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Activists Continue to Press for Wyden Pass on Fast Track

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March 16, 2015
Activists Continue to Press for Wyden Pass on Fast Track

Story and photos by Pete Shaw Senator Ron Wyden’s choice as to who he represents–the people of Oregon or the multinational corporations that stand to make huge profits at the expense of working people–is being pushed to a head over the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) . On Monday March 9 a collection of 200...
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$15 Minimum Wage Resolution Benefits Some Government Workers

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March 2, 2015
$15 Minimum Wage Resolution Benefits Some Government Workers

Story and photos by Pete Shaw With a unanimous vote, the Portland City Council on February 18 approved a resolution updating the City’s Fair Wage Policy to a $15 per hour minimum. Its passage will affect over 100 janitors, security guards, parking attendants, concessions workers, and others who work for companies that contract with...
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Anti-TPP Pressure Bearing Down on Oregon Politicians

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February 26, 2015
Anti-TPP Pressure Bearing Down on Oregon Politicians

Story by Pete Shaw More than 50 activists visited the offices of Congressman Earl Blumenauer and Senator Ron Wyden to demand the men vote against giving President Obama the Fast Track Authority he likely needs to gain passage of the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP). A so-called free trade agreement (FTA) between 12 countries in...
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Movement to Raise Minimum Wage to $15 Keeps Growing; Activists Demand Change to State Law

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October 23, 2014
Movement to Raise Minimum Wage to $15 Keeps Growing; Activists Demand Change to State Law

Story by Pete Shaw “I’m here, and I’m tired, and I’m speaking out with all the strength that I have. We need 15 now.” Those words, spoken by Janice Niag, a First Student bus driver, demanding changes to the City’s Fair Wage Policy summed up the feeling at SEIU Local 49 Hall on October...
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The Fight for $15 Finally Comes to Portland

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March 27, 2014
The Fight for $15 Finally Comes to Portland

By Shamus Cooke Like the Occupy movement before it, the “fight for $15” came to Portland as a transplant. Portland activists watched events in Seattle with a skeptical eye, but Seattle’s “fantasy” of $15 was transformed into an emerging reality, now replete with the support of the Mayor and City Council who are working on a plan...
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Portland Trade Union Nixes City Proposal; Holding Out for Deal That Works

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February 14, 2014
Portland Trade Union Nixes City Proposal; Holding Out for Deal That Works

Story and photos by Pete Shaw The members of the unions making up Portland’s District Council of Trade Unions (DCTU) have soundly rejected the contract tentatively agreed to between the City of Portland and the DCTU bargaining team. In doing so, they have sent a message to both the City as well as the...
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Looming Worker Strikes Spell Need for Strengthening Solidarity Across Community

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January 30, 2014
Looming Worker Strikes Spell Need for Strengthening Solidarity Across Community

Story and photos by Pete Shaw When workers are fighting for their rights and dignity–and they are always fighting for those–the three most important words are solidarity, solidarity, and solidarity. With the possibility of at least three major strikes hitting Portland in the next few months, speakers at a recent Strikes on the Horizon...
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Hungry for Fair Pay, Fast Food Workers Push Back on Starvation Wage

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December 9, 2013
Hungry for Fair Pay, Fast Food Workers Push Back on Starvation Wage

Story and photo by Pete Shaw Demanding a pay hike for fast-food workers to $15 an hour, Portland activists rallied outside the McDonald’s on SW 6th and Main on December 5 as part of a national day of action. Portland was one of a hundred cities in the country that saw people demanding an...
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Government Workers Face Erasure by For-Profit Companies

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November 8, 2013
Government Workers Face Erasure by For-Profit Companies

Story by Pete Shaw Photos by Farrell Richartz The first item on the agenda as City Council went into session on Wednesday October 30th was a remembrance of Nohad Toulan, the founder of Portland State University’s School of Urban Studies and Planning, and his wife, who died on Monday. During the memorial, Councilman Nick...
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Protesters Drive Home Unfair General Motors Practices at Local Dealership

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November 5, 2013
Protesters Drive Home Unfair General Motors Practices at Local Dealership

Story and photo by Pete Shaw After two years of attempts to receive compensation for injured General Motors workers, protesters are bringing the fight to GM dealerships, the real points of profit for GM. On Saturday November 2, a group of 15 activists gathered at Wentworth Chevrolet on SE Grand Avenue as part of...
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