Will PDX Workers Start the Port’s Next Big Labor War?

By Shelby Sebens, GoLocalPDX

Workers at Portland International Airport, frustrated by low wages, are looking to form a union. The move threatens to open a second front in the Port of Portland’s years-long war with organized labor that occasionally has erupted into confrontations and threatened to destabilize the region’s economy.

Feds should leave Oregon blueberry farmers alone

By Jared Meyer, Statesman Journal

The U.S. Department of Labor has been extorting admissions of employment law violations from American blueberry farmers. Two judges have found that the department’s use of “hot goods” orders for perishable goods to be coercive.

Eight Out of Ten Oregonians Agree: Let employees choose whether or not to join a union or pay union dues

By Steve Buckstein, Oregon Catalyst

Because of a deal struck by Governor John Kitzhaber, Oregonians won’t have the opportunity to end forced union dues in the public sector this year. However, a just-released public opinion poll makes it clear that if the Public Employee Choice Act had been on this November’s ballot, most voters likely would have supported it.

Oregonians support choice on forced union dues

By Steve Buckstein, The Oregonian

Because of a deal struck by Gov. John Kitzhaber, Oregonians won’t have the opportunity to end forced union dues in the public sector this year. However, a just-released public opinion poll makes it clear that if the Public Employee Choice Act had been on this November’s ballot most voters would have likely supported it.

Labor’s Blueberry Police

The Wall Street Journal

When conservatives argue that an overbearing regulatory state suppresses hiring and investment, doubtful liberals often say: Show us an example. Please meet the growers in Marion County, Oregon.