December 9, 2023

No on Camping Ordinance

No on Ashland ordinance related to prohibitive campingAshland is on the cusp of accepting a dangerous and unfair ordinance, one that does not take into account trauma-informed care. What is “voluntary” versus “involuntary” homelessness? The city seems to believe that homelessness is a choice and that some people choose to be unhoused. What they fail […]

It’s Time to Open Pioneer Hall — Now!

If you read my posts, you already know that I am fiercely protective of other people’s privacy. My unhoused friends live on the corner of exposure and invisibility, and everything they do is public. I bear witness to things that must have a wider audience, so I try to tell their stories in a way […]

Ashland drafts urban camping restrictions after opening homeless shelter

With the opening of a new homeless shelter in Ashland last week, city officials are now developing an urban camping ban. Ashland City Council members met Monday night to discuss a proposed ordinance to limit urban camping. It is being designed in accordance with new state laws about when and where people can be barred […]

From Detroit Three to healthcare, US labor unions flex muscle

Nov 17 (Reuters) – A tight U.S. labor market, the expiry of union contracts and high living costs have led to tough negotiations for pay hikes and benefits, triggering strikes and protests across industries. Nearly 444,900 workers have been involved in work stoppages and strikes through October this year, according to preliminary data from the […]

Who Won the Strikes? Who Lost? A Merciless Assessment

As the town flocked to picket lines during a historic 148-day writers strike and 118-day actors strike, moguls took a hit (looking at you, Bob Iger), stars made blunders (why, Drew Barrymore?) and others saw their stock rise (Lindsay Dougherty holds court next with the studios) . . . .

IATSE Members Launch Reform Caucus as Hollywood Strikes Wrap

After supporting screenwriters and actors through a months-long double strike, film and television crew workers are finally stepping into the spotlight themselves. Dissatisfied with their union’s leadership and direction, a group of members of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) is launching a reform caucus called CREW, or the Caucus of Rank-and-File Entertainment […]

Asante Rogue Regional nurses reach tentative agreement on labor contract

Nurses at Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center in Medford have reached a tentative agreement with the hospital on a new labor contract. It would include wage hikes and a limit on travel nurses. The Oregon Nurses Association represents the more than 900 nurses at Rogue Regional. The tentative agreement was approved at the end of […]