PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Several unions rallied in support of Portland city trade workers Tuesday afternoon as city workers prepare a vote authorizing a strike.
The rally began at 2 p.m. at the Stanton Yard located at 2835 North Kerby Avenue. About 70 people stretched out of over a block in front of the PBOT office and city shop, with picket signs urging a new contract.
The District Council of Trade Unions said it’s at an impasse with the city in bargaining for a new contract. A strike could affect public services like water treatment, street repair and building inspections.
Dozens of people also rallied in front of City Hall on January 8 in support of a strike.
Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler and City Commissioners issued a statement after that rally, saying in part, “Fair pay, safe working conditions, and the opportunity to fully participate and benefit from our economy, community, and our country: all working people deserve these basic things.”
If it does come to a strike, more than 1,100 city employees would be on the picket line.
City workers will wrap up voting on a strike Wednesday and expect the results to be announced on Thursday.