Jodi Guetzloe Parker elected to lead local building trades

Jodi Guetzloe Parker of Laborers Local 320 has been elected executive secretary treasurer of the Columbia Pacific Building and Construction Trades Council. She defeated Paul Riggs, a member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 48 in an election of affiliated delegates held Jan. 3.

She will be sworn into office Feb. 7.

Riggs has served in the post since Aug. 30, 2010, filling the unexpired term of John Mohlis, a member of Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers Local 1. Mohlis vacated the seat to become executive secretary of the Oregon State Building and Construction Trades Council, following the retirement of Bob Shiprack, a member of IBEW Local 48.

Guetzloe Parker, 51, is an 18-year member of Laborers Local 320, which represents workers in heavy and highway construction, at industrial plants, non-profit pre-school child care, and some public sector workers. Guetzloe Parker started in the trade as a flagger. She was hired to Local 320’s staff in 2005.

She is one of only a handful of women in the country leading a construction trades council.

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