Author Archives: Kevin Maloney


Wisconsin Has Seen Largest Middle-Class Decline Of Any State, Study Finds

Wisconsin Has Seen Largest Middle-Class Decline Of Any State, Study Finds

Economist Says De-Unionization, Recession, Erosion Of Manufacturing Are Factors

A new state-by-state analysis from the Pew Charitable Trusts shows that Wisconsin experienced the biggest decline in middle-class households in the country between the years 2000 and 2013.

The study found that the percentage of households in the middle class dropped in all 50 states, with Wisconsin’s drop from 54.6 percent to 48.9 percent being the most significant. Moreover, Wisconsin saw a 14 percent decline in median household income. (Read more…)

New Director: OR/SW Washington Roofers & Wasterproofers Apprenticeship & Training Center

We are proud to announce that Joel Gonzalez will be the new director for the Oregon/SW Washington Roofers & Waterproofers Apprenticeship & Training Center. We thank Cliff Mapes for the time he has dedicated to the program and wish him well in his next endeavor.

Joel can be reached using the following contact information:

Joel Gonzalez-Director

Office: 503-546-4235

Cell: 503-914-7168


Oregon labor’s legislative agenda still in the air

With six weeks remaining in its 2015 session, the Oregon Legislature has entered the season of vote-counting and deal-cutting.

Democrats control 35 of the 60 seats in the House, and 18 of 30 seats in the Senate, yet it’s an open question whether they’ll deliver significant gains for working people this year. Several key labor-backed bills would require more from Oregon employers; if those bills come to a vote, corporate Democrats would have to demonstrate which side they’re on. (Read more here) 


Oregonians should embrace Coos gas pipeline

Oregon State Building & Construction Trades Council’s own Executive Secretary John Mohlis writes on embracing Jordan Cove gas export terminal and the Pacific Connector pipeline. These projects will create thousands of construction jobs for several years, foster greater economic opportunities for the state, and create 200 permanent living-wage jobs in Coos County. All while providing the basis for a revitalization of one of the best, most under-utilized ports in America.

Read the full article here.


The Convention is Next Week


The convention is next week. Our tentative schedule is as follows:

Wednesday, August 14
11am – Golfers meet at River’s Edge Golf Course
Noon – Golf Tournament Begins
6pm – Bricklayers & Ironworkers Hospitality Suite (Rooms 158-159)

Thursday, August 15
7-8:30am Registration (Long House B/C –Salal Room)
7am Executive Board Breakfast (Dining Room)
8:30am – 4pm Convention Convenes (Long House B/C)
6pm – PAC/WEST Hospitality Suite (Rooms 158-159)

Friday, August 16
7am Council Secretary-Treasurer & President Breakfast (Dining Room)
8:15am – 1pm Convention Reconvenes (Long House B/C)

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The Power of Partnership

21st Century Building Trades Unions. We approach our labor relations different than most of our counterparts in the labor world. We’re all part of the same family, but we can only be successful when our contractors are successful and we provide a superior product for the client, ultimately the owner who’s spending the construction dollar.