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This Month in Labor History March 2019

What we now know as the United Food and Commercial Workers Local 555 represents an amalgam of associations, unions and locals who, for more than one hundred years, have organized and reorganized to build worker power in Oregon. Today, UFCW Local 555 is made up of over 25,000 workers in Oregon and SW Washington. In order to appreciate the strength … Read more »

PRESIDENT’S CORNER: The Janus decision throws down the gauntlet.

June 27th finally saw the long-awaited Supreme Court decision on Janus v. AFSCME. The decision was as expected: 5-4 in a blow against public sector unions. This decision essentially overturned the 1977 case (Abood v. Detroit Board of Education) which had been decided unanimously (9-0). Now, with the current court, the decision indicates that it is unconstitutional to allow public … Read more »

Guest Column: Stay Safe!

Given that we just completed the holiday season, I shouldn’t be surprised that we saw occasional workplace concerns that had to do with shoplifting. Our fellow members weren’t the ones doing the shoplifting: the customers were, and here’s the crazy thing. Our members are the ones getting in trouble. Well, it sounds crazy and backwards and mixed up. The thing … Read more »