Union pension funds create union jobs in Portland

Ceremonial groundbreaking on $43.2 million Lloyd District Commons
HANDSHAKES TO HARDHATS: Pitching in at a ceremonial groundbreaking on $43.2 million Lloyd District Commons are, from left: Columbia Pacific Building Trades Council executive secretary Willy Myers; Northwest Oregon Labor Council (NOLC) executive secretary-treasurer Bob Tackett; Oregon Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian; Oregon AFL-CIO president Tom Chamberlain; former Multnomah County Commissioner Deborah Kafoury; PNC Realty Investors president Kevin McCarthy; Legacy Partners Residential senior managing director Kerry Nicholson; AFL-CIO Investment Trust Corporation president Mike Stotz; Oregon AFL-CIO secretary-treasurer Barbara Byrd; Oregon State Building Trades Council executive secretary John Mohlis; Portland City Council member Steve Novick; NOLC executive board member Everice Moro; Metro President Tom Hughes; and Portland Mayor Charlie Hales.

Dozens of workers, elected officials, and community leaders gathered in Portland April 28 for a ceremonial groundbreaking on the $43.2 million mixed-use residential development project called Lloyd District Commons.

Located adjacent to the Oregon Convention Center in Northeast Portland, construction is a project of the AFL-CIO Building Investment Trust (BIT) using union pension funds and 100  percent union labor.

April 28 is Workers Memorial Day, so in addition to the groundbreaking, attendees paid tribute to workers who have been injured or died on the job.

2 Comments on Union pension funds create union jobs in Portland

  1. What is this crap?! Why aren’t the women in the picture named? And, given that the largest AFL-CIO affiliates in Oregon have female majorities in membership, why are there only three women (anonymous as they seem to be) in this picture?

    • Hi Tom. Thanks for your comment. I asked, and our editor said it wasn’t intentional that the women participants were left nameless. This item, like most, is adapted from our print edition, which faces space restrictions. In the interest of space, he didn’t name all 14 individuals in the photo, just the elected officials and those who spoke at the event. That left out Northwest Oregon Labor Council president Bob Tackett and NOLC board member Everest Moro, Oregon AFL-CIO secretary-treasurer Barbara Byrd, Legacy Partners Residential senior managing director Kerry Nicholson; and former Multnomah County Commissioner Deborah Kafoury. Since our web edition doesn’t face any space limitations, I’ve added them above to make it a proper caption. Again thanks for bringing this up.

      As far as your second point, why are there only three women in the picture, that’s a bigger question. We think it would be great if more women ran for elected office, and we applaud groups like Oregon Tradeswomen Inc. that work to recruit more women to high-paid (and highly satisfying) careers in the building trades.

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