IBEW Local 48

Union Pride: IBEW Local 48 hall gets a major overhaul

A top-to-bottom remodel of Local 48’s union hall is in the final stages of completion. More than a makeover, it's a showcase of union talent.

Change makers: Electrical Workers Minority Caucus turns 50

The second Tuesday of each month, about two dozen members meet at the union hall to mentor and encourage fellow minorities.

Jerry Bruce, 1936-2024

The former IBEW Local 48 business manager helped move the union hall and set up the union's market recovery and flex benefits plans.

On a mission to organize every sign shop

One diehard union supporter has played a part in all three sign shops that unionized in the last several years.

More local unions pass resolutions on Gaza

The latest resolutions call for an end to arming and funding Israel, and for Israel to vacate Gaza and the West Bank.

Trades workers ratify contract at Home Forward

The three-year contract covers 56 trades workers. It raises starting pay $9 an hour on average and adds new safety provisions. 

Portland Sign Co. signs first union contract

Portland Sign Co. became the second company to sign a union contract with IBEW Local 48, and a third may be close behind.

To avoid bankruptcy, ILWU pays $20.5 million to replace a shipper’s lost profits

It’s the final chapter in a fight over two jobs, a dispute that shut down container shipping in Portland for years.

Schoolhouse Electric signs first union contract with IBEW 48

The three-year agreement sets starting wages at $20 an hour, up from $18 an hour, and provides overtime pay after 8 hours in a day.

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.

Tradeswomen build nations

It was the largest gathering of its kind. At Women Build Nations, 3,900 attendees paraded down the streets of the nation’s capital.

Local 48 Rosies head to Honolulu

IBEW Local 48’s Sisters in Solidarity group traveled to Honolulu to take part in a National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day ceremony.

IBEW Local 48 gets $13/hour increase over three years

Members of IBEW Local 48 ratified three agreements in the last month that cover nearly all of the union’s 6,000 members.

Portland Public Schools is skimping on maintenance

A new report paid for by the district confirms what union tradespeople who maintain schools have been saying for years.

Recruiting out in the community

R&B. Barbecue. And a chance at a family wage. The Community Pulse Series is meant to recruit people of color to the trades.

Look for the union Rose Festival entries

Unions are once again taking part in Portland's annual Rose Festival parades. Here’s a list of who to look for.


Interviews with 12 local construction tradeswomen reveals, no surprise: They want the same chance to succeed.

Residential electricians get $4/hour increase

The one-year contract covers work on single-family homes, duplexes, and some multi-family buildings in Oregon and Washington.

Sound & Comm electricians get $3.43 raise

The one-year contract between IBEW Local 48 and NECA covers more than 750 workers in the Sound & Communications unit.

Union busters file disclosures at Schoolhouse Electric

Whatever they were paid, the consultants failed in their mission: Workers voted to unionize with IBEW Local 48 in August.