MONDAY, SEPT. 4: Support the Workers at Powell’s Books – No Labor Day Strike

On Monday, September 4, workers at Powell’s Books — represented by ILWU Local 5 since 2000 — will be going on a one-day Unfair Labor Practice Strike. This will be the first strike for Powell’s workers in 20 years! Come join the picket line starting at 9:30am – and remind your friends not to shop at Powell’s on this day. Rally at the downtown Powell’s at 1:00pm! 

Sign the petition to support the workers here. Donate to the strike fund here.

ILWU Local 5 is currently negotiating for its 8th contract with Powell’s and now asks for your solidarity to push Powell’s to bargain fairly with the workers who have made its longevity and success possible!

Powell’s City of Books, 1005 W Burnside St, Rally at 1:00pm
Powell’s Books on Hawthorne, 3723 SE Hawthorne Blvd
Powell’s Books at Cedar Hills Crossing, 3415 SW Cedar Hills Blvd, Beaverton

Support Portland Teachers & Parents Bargaining for Safe, Sustainable & Equitable Schools!

The pandemic turned our lives—and our schools—upside down. Our students, and our communities, are grappling with more urgent, unmet needs than ever before.

As classroom educators, we see these problems every day. And the past three years have made it abundantly clear that if we want safe, stable, and equitable communities, public schools are the linchpin. But we can’t simply go back to the way schools were before COVID. Our students need—and deserve—so much more.

Over the past few months, thousands of teachers, parents, and Portland residents have shared their vision for great public schools with our union. Together with our community partners, we will be fighting for this vision in our upcoming contract negotiations.

Click here to learn more and sign your name in support of Portland teachers and students.

Governor Kotek Signs Bill Establishing Universal Health Plan Governance Board

The board is tasked with creating a Universal Health Plan for Oregon with the core value that “Health care, as a fundamental element of a just society, must be secured for all individuals on an equitable basis by public means, similar to public education, public safety and public infrastructure.” The board will present their plan by September 2026. You can read the rest of SB1089 here.