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Workers’ Rights and Power- The Essential Guide 2020-05-26 [Portland Jobs w/ Justice]

TriMet’s paratransit contractor laid off nearly 300 employees, then cut health care 2020-05-03 [Oregonian]

Farmworkers and Latinx/a/o Working Families Address COVID-19 2020-04-04 [PCUN]

Hospitality labor union projects up to 90% could lose jobs in coronavirus epidemic 2020-03-19 [MyCentralOregon]

Jackson County and workers hit labor impasse 2020-01-31 [Mail Tribune]

Harassment, injury claims spurred union at Portland bakery 2020-01-29 [Portland Tribune]

Providence Milwaukie Hospital workers protest 2020-01-25 [Portland Tribune]

Environmental justice group goes union … on the spot 2020-01-22 [nwLaborPress]

Oregon Democrats meet with public workers whose retirement contributions they voted to cut 2020-01-16 [nwLaborPress]

We need labor law reform 2020-01-16 [nwLaborPress]

Oregon AFL-CIO ramps up pressure on Rep. Kurt Schrader to get behind labor law reform 2020-01-16 [nwLaborPress]

Workers at Columbia Sportswear’s Portland Warehouse Launch Union Drive 2020-01-08 [Willamette Week]

Is Grand Central Baking getting ready to fire union supporters? 2020-01-03 [nwLaborPress]

Oregon labor federation gets new leader as unions tackle more political issues 2020-01-02 [Salem Repoter]

Bend contractor cited for exposing workers to serious injury, death from falls 2019-12-22 [Oregon.gov]

Unionized Oregon Public Broadcasting Workers Plan to Picket Over Wages Friday Morning 2019-12-07 [Williamette Week]

$93.6 Million Verdict Threatens to Bankrupt One of America’s Most Powerful Unions 2019-11-23 [NYTimes]

A student’s guide to UO’s campus labor unions 2019-11-07 [Daily Emerald]

Burgerville Workers Union Ends Strike After Management Agrees to Renegotiate Wages 2019-10-28 [Willamette Week]

Burgerville offers employees $1 hourly raise, union prepared to strike 2019-10-18 [OPB]

Portland Burgerville workers plan to strike amid union bargaining deadline 2019-10-18 [Oregonian]

Burgerville Offers Employees $1 Hourly Raise, Union Preparing To Strike 2019-10-17 [OPB]

Oregon labor unions vow retribution against some Democrats 2019-10-16 [East Oregonian]

Oregon Labor Unions Vow Retribution Against Some Democrats 2019-10-12 [Jefferson Pub Radio]

Local AFSCME filed an unfair labor practice complaint against the city of Eugene 2019-10-10 [Eugene Weekly]

Tentative agreement reached, strike called off at Oregon public universities 2019-09-29 [NBC]

Universities, union talk as strike deadline nears 2019-09-28 [Corvallis Gazette-Times]

Oregon’s public university workers vote to authorize strike 2019-09-20 [Oregonian]

UFCW cancels all Kroger contracts after aggressive action by Fred Meyer 2019-09-20 [nwLaborPress]

University workers to cast strike vote Monday 2019-09-15 [Herald&News]

Fred Meyer flash mob demands equal pay, goes viral 2019-09-15 [KOIN]

 VIDEO Women demand equal pay during protest at Northeast Portland Fred Meyer 2019-09-14 [KATU]

Springfield hospital strike called off after deal with union 2019-09-10 [Register-Guard]

Local union votes to authorize a strike for workers at grocery stores in Lane County 2019-09-10 [KMTR]

Fred Meyer Advertises for Scabs In Case of Strike 2019-09-10 [Portland Mercury]

Medical techs unionize at St. Charles Hospital in Bend 2019-09-10 [nwLaborPress]

Union-Backed Ballot Initiative Would Limit Grocery Stores to 2 Self-Checkout Machines 2019-09-07 [Reason]

Oregon Labor Union Wants Voters to Limit Grocers to Two Self-Checkout Stations Per Store 2019-09-06 [Willamette Week]

Equal pay advocates rally at Fred Meyer 2019-08-24 [NBC]

Is A Grocery Strike Possible? Workers Cast Final Votes 2019-08-24 [OPB]

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]

This month in labour history

1-05-1886 Between 300,000 to half a million workers went on strike and rallies were held throughout the United States, with the cry, "Eight-hour day with no cut in pay". [more]

2-05-1843 "Mill girls" – overwhelmingly female textile workers – walked out on strike in Massachusetts for better conditions. [more]

