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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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Fast Food Workers Forcing Fight Over Fair Wages

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October 17, 2013
Fast Food Workers Forcing Fight Over Fair Wages

Story and photo by Pete Shaw “If food is essential for survival, then why are the people who bring it to us paid so little?” That question was recently asked at a forum regarding the many fast food worker strikes across the country over the past year. Those workers, many of whom make the...
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Protesters Occupy Postal Management Offices; Demand End To Privatization

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September 19, 2013
Protesters Occupy Postal Management Offices; Demand End To Privatization

By Jamie Partridge Eleven protesters invaded the office space of Portland’s senior US Postal Service management on September 18.  Slipping past security barriers on the third floor of the Main Post Office, the group occupied the hallway outside the offices of Brenda Jackson, transportation manager for the Portland district.  Demanding a meeting with Jackson,...
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City Workers Fight Privatization; Demand Fair Contract

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August 16, 2013
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Story and photos by Pete Shaw Over 300 people converged in downtown Portland on August 14 to to demand that city managers negotiate in good faith with the District Council of Trade Unions (DCTU), the 7-union coalition that operates jointly in bargaining with the city. DCTU members–who hail from AFSCME Local 189, Laborers Local...
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Postal Activists Blockade Private FIrm USPS Sliding Out of Public Hands

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July 18, 2013
Postal Activists Blockade Private FIrm USPS Sliding Out of Public Hands

Story by Jamie Partridge Ten protesters blocked a private mail truck leaving the Mt. Hood Distribution Center (US Postal Service) today, demanding that postal management stop subcontracting the trucking of “the people’s mail.”  Claiming concerns about safety, cost and corruption, the blockaders left after police ordered them to disperse.  No arrests were made. ”Postal truckers are...
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