Entries by Jeffrey Newgard

Understanding and Accessing Union Apprenticeships

There is a lot of buzz these days about a skilled worker shortage.  Apprenticeships are often overlooked as a promising post-secondary option.  Many advisors and parents are unaware that most apprentices complete their training debt-free, while earning living wages, health care and contributing to a pension plan.  For students who have their eyes on a […]

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 […]

Labor Day 2013 – Putting Country First

By President Sean McGarvey North America’s Building Trades Unions Like many national holidays, Labor Day continues to suffer from neglect. Just as Memorial Day, has now suffered the misfortune of being reduced to merely signaling the start of summer, now Labor Day has become its seasonal bookend: Another empty three-day weekend, and an excuse for […]

Oregon Building Trades Council Launches Social Media Arm During Annual Convention

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Oregon Building Trades Council Launches Social Media Arm During Annual Convention August 15, 2013 – On Thursday, the Oregon Building Trades Council kicked off its fifty-second annual convention by launching both Twitter (@OregonTrades) and Instagram accounts, adding to their rapidly expanding online presence – bringing Oregon’s construction unions entirely into the social […]

U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Forum on Natural Gas

On May 21, the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources held its second forum in a three-part series on natural gas. The second roundtable discussion focused on the domestic supply and exports of natural gas. A panel of a dozen witnesses testified before the Committee representing a range of perspectives including agency representatives from […]

Labor agreement reached for Jordan Cove LNG Terminal

On April 4, Jordan Cove Contractors and Labor reached a project agreement for the Jordan Cove liquefied natural gas (LNG) export terminal at the International Port of Coos Bay. The project, estimated to cost $6 billion, will be built by union labor. “We are very pleased to have reached an agreement ensuring our facility will […]