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Torturous Path of the Trans Pacific Partnership: Legislation Creeping Toward Passage

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June 24, 2015
Torturous Path of the Trans Pacific Partnership: Legislation Creeping Toward Passage

Story and photos by Pete Shaw The good news is that Senator Ron Wyden keeps backtracking on his support for Fast Track legislation that would let the Congress abdicate its constitutionally mandated authority over trade and give that power to President Obama. The bad news is that he is backtracking further toward the multinational...
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15 Now Rally Riding Momentum of Worker Pressure to Raise Wages

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June 22, 2015
15 Now Rally Riding Momentum of Worker Pressure to Raise Wages

Story and photos by Pete Shaw Building janitors, City workers, and supporters held two coordinated rallies in downtown Portland on June 17 demanding a raise in the minimum wage to $15 an hour and greater respect for workers’ rights to unionize. The rallies marked the most recent of many local actions and were also...
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Workers Expose Cruel Underbelly of Portland’s “Friendliest” Store

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April 24, 2015
Workers Expose Cruel Underbelly of Portland’s “Friendliest” Store

Story by Pete Shaw The friendliest store in town is not so friendly after all. At least not to its workers. That was the message sent by a over a crowd of 30 people outside the New Seasons on SE Hawthorne on April 21. Coming together on April 21 in support of raising Oregon’s...
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15 Now Rallies Workers for National Day of Action, Awareness

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April 20, 2015
15 Now Rallies Workers for National Day of Action, Awareness

Story and photos by Pete Shaw Over 300 Portland workers rallied on April 15  in solidarity with workers from 230 cities who took to the streets in a day of awareness, action, and strikes in support of increasing the minimum wage to $15 and fighting for the right to form a union. The event...
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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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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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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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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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Jobs and Freedom Remain Powerful Touchstones 50 Years after Historic March

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August 28, 2013
Jobs and Freedom Remain Powerful Touchstones 50 Years after Historic March

Story by Pete Shaw When Barack Obama took the podium at the 2004 Democratic National Convention, the then Senate candidate from Illinois told the nation, “There’s not a Black America and White America and Latino America and Asian America. There’s the United States of America.” It was an affirmation of the myth of inclusion,...
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