

Public Employee Union Members Sue Oregon Over Cuts to Their Retirement Benefits 2019-08-10 [Williamette Week]

Workers at Three Burgerville Locations on Strike Over Denied Wage Increases 2019-08-10 [Portland Mercury]

Oregon passes paid leave law covering minimum wage 2019-08-10 [Ashland Tidings]

Union loses a vote to organize 12 Ore. restaurants 2019-08-04 [Restaurant]

Following nine firings, Little Big Burger stays non-union 2019-08-04 [nwLaborPress]

A Fired Little Big Burger Employee Tries to Explain Why a Union Drive at the Chain Flopped 2019-08-04 [Williamette Week]

Agreement Allows Portland Ballpark Workers to Unionize 2019-07-31 [Ballpark Digest]

Homecare workers hold protest outside of DHS over late pay 2019-07-21 [Herald and News]

Oregon home care workers protest pay 2019-07-21 [Columbian]

Oregon ballot initiative would limit self-checkout 2019-07-19 [Bulletin]

Little Big Burger Union Alleges the Chain Fired a Portland Organizer as Workers Vote on Whether or not to Unionize 2019-07-16 [Willamette Week]

At an Autism Therapy Chain, Low-Wage Therapists Unionize 2019-07-12 [Labor Notes]

Portland-area grocery workers vote to strike 2019-07-05 [nwLaborPress]

Little Big Burger Workers Negotiate Mail-in Union Election at Every Oregon Store 2019-06-20 [Wilmette Week]

Democrats in Oregon Legislature face angry union members after tough vote to cut pensions 2019-06-11 [Malheur Enterprise]

Pro-Union Bill Passes Senate Despite Concerns Of Overreach 2019-06-10 [Corvallis Advocate]

Democrats vote to cut public employee pensions 2019-06-09 [Mail Tribune]

Little Big Burger chain turns tables on union 2019-06-08 [Nation's Restaurant News]

At an autism therapy chain store, low-wage therapists unionize 2019-06-07 [nwLaborPress]

Oregon Public Worker Protection Act passes Senate: Protects workers' rights to take part in unions 2019-06-07 [KTVZ]

Oregon State House passes measure intended to help curb rising pension costs in public sector 2019-06-02 [Lewiston Trib]

Reed’s Campus Safety Officers Struggle to Unionize, Protest Administration 2019-05-21 [Portland Mercury]

The Little Big Union joins the growing movement to transform fast food 2019-04-22 [Waging Nonviolence]

The Burgerville at the Center of Last Fall’s Button Ban Controversy Unionizes 2019-04-05 [Eater]

Another chain restaurant is unionized 2019-04-05 [Restaurant Business]

County’s new health headquarters is union-made 2019-04-03 [nwLaborPress]

Salem-Keizer teachers file labor complaint 2019-04-02 [KOIN6]

Union says mail carrier shortages are hampering delivery service 2019-03-30 [Press Herald]

Workers at Little Big Burger Form Union, Joining Portland Fast-Food Labor Drive 2019-03-17 [This Week]

Workers unionize at two more Burgerville stores 2019-03-14 [nwLaborPress]

A picket line of union dentists 2019-03-14 [nwLaborPress ]

At a titanium plant in Albany, managers squelch union drive 2019-03-14 [nwLaborPress]

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]

This month in labour history

1-08-1917 Frank H. Little, anti-war activist & IWW organiser is lynched in Butte, Montana. He was on IWW's Exec Board when he was killed. [more]

1-08-1942 American Federation of Musicians strikes against recording companies over royalty payments, most settling within a year. [more]

3-08-1821 Uriah Smith Stephens born. A tailor, he led 9 garment workers in founding the Knights of Labor in 1869. [more]

3-08-1981 The PATCO strike begins, effectively shutting down air travel in the US. 2 days later President Reagan fired 11,000 air traffic controllers and broke the union. [more]

4-08-1997 185,000 members of the Teamsters begin a successful 15-day strike at UPS. [more]

5-08-1981 President Reagan sacks 11000 federal air traffic controllers for striking and refusing his order to return to work. [more]

7-08-1894 Eugene Debs & three union leaders arrested following the Pullman strike. [more]

7-08-1919 Actors Equity becomes a recognised union after stagehands honour actors' picket lines. [more]

7-08-1890 Birth of Elizabeth Gurley Flynn, IWW organiser and founder of the ACLU. [more]

8-08-1881 United Brotherhood of Carpenters & Joiners of America forms & becomes one of the largest trade unions in the US. [more]

9-08-1890 Knights of Labor strike on the New York Central railroad; ends in defeat due to scab labour. [more]

10-08-1935 Transport workers in New York descend on a courthouse with money from their own pockets to bail out Mike Quill, their president, arrested after attending a picket line. [more]

11-08-1828 Workingmen’s Party, first US labour party, forms in Philadelphia. [more]

11-08-1894 Troops force 1200 jobless workers out of Washington, DC, including Jack London & Big Bill Haywood. [more]

17-08-1918 95 members of the IWW were jailed for resistance to the First World War. [more]

18-08-1927 Radio station WEVD - named for IWW labour leader Eugene V Debs – goes on the air in New York City. [more]

19-08-1909 IWW issues first edition of the “Little Red Song Book”. [more]

21-08-1831 Nat Turner's slave rebellion begins, Southampton County, Virginia, 56 slaves executed, 120 killed. [more]

23-08-1970 Led by César Chávez, the Salad Bowl strike, largest farm worker strike in US history, begins. [more]

25-08-1925 The Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters, led by A. Phillip Randolph, is founded. [more]

25-08-1950 President Truman ordered the federal government to seize control of the railroads in order to prevent a planned strike by 1.7m union members. [more]

26-08-1935 United Auto Workers union founded. [more]

28-08-1987 John Sayles's film “Matewan” about attempts to organise a union by coal miners is released. [more]

29-08-1921 West Virginia miners marching to free their imprisoned comrades face state forces and private detectives in the five-day "Battle of Blair Mountain." [more]

31-08-1939 Mexican-American women workers walkout at California Sanitary Canning Company, winning a union contract and wage increase. [more]

31-08-1933 Italian-American labour organizer Giovanni Pippan murdered during organizing campaign of bread wagon drivers in Chicago. [more]

31-08-1999 Detroit teachers start 9-day wildcat strike, winning "books, supplies, smaller class sizes" & 4% raise. [more]