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Weekly Update: The Cost of Living

The Cost of Living How much income do working people and their families need in Oregon to afford the basics? A lot more than what the current minimum wage provides, according to a new tool from the Economic Policy Institute. The Economic Policy Institute’s updated Basic Family Budget Calculator estimates the how much a family […]

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2015 Labor Day Picnics

Via Northwest Labor Press  Every year, labor organizations throughout Oregon and Southwest Washington hold Labor Day picnics. The largest gathering by far takes place at  in Southeast Portland. Sponsored by the Northwest Oregon Labor Council, the picnic attracts members from multiple unions who enjoy barbecue, music, games, carnival rides, raffle drawings, vendor booths, and time […]

Republican presidential candidates from left, Chris Christie, Marco Rubio, Ben Carson, Scott Walker, Donald Trump, Jeb Bush, Mike Huckabee, Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, and John Kasich take the stage for the first Republican presidential debate at the Quicken Loans Arena Thursday, Aug. 6, 2015, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

GOP debate — business as usual

By Oregon AFL-CIO President Tom Chamberlain via Northwest Labor Press  If you’ve got a political sweet tooth, the past several weeks have been a sugar overload. The Republican presidential debate was entertaining, but lacked specifics other than punches thrown by Donald Trump to all comers — including moderator Megyn Kelly.  The debate fell flat on […]

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Weekly Update: Locked Out!

Steelworkers Locked Out! Allegheny Technologies Inc. (ATI) has locked out 2,200 workers across six states, including 180 workers represented by United Steelworkers Local 7150 at the former Oremet Wah Chang titanium plant here in Oregon. “It’s outrageous that the company has chosen this destructive path, but it is clear that ATI intended to lock these […]

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Union-Made Labor Day

Meat & Buns & Bread & Beans Arnold Ball Park franks Earthgrains bread Entenmann’s Hebrew National franks Nature’s Harvest bread Oroweat bread and buns Oscar Meyer & Boar’s Head hot dogs Oroweat buns (hot dogs and burgers) Stroehmann bread and buns Sara Lee buns (hot dogs and burgers) Burnham and Morrill (baked beans) Cheese Alta […]

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Weekly Update: #FixOvertime

#FixOvertime Yesterday, the Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR,) in coordination with MomsRising, released a new report that reveals working women will be benefit hugely from the newly proposed overtime changes with 3.2 million women receiving salary increases. 36% of working women who were formerly exempt under the outdated overtime laws will now be eligible […]

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Union Made Back to School List

This list originally appeared on Union Plus  Paper Products: International Paper Co. Mead Lined Paper Roaring Spring Environotes Index cards OfficeMax and Office Depot Notebooks and Binders: Acco/Mead; Day-Timer Organizers Roaring Spring Pocket Folders Roaring Spring Composition Books Roaring Springs Wirebound Notebooks, including Environotes, Imagine, Genesis, Enviroshades, Emoticon, Lifenotes and Maxim Pens: Parker Pen Company […]

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