Iron Workers Local 29

Handcuffs to Hardhats

A new program in Oregon gives women prisoners a chance to prove themselves in a skilled trade and enter promising career upon release.


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

Handcuffs to hardhats? 

Three locals are launching a pre-apprenticeship program for inmates in the Coffee Creek Correctional Facility.

Bill says demolition is public work too

SB 594 would add demolition and hazardous waste removal to the requirement that prevailing wage be paid on public construction projects. 

Iron workers lock in union at Raimore Construction

In construction, when contractors sign on to the union, that means they can ‘unsign’ later. But not if workers have a say.

Amazon shuts out union workers in Woodburn

Local building trade unions have been picketing the colossal construction site to protest out-of-state contractors and subpar wages.

At Local 29 hall, a night on Santa Lane

Weather couldn’t stop the Iron Workers holiday event. Over 175 cars and 700 people came out for gifts, hot chocolate, and photos with Santa.

Iron Workers Local 29 Retirees Club is back to meeting again

Unable to meet for 18 months because of coronavirus restrictions, the group began meeting again this month.

On the job with Iron Workers Local 29

Courtney Newberg found her dream job in a tough, traditionally male construction craft.

Construction industry confronts suicide in the ranks

Construction workers commit suicide at three times the national average. More die by suicide than job site injuries or accidents.

Iron Workers Local 29 goes contactless with ‘Night on Santa Lane’

The union parking lot became a winter wonderland, replacing a party the union has held for members and their kids and grandkids for 34 years.

COVID changes union holiday plans

The pandemic is impacting union holiday traditions. The Grotto and Elsinore events are cancelled, but ironworkers will hold a drive-up event.

New Beaverton arts center tops out

The $51 million 43,000-square-foot complex will feature a 550-seat performance venue, an art gallery, meeting rooms, and a showcase plaza.

Green jobs, but not for you

Oregon construction unions say state-subsidized clean energy work is going to nonunion out-of-state firms and out-of-state crews.

Fund set up for two ironworkers hurt in roof collapse

James Sackett and Justin Rothgeb, members of Iron Workers Local 29, were badly injured June 10, when a roof partially collapsed on the new Portland General Electric headquarters under construction in Tualatin.

TriMet awards transit project to union-signatory minority contractor

Raimore Construction will be the general contractor on the $60 million construction portion of the Division Transit Project, which will be the largest construction contract awarded to a minority contractor in Oregon history.

New leadership at Ironworkers Local 29

Challenger Jason Fussell outpolled incumbent Joe Bowers, becoming business manager effective Jan. 2.

Santa visits the children of iron workers

The annual event has been going since 1985.

Operating Engineers pickets question Boeing’s Integrity

When Local 701 pickets went up against a non-union equipment operator, members of Iron Workers Local 29 and other unions walked out, teaching apprentices the meaning of solidarity.

Donations pouring in for the families of ironworkers killed in Seattle crane collapse

More than $128,000 has been donated to the families of two ironworkers killed in an April 27 tower crane collapse in downtown Seattle.