ILWU Local 5

Representing workers' rights since 1999

To build and maintain a strong union organization and provide for the defense of our common interests; to promote the general welfare of our members, their families and other wage earners in the community; to organize and uphold the rights and dignity of labor everywhere.

Who We Represent

Powell's Books - Portland, OR - 1999

 

We represent over 400 booksellers, inventory specialists, cashiers, used and new book buyers, truckers, and warehouse workers across all Powell's locations in the Portland Metro area. Powell's workers founded ILWU Local 5 in 1999, beginning a decades-long campaign for workers' rights!

Oregon Historical Society - Portland, OR - 2017

 

The Oregon Historical Society Employee Association affiliated first with Local 5 in 2017 and then dissolved their organization and became full members of Local 5 in 2018. We represent about 50 curators, researchers, archivists, librarians, and other museum specialists at OHS.

Aramark, Evergreen State College - Olympia, WA - 2002

 

The Aramark Food Service Workers at the Evergreen State College first unionized with Local 5 in 2002. We represent just under 50 cooks, bakers, cashiers, and more at the Evergreen State College.

Worker Relief Funds 

Northwest Veterinary Specialists - Clackamas, OR - 2018

 

One of the first veterinary hospitals that voted to unionize on the west coast! We represent about 100 veterinary workers at the VCA Northwest Veterinary Specialists, including receptionists, kennel caretakers, and certified technicians.

Columbia River Veterinary Specialists - Vancouver, WA - 2018

 

Also among the first veterinary hospitals that voted to unionize on the west coast! We represent about 100 veterinary workers at Columbia River Veterinary Specialists owned by PetVet, including receptionists, kennel caretakers, and certified technicians.

Growing Seeds Learning Community - Portland, OR - 2020

 

A Portland-owned and Portland original private learning center for small children. Growing Seeds workers voted to unionize in March 2020 and won their election! We represent just under 100 teachers, teachers assistants, and cooks at all three Growing Seeds locations.

Our Mission