2-05-1968 4,000 workers in the Hamtramck auto plant in Detroit walked out against speed up. Several black strikers met in a bar opposite and founded the Dodge Revolutionary Union Movement to organise black workers. [more]

3-05-1895 Eugene V. Debs and 6 other union railroad leaders are sentenced to 6 months in prison for contempt of court during a hearing over a strike at the Pullman luxury car manufacturing plants. [more]

4-05-1886 A bomb is thrown during a demonstration against police violence in Haymarket Square, Chicago. The ensuing police riot and trials of anarchists, known as the Haymarket affair, eventually give birth to May Day as international workers' day. [more]

5-05-1886 Nine striking workers are shot dead by the National Guard at the Rolling Mills Steel Factory in Bay View, Milwaukee [more]

6-05-1935 The Works Progress Administration is established by executive order - it will provide work for millions of Americans. [more]

7-05-1912 New York City waiters and waitresses walked out on strike [more]

8-05-1926 A. Philip Randolph founds the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters. [more]

9-05-1913 The garment workers strike at Cohoes could become an international incident after it emerges that Italian migrant workers are being forced to break the strike. [more]

11-05-1894 Three thousands Pullman railroad workers in Chicago begin a wildcat strike. [more]

12-05-1902 John Mitchell of the UMWA cals for a national strike, beginning the Anthracite Coal Strike which will last five months. [more]

13-05-1980 Douglas Fraser of the UAW becomes the first union representative on the board a major US corporation after Chystler's stockholders vote him on. [more]

13-05-1893 Western Federation of Miners formed in Butte, Montana. [more]

15-05-1946 489 city workers in Rochester, NY were sacked for organising a union. They protested the next day, and sympathy strikes began, growing to a general strike, when bosses caved and reinstated the sacked workers. [more]

15-05-1935 Folk singer, labor organiser and IWW member Utah Phillips is born. [more]

16-05-1934 Minneapolis Teamsters went on strike, shutting down almost all commercial transport in the city. The dispute lasted over three months, ending with most of the workers’ demands being met in a landmark win. [more]

17-05-1946 The US govt seized the nation's railroads to stop a nationwide strike. Workers walked out anyway and only the President's threat to draft the strikers and call up the army to run the railroads forced them back to work. [more]

18-05-1928 "Big Bill" Haywood, former mineworker and founding member of the Industrial Workers of the World revolutionary union, dies in Moscow. [more]

19-05-1920 A gun battle between the people of Matewan and Baldwin Felts detectives leaves ten people dead. [more]

20-05-1926 The first federal legislation asserting workers' right to form unions takes effect today in the rail industry. [more]

21-05-1945 The US government took over the bituminous coal mines to try to break a six-week miners' strike. The miners held out, forcing the govt to grant workers' demands which had been unacceptable to the operators. [more]

22-05-1942 In Cleveland the Steelworkers Organizing Committee voted to become a union: the United Steelworkers of America [more]

23-05-1903 Some 100,000 textile workers, including more than 10,000 children, are on strike in the Philadelphia area protesting against 60-hour weeks including night hours imposed on children. [more]

24-05-1995 After 10 months on strike against 12-hour shifts and wage increases linked to productivity, 2300 workers from 5 Bridgestone-Firestone factories resign themselves to going back to work without a collective agreement. [more]

25-05-1946 President Truman comes within three minutes of drafting the nation's railroad workers into the army to suppress a proposed strike, but the union leaders and employers settle just before the presiden't ultimatum comes into effect. [more]

25-05-1805 A Philadelphia shoemakers' strike was broken when workers were arrested and accused of violating an English law proclaiming criminal any conspiracy to force a collective increase in wages. [more]

26-05-1937 UAW organisers are attacked and beaten by Ford security men in Dearborn, Michigan, in an incident which greatly increases support for the union. [more]

28-05-1946 Workers in Rochester, New York, stage a successful one day general strike for the right to form unions. [more]

29-05-1946 The Rochester general strike ended after just one day with victory for the workers. They won reinstatement for hundreds of city workers who had been sacked for forming a union, dropping of all charges, and recognition of the union. [more]

29-05-1941 Disney Studios animators in LA strike for union recognition. 16 were fired. [more]

29-05-1990 The Justice for Janitors strike of ISS cleaners in Los Angeles begins. [more]

30-05-1937 Ten workers are shot dead by Chicago police during a strike at the Republic Steel Mill. [more]

31-05-1921 The Sacco and Vanzetti trial begins in Dedham, Massachusetts. [more]