Strike Out

Friction between labor and management could have long-term consequences for Portland.


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Two of Portland’s biggest organized labor groups spent the last week girding for the latest skirmishes in a larger campaign. “I would never compare myself to a brave American soldier fighting    More
 
Wednesday, February 19, 2014 AARON MESH

Hughes: Convention Center Hotel Opponents Waging "Class Warfare"

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Metro President Tom Hughes told organized labor members Monday that opponents of his Oregon Convention Center headquarters hotel proposal are engaged in "class warfare" to "keep families from putting food on their table."He made the remarks at the annual Labor Day picnic at Oaks Amusement Park sponsored by the Northwest Oregon Labor Council.Hughes was elected Metro president in 2010 with the financial ...   More
 
Tuesday, September 3, 2013 AARON MESH

KBOO Coup

Power struggles at Portland’s community radio station overshadow its troubles.


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On any given morning, those who still tune in to KBOO 90.7 FM might hear stories from the perspectives of prison inmates, homeless people and bicycle advocates. But one of the topics the commu   More
 
Wednesday, July 10, 2013 SARA SNEATH

Another Union Backs Smith, Citing his "Progressive" Views

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Rep. Jefferson Smith landed another union endorsement in his race for mayor—the Oregon and Southern Idaho District Council of Laborers, which represents many city workers. So far, Smith and his opponent, former city commissioner Charlie Hales, have split union endorsements. Smith is backed by the Portland Association of Teachers and the city’s firefighters and police union. Hales has won the support ...   More
 
Monday, July 30, 2012 WW Editorial Staff

Reelin’ In The Years

The state’s biggest teachers union believes in seniority— just not for its own employees.


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Becky Corkill got laid off May 15.  Corkill, 53, works for the Oregon Education Association, the state’s biggest teachers union. She drove from her Klamath Falls home to the OEA’s Portl   More
 
Wednesday, May 23, 2012 NIGEL JAQUISS

Fritz’s Labor Pains

City Commissioner Amanda Fritz says she is the champion of labor unions. So why have they abandoned her?


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A union strike, City Commissioner Amanda Fritz says, defined her commitment to public service long before she ran for office. She recalls...   More
 
Wednesday, February 15, 2012 HEIDI GROOVER

Manual Dexterity

When Eileen Brady helped run New Seasons, the company equated unions with extremists.


Elections
Eileen Brady’s association with New Seasons Market has been the central narrative of her campaign for Portland mayor. It makes sense that she wants to identify herself with the grocery that call   More
 
Wednesday, February 1, 2012 NIGEL JAQUISS

Dreadlocks vs. Hardhats

Unions say no to Occupy Portland’s call for a waterfront strike.


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On Monday, Dec. 12, Occupy Portland plans to bus hundreds of protesters to the Port of Portland's marine terminals as part of a coordinated effort by at least nine other local branches of th   More
 
Wednesday, December 7, 2011 COREY PEIN

Oregon Unions Put Their Fists in the Air

Oregon unions protest budget cuts

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Raising their fists and chanting, “Good jobs for all, ” about 2,500 Oregon union members and their supporters packed Portland’s Pioneer Courthouse Square today to protest stagnant job growth and government budget cuts. Organized by Portland Jobs with Justice, the “Jobs, Not Cuts” rally is part of a larger campaign by local and national unions demanding wealthier Americans start paying their ...   More
 
Saturday, April 16, 2011 NATHAN GILLES

Unions Protest the Economy and Budget Cuts

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Ticked off about the economy and budget cuts? Join the crowd. At noon this Saturday, April 16, private and public sector unions angry with high unemployment and government budget cuts will meet in Portland’s Pioneer Courthouse Square for a “Jobs, Not Cuts” rally. Organized by Portland Jobs with Justice, the rally has more than 60 cosponsors from unions to community and environmental groups. ...   More
 
Wednesday, April 13, 2011 NATHAN GILLES

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