Columbia Pacific Building Trades Council

Bringing veterans to the trades

Columbia Pacific Building Trades Council made a sizable contribution to Helmets to Hardhats, which connects veterans to the union trades.

Kevin Lux of IBEW Local 48 succeeds Willy Myers at building trades council

Delegates to the Columbia-Pacific Building and Construction Trades Council elected Kevin Lux as executive secretary-treasurer Jan. 2.

‘Organize the work’

After a decade helming the local union building trades, Willy Myers leaves a unique legacy.

Jodi Guetzloe Parker’s life in Labor

Never one to seek the limelight, she served the Laborers for decades as a tireless foot soldier for the cause of labor.

Teri Watson joins the building trades

After 10 years at Oregon OSHA, Watson went to work for the Oregon Building Trades Council and the Columbia Pacific Building Trades Council.

To Zoom or not to Zoom: Labor navigates a return to in-person meetings

Some local labor organizations see an argument for hybrid meetings, which incorporate in-person and virtual attendance options.

Metro jurisdictions ratify high-road commitments

The Regional Workforce Equity Agreement, which was led by local building trades union reps, will lead to dozens of project labor agreements.

Construction unions say Portland’s proposed polluter tax is a bad idea

A business group says the $250 per ton tax on industrial enterprises that emit pollutants would unfairly target industry, and threaten jobs.

Renewable diesel fuel refinery will be union built and operated

Construction work on the $1.6 billion project could begin in early 2022 at Port Westward near Clatskanie and employ 800 workers.

Colossal energy storage project in Columbia Gorge will be union-built

The Goldendale Energy Storage Project would be the area’s biggest project since the Columbia River hydro dams were built.

Unions and developers ally to stop BDS cuts

City of Portland building code enforcers, facing layoff, are getting some unexpected love from the construction industry.

Myers re-elected to represent Building Trades

Construction is booming. The challenge is to capture the billions still in the pipeline for union contractors and the members they employ.

High-bidding nonunion firm wins more Portland Public Schools work

Local building trades union leaders are baffled as an accused wage thief bids high and gets the worst rating, but wins contract.

Columbia Pacific Building Trades Council elects officers

The council coordinates project labor agreements and political activity for two dozen building trades unions totaling over 20,000 members.

County’s new health headquarters is union-made

Most of the work on the $94.1 million project was done union, and all parties worked to ensure women and minorities got opportunities on the project.

New interactive tool looks at critical repairs needed at National Parks in Oregon

Tool breaks down $116.5 million of overdue repairs by park and type.

Introducing the Moxy: Union pension funds will finance a new downtown Portland hotel

Construction begins in October at 10th and Alder on a 12-story, $50 million "boutique lifestyle" hotel under the Marriott International's Moxy brand.

Construction trades unions say goodbye to retiring OHSU president Joe Robertson

Robertson was lauded as a ‘Building Trades champion’ for transforming the South Waterfront and Marquam Hill with union labor.

Building Trades backs Nick Fish, Loretta Smith for City Council

The council also made candidate endorsements for three counties and Metro.