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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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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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Protesters Target Postal Privatization, Demand Corporate Mail Theft End

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June 17, 2013
Protesters Target Postal Privatization, Demand Corporate Mail Theft End

Story by Jamie Partridge • Photos by Jerry Atkin Over forty demonstrators, ten of whom blocked the entrance to the Portland Air Cargo Center (US Postal Service), declared victory against “postal privatizers”  today.  According to postal service managers, several morning mail runs by subcontractor Dill Star trucking were disrupted by the protest. ”Postal truckers,...
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Opposition Grows Fierce to Austerity Cuts in Portland

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April 22, 2013
Opposition Grows Fierce to Austerity Cuts in Portland

By Mark Vorpahl On April 11 over 400 people packed the third public Portland Budget Hearing, which was organized by the City of Portland and which left many spilling out beyond the room where the hearing took place. More importantly, for the City Council there was an unexpected critical outpouring from the vast majority...
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GM Worker Willing to Die Seeking Labor Justice

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January 23, 2013
GM Worker Willing to Die Seeking Labor Justice

By Pete Shaw If Jorge Parra lives to see the Portland Auto Show being held from January 24th through the 27th, he will have passed his 65th day on a hunger strike in support of the Association of Injured Workers and Ex-Workers of General Motors-Colmotores (ASOTRECOL). Appearing at press conferences outside the North American...
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How Unions Could Do Much Better

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September 29, 2012
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By Ann Robertson and Bill Leumer The International Association of Machinists just succeeded in negotiating a humiliating defeat with Caterpillar after a 15-week strike. Workers lost considerable money by striking, and then lost even more with the new contract, accepting almost every concession the company demanded despite the fact that the company was sitting...
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