Oregon Building and Construction Trades Council

Battle breaks out between labor and AGC

It took two years and a state law for building trades unions to bargain a deal with ODOT. Now a contractor group wants to blow it up.


Staff changes at OPEIU Local 11, Oregon AFSCME, Oregon AFL-CIO, Oregon Building Trades, and U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley's office.

2023 Oregon Building Trades Convention Report

The council, made up of 27 AFL-CIO-affiliated local unions, held its convention Sept. 26-28 at Running Y Ranch near Klamath Falls.

Oregon Building Trades offers college scholarships

Two $1,000 scholarships are available to dependents of union members whose locals are affiliated with the council. Applications due Sept. 18.

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.

Proposed $10 billion hydrogen project commits to use union labor

Oregon and Washington building trades councils are backing plans by Obsidian Renewables to produce, store and transport hydrogen in the Pacific Northwest.

Oregon building trades leader will advise the Federal Reserve Bank

Robert Camarillo will be the only representative of labor on the council, serving along a group of mostly business executives.

An early look at Oregon labor’s 2022 legislative agenda

The Oregon Legislature’s “short session” begins Feb. 1 and ends by March 10. As ever, Oregon labor will promote a set of pro-worker bills.

2021 Oregon building trades convention report

Representing over 33,000 construction workers, delegates backed a candidate for governor and committed to fight racism in the industry.

Safe From Hate panel says culture change is coming in construction

Contractors increasingly say they will sanction hostile and harassing on-the-job behaviors that used to be overlooked or laughed off.

Oregon Building Trades goes forward with Sunriver convention

It will be the first in-person union convention in Oregon since the COVID-19 pandemic hit in March 2020. Some events will be held outdoors.

Taking a building trades agenda to the Oregon Capitol

Electrician Wayne Chow, lobbying for the building trades in Salem, knows the difference a union makes, having suffered wage theft first hand.

Building trades’ Camarillo named to I-5 Bridge advisory group

The bi-state group will develop recommendations for replacing the aging I-5 bridge over the Columbia River between Portland and Vancouver.

PGE’s new windfarm: union-built

When complete, the Wheatridge Renewable Energy Facility will be one of the nation’s largest wind/solar/battery combinations.

Environmental groups say green jobs need to pay a living wage

At least 16 groups have signed a letter to senators supporting a call by the Oregon State Building Trades Council for "high-road" standards.

Mohlis elected chair of SAIF board

The retired leader of the Oregon State Building Trades Council will oversee Oregon’s not-for-profit workers compensation insurance company.

Oregon Building Trades COVID task force lauded as potential model

Since June, the task force has been sharing and promoting best practices, and visiting construction job sites.

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.

Building Trades joins group battling opioid addiction

The RX Abuse Leadership Initiative of Oregon launched Oct. 1 at the Northeast Portland union hall shared by Bricklayers Local 1 and Cement Masons Local 555.