If you want to create jobs and reduce traffic congestion – Vote No!

On behalf of the 25,000 highly skilled construction workers that make up the Oregon Building and Construction Trades Council, I ask that you vote no on this measure. A no vote will mean more jobs and less traffic congestion.

We agree with both the Westside Economic Alliance and Tigard Chamber of Commerce that this measure would significantly hamper Tigard’s ability to both bring in new industries and retain the businesses we have now. That is why we have come together to ask voters to join us in voting no on this measure.  Our elected leaders have spent years working to attract businesses to our community, work that has positioned Washington County as the economic hub of the state, and the work continues. A yes vote on this measure would throw a monkey wrench into an economic plan that, up to this point, has been incredibly successful.

The Pacific Highway/99W is one of the worst traffic bottlenecks in the area, and many of our members routinely sit in traffic for over an hour on their way home. Sitting in traffic is a waste in so many ways. A yes vote will hurt the economy and lead to more traffic congestion. For people who commute to and from work, traffic congestion can make you late to work and late getting home, which means less time with our families and generally having less time to spend doing the things we love.

Even if you never plan to ride light rail, allowing others to do so will get them off our roads, thereby reducing traffic congestion and helping speed up your travels. Many businesses locate near access to light rail so their workers have safe and reliable transportation to and from work.

If reducing traffic congestion and increasing our region’s economic viability is important to you, then I encourage you to join our members in voting no this March.

Submitted on the behalf of John Mohlis, Secretary-Treasurer of the Oregon State Building and Construction Trades Council.

Understanding and Accessing Union Apprenticeships


State In-Service Day 10/10/14, 8am – 4pm
Register by 9/19/14

This 8-hour workshop will provide participants with the experience, understanding, and resource materials needed to encourage and support those students for whom admission into a union apprenticeship program would be a promising post-secondary option.

Experience the trades first-hand through fun and informative activities led by instructors from the trades. Become “the student’ during applied math and science lessons which will help incorporate real world scenarios into lesson plans. Take tours of local training centers, receive awareness training focused on the career opportunities in the trades, and learn about how students can qualify for and apply for apprenticeship.

Keynote speaker Oregon Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian will open the workshop with some words about the future of and opportunities for skilled labor in the region.

The deadline to register is September 19. Spaces filled quickly for the 2012 workshop. For more information or to register, email Bridget Quinn at bquinn@nietc.org.

Brought to you by Local Apprenticeship Training Centers (JATC’s) representing union Laborers, Cement Masons, Electricians, Plumbers and Steamfitters, Roofers and Waterproofers, Painters, and Sheet Metal Workers together with Oregon Tradeswomen (OTI), the Bureau of Labor and Industry (BOLI), and other great partners!