Large-scale bargaining over a new set of union contracts has been under way since June 19 between United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Local 555 and the big grocery employers, Fred Meyer and Safeway/Albertsons.
Unions represent just 6.5 percent of private sector workers today, the smallest share since the 1920s. Strikes last year were at their second lowest level since the government started tracking them in 1947.
A group of 20 drivers and mechanics at the Sunset Empire Transit District in Astoria and Warrenton Oregon have unionized. The workers drive and maintain buses that connect Astoria to Cannon Beach and parts in between.