Laborers Local 737

Laborers rise $9.25/hr in new agreements

Traffic flaggers — who have one of the most dangerous jobs — will get even bigger raises, starting with an immediate raise of $8 an hour. 

Raising funds for kids with cancer

A union-sponsored St. Patrick’s Day party will net over $25,000 for Children’s Cancer Association this year once expenses are tallied.

MMA marks a new start for a laborer with a checkered past

Martial arts helped Jimmy Jennett recover from drug addiction, and he opened a gym in 2018 to share his story.

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. 

Shipyard workers in an uproar over paint damage to cars

An improperly contained cruise ship paint job resulted in paint particles floating almost a half-mile to the employee parking lot.

Laborers honor Paul Holvey with new award

The Jodi Guetzloe Parker Legislative Champion Award recognizes state legislators who went above and beyond for the Laborers union.

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.

Culver re-elected at Laborers Local 737

Local 737 represents laborers in construction, shipyards, and road maintenance, plus several hundred public works employees.

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.

End of the line

The chief union steward at Portland's shipyard is retiring after 35 years on the waterfront, and 30 years as a member of Laborers Local 737.

Laborers strike at CertainTeed ends with bigger raises

The strike shut down production at the company’s asphalt roof tile plant at 6350 NW Front Ave. for two and a half weeks.

Aida Aranda, 1962-2023

Training center director Aida Aranda, who died Feb. 27, was a proud Laborer and a dedicated advocate for apprenticeship.

Laborers strike shuts CertainTeed shingle plant

Three days after voting down a company contract offer, workers at a Northwest Portland roof shingle factory walked out and shut it down.

Presents from Partners

The annual charity drive is a way to make holidays a little brighter for union families that find themselves in hardship.

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.

Construction coalition plans campaign to end on-the-job harassment of women, minorities

More than 60 union leaders, general contractors, public project owners, trade groups, and others took part in a Dec. 3 Safe From Hate summit.

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.

Pandemic effects ripple across the construction industry

Across the building trades, opinions vary about whether to stay working or stay at home in the midst of a pandemic.

Laborers Local 737 donates masks

The union training center donated its supply of N-95 protective masks to front-line health care workers dealing with the coronavirus pandemic. 

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.