Celebrating across the Generations


THE NEXT GENERATION: Cement Masons Local 555 celebrated the graduation of 21 new journeymen, and 12 turned out to receive the honors. The graduation took place Dec. 10 at the Monarch Hotel in Clackamas. Back row from left to right are Leo Uribe, Justin Haberlock, Instructor Noah Jones, Lazaro Guzman, Bryan Floro, Eddie Cisneros, Alejandro Echavarria, Tyler Casey, and Training Coordinator Jeremy Kendall. Front row Left to right are Nick Kilmer, Hunter Waldrum, Ryan Russo, and Hunter Kerle. | PHOTOS BY DON McINTOSH

Over 210 members, family, and guests came out to the Monarch Hotel in Clackamas Dec. 10 for a holiday party to celebrate newly graduated apprentices and longtime members. The event was organized by Cement Masons Local 555 and Plasterers Local 82, both sister locals within the Operative Plasterers and Cement Masons International Association (OPCMIA).

Local 555 was the more numerous of the two, and celebrated one of its training center’s largest ever graduating classes. It takes persistence to become a journeyman cement mason: 6,000 hours of on-the-job training plus 600 classroom hours. Apprentices learn how to expertly set up, pour, and finish curbs, sidewalks, and slab on metal decks, as well as surveying and patching. 

But it pays off. Journeyman cement masons in Local 555 make $41.97 an hour plus $19.17 an hour in fringe benefits. The local’s jurisdiction is Oregon, Clark and Skamania counties in Washington, and southern Idaho.

FIFTY YEARS: Cement Masons Local 555 business manager Geoff Kossak (left) and apprenticeship coordinator Jeremy Kendall presented Dwight Wiley a sculpture of an eagle and a flag in honor of his 50 years of membership in the union.


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