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The hazard is not over

Local 555 has been hard at work every single day during this unprecedented time, working with governments, other locals and all of you to fight for all our members need and deserve. All these voices raised together in solidarity is a powerful and persuasive tool! So far, we have negotiated bonuses and hazard/hero pay, expanded leave and COVID-related medical programs, … Read more »

Let’s make this election count

No matter your political interest or leanings, elections are an opportunity to shape our nation’s approach to problem solving, as well as the outcomes that can impact millions. Few issues illustrate this point more clearly than the COVID-19 crisis. When comparing states like Oregon and Washington with others that lack strong worker protections, the importance of the ballot box becomes … Read more »

Salem Update: COVID-19 and Front Line Workers

At the end of the abortive 2020 Legislative Session, it seemed as if we might have been headed toward a Special Session so that the Legislature could tackle the business that had been left unfinished by the Republican walkout. Now, with the new priorities we’re facing as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, we are possibly looking at two or … Read more »

Solidarity during the pandemic

Many of you have shared how rewarding yet difficult working through the COVID-19 crisis is. Stories are pouring in — long exhausting hours, stressed customers, and risk of infection from working with the public. At the same time, an adequate and stable food supply and functioning healthcare system are key to avoiding social chaos. Essential personnel must be protected as … Read more »

Contracts: more than wages and benefits

In October, after 16+ months of hard work and unity, we ratified the strongest contract seen in decades. We said: Yes to historic wage increases Yes to expanding our healthcare And YES to improving working conditions for 18k+ members in ways big and small Now that we’re several months into enforcing this contract, a few members have taken the time … Read more »

Oregon and Washington Buck National Trend

President’s Corner, Dan Clay   Over the course of my career I’ve seen worker’s rights eroded by politicians (and appointed judges) bankrolled by Corporate America. The Supreme Court ruled it illegal for public sector union members to vote on how their unions were funded, striking a blow to public employees everywhere. The National Labor Relations Board has been overturning past … Read more »