Strike By City Workers Averted with Tentative Contract Deal

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The City of Portland has reached a tentative contract deal with 1,600 city workers—again.The deal for a four-year contract comes three days before the workers—ranging from parking enforcement officers to the street-maintenance crews who plow the roads after snowstorms—were authorized to go on strike.The agreement (PDF here) between the city and the District Council of Trade Unions was reached ...   More
 
Friday, March 28, 2014 AARON MESH

City Workers Voting on Strike Today and Monday

UPDATE: Laborers Local 483 authorizes strike.

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UPDATE, 6:50 pm: Members of Laborers Local 483 have authorized a strike. Erica Askin, business manager for Local 483, tells WW that 95 percent of the 580 city workers in the union voted in favor of authorizing a strike. The vote comes after the City of Portland rejected the latest contract offer from the District Council of Trade Unions earlier today. The other union making up the majority ...   More
 
Friday, March 14, 2014 AARON MESH

1,600 City Employees Reject New Labor Contract

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Members of the District Council of Trade Unions last night rejected a new contract with the City of Portland—repudiating a bargain reached by city officials and their own leadership after a year of negotiations."I have not quite wrapped my head around what happened here," says Rob Wheaton, the DCTU's chief negotiator.The DCTU represents more than 1,600 city workers, ranging from janitorial employees ...   More
 
Tuesday, February 11, 2014 AARON MESH

Inmate Work Crews Won't Pick Up Hypodermic Needles Left Behind at Sidewalk Campsites

And a city union wants Portland to stop using prison labor.

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Mayor Charlie Hales keeps hitting roadblocks with the Multnomah County inmate crews clearing out homeless camps on the sidewalks. WW reported in this morning's Murmurs that the inmate work crews forced to clean up city sidewalks after Hales’ sweep of the homeless have balked at picking up hypodermic needles left behind by drug addicts. Documents obtained by WW through a public records request show ...   More
 
Wednesday, August 21, 2013 by Aaron Mesh

City Unions Rally in Downtown Portland


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Hundreds of unionized workers employeed by the city of Portland snaked through busy downtown sidewalks to an afternoon rally today outside City Hall. Chanting "What do we want? Contract. When do want it? Now," protesters-organized by the District Council of Trade Unions-began at Chapman Square on Southwest 4th and Main St at 4:30 pm. The DCTU, which represents about one-third of the city's employees, ...   More
 
Wednesday, September 29, 2010 Jacob Pierce

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