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Monday in Portland: Portlanders rally on May Day in support of Starbucks, Amazon workers' unions

Emily Scarvie

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By Emily Scarvie

(PORTLAND, Ore.) Hello Portlanders! It's Monday, May 2 - Here's your daily round up of all the news happening in the City of Roses.

1. Portlanders rally on May Day in support of Starbucks, Amazon workers' unions

On Sunday, a group marched and gathered at the U.S. Bancorp tower in downtown Portland for May Day, or International Workers’ Day. The demonstration included representation from local groups of Starbucks and Amazon employees working to unionize to improve employee rights and wages at the companies.

“We deserve better,” Nicole Horn, a worker for Amazon, told KGW. “The bosses will just keep getting richer and we’ll just keep getting poorer.”

The rally was hosted by the new Starbucks Workers United union in solidarity with Amazon workers. A speaker at the demonstration said Oregon’s first Starbucks union election would occur on May 17.

2. Portland's professional ultimate frisbee team makes debut over the weekend

Nearly 2,000 people flooded into Providence Park on Sunday for the first-ever game for the Portland Nitro in the American Ultimate Disc League against Seattle. The league was founded in 2012 and is now taking Portland for a spin.

“We have some of the best players in the world and in the country on our team and they just go out and play and they put up some highlights and it’s really, really cool to see,” Jake Johnson said. “Oregon is packed with talent so we are drawing from there.”

For those who are unfamiliar, the game is made up of four 12-minute quarters, on a field measuring roughly a football field in length and 53-and-third yards wide. Players pull it, catch it and try to get it in the end zone.

Sunday’s game between Portland and Seattle saw the Rose City’s first team prevailing, winning 29-24.

3. Portland sees wettest April on record in 2022

Portland saw its wettest April on record this year, with 5.73 inches of rain recorded at the Portland International Airport. The record-high precipitation last month follows a historically dry April for Portland last year. Not only did the city experience its driest April on record since 1941, it was the 5th warmest on record.

Average rainfall for the city in April is 2.89 inches. This year’s record was aided by a rare snowstorm earlier this month.

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