Oakland: Unions spend freely in council races

By Matthew Artz, Contra Costa Times

Campaign finance reports filed this past week show that the Alameda County Central Labor Council and SEIU Local 1021 have teamed up to spend more than $35,000 apiece on behalf of Annie Campbell Washington in District 4 and Abel Guillen in District 2.

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.