Oregon janitorial company Cornerstone Janitorial Services has been banned from working on all future state public works contracts. It is only the second lifetime ban ever imposed by Oregon’s Bureau of Labor and Industries (BOLI). Accused of underpaying workers on publicly funded projects, the company agreed to pay $144,000 in damages...
Oregon’s Measure 98 Primed to Pump Hundreds of Millions Into Skilled Trades Training for Young People
This November, Oregon will be voting on whether or not to approve a ballot measure that would put career and technical education (CTE) in all high schools. The goal of the measure is to engage potentially underachieving students and demonstrate the range of career options available to them after high school. Oregon has one [&hellip...
Prior to the death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia and the subsequent pro-worker ruling in Friedrichs v. CTA, it was fairly easy to overlook the “Right-to-Work” ballot initiative heading for Oregon in November. A SCOTUS ruling against CTA in Friedrichs would have created a de facto “Right-to-Work” law on the national level...
In Oregon, outreach efforts to ensure women have apprenticeship opportunities were rewarded at a ceremony earlier this month, during which elected officials and union leaders touted the state’s leadership and celebrated the receipt of a $3 million federal grant to develop such programs. According to the numbers, Oregon has more than...
In Portland, Oregon, an age-restricted housing complex for lower income individuals will be modernized thanks to an investment from the AFL-CIO’s Housing Investment Trust (HIT). HIT announced $25.9 million of union and public pension funds would be going into the rehabilitation of the Westmoreland Union Manor so that all of it’s...
A Project Labor Agreement (PLA) signed between Kiewit, Black & Veatch, and the Oregon Building and Construction Trades Council (OBCTC) for work on the Jordan Cove Liquid Natual Gas (LNG) venture will result in local unions being well represented on the jobsite. And while local hiring mandates are central to many PLAs, the sheer...
A truly in-depth look at how wage theft affects workers in the state of Oregon was recently published in the Eugene Weekly. It details how employers use fear to enforce unscrupulous and often deviant business practices. Between July of 2012 and June of 2013 Oregon workers filed claims of more than $3 million with [&hellip...
Computer giant Intel’s partnership with the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) has been instrumental in the success of their expanded semiconductor fabrication plant which will bring close to 8,000 new jobs to Oregon. The second phase of the $3 billion...
Triple Jeopardy: Oregon Misclassification Study Highlights Three-Headed Threat of “Independent Contractor” Status
A new report from the Oregon Center for Public Policy, “Employee Misclassification Harms All Oregonians,” examines the frequency and impact of workers being incorrectly labeled “independent contractors.” The findings are not surprising, in keeping with the triple jeopardy scenario we’ve highlighted here many a time....
As a strategy session was being held at Clark College in Vancouver, Washington on how to pass “Right-to-Work” in Oregon and Washington via ballot initiative, protesters from local trades unions met attendees at the door in a preview of what is to come in the Pacific Northwest if the anti-worker legislation is put in [&hellip...