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

Portland Students Rally Against Wisconsin Union Bill


More than 100 people gathered in Pioneer Courthouse Square this afternoon to show solidarity with thousands of Wisconsin students who participated in a walk-out today to protest Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's "budget repair" bill.The bill, which the Republican governor signed into law today, limits collective bargaining rights for most unionized public employee workers in Wisconsin. In Portland, students ...   More
Friday, March 11, 2011 AILIN DARLING

Kitzhaber: Oregon is Not Wisconsin


Gov. John Kitzhaber brought a message of change to an enthusiastic standing-room-only crowd at Portland's City Club today. "Putting people back to work – as important at that is – will not, by itself, reduce our prison population or the escalating cost of health care; it will not ensure that all our children are ready to learn when the reach kindergarten; or increase the number of Oregonians ...   More
Friday, March 4, 2011 NIGEL JAQUISS

Marvin Ricks, the Last Great Portlander, Dies at 97

Marvin Ricks, the last survivor of the great West Coast Waterfront Strike and probably the only Portlander left who was worth a damn, died peacefully Wednesday surrounded by family. He was 97. Seventy-five years ago Ricks fought scab workers, defended picket lines and did time in jail for his role in the seminal 1934 strike. According to the International Longshore & Warehouse Union, AFL-CIO, ...   More
Friday, June 12, 2009 JAMES PITKIN

NW Oregon Labor Council Backs Single-Payer Health Plan

More bad news for U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden of Oregon's embattled health care plan: The largest central labor council in Oregon has endorsed House Resolution 676, the single-payer health care bill introduced by Michigan Congressman John Conyers. Here's the council's explanation of why single-payer is the best plan. For Wyden's views on a so-called public option and how it fits with his Healthy ...   More
Monday, July 13, 2009 JAMES PITKIN

Read the Memo: Portland's Human Resources Director Explains the Overtime Flap

City commissioners aired a disagreement on Wednesday that concerns contract negotiations with Portland's municipal labor unions, most of which saw their contracts expire this week. The disagreement centered on the 40-hour work week and how some City of Portland employees can actually earn overtime without working a full 40 hours. The debate Wednesday was nearly as complicated as the contract language ...   More
Friday, July 2, 2010 BETH SLOVIC

Portland Firefighters Accept Zero Cost-of-Living Increases

When Mayor Sam Adams unveiled the initial details of his 2010-11 budget proposal this winter, he said the City of Portland would ask its employees to make wage concessions in the form of zero cost-of-living increases. Now for the first time in recent history, several labor unions, including the one that represents the politically influential Portland firefighters, have agreed to that salary freeze ...   More
Tuesday, July 27, 2010 BETH SLOVIC

Updated: City of Portland Prepares for Possible Strike

City of Portland managers are preparing for the possibility of a strike this fall if talks with the District Council of Trade Unions continue to go badly. DCTU represents about one-third of the city's 6,000 employees, including utility workers, transportation maintenance workers, equipment operators, meter readers, engineers, and others. The two sides entered mediation yesterday. But if a settlement ...   More
Friday, September 24, 2010 BETH SLOVIC

City Unions Rally in Downtown Portland

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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