Entries by Kevin Maloney

Building Trades back Governor Kate Brown for re-election

LINCOLN CITY — Oregon Gov. Kate Brown was endorsed by the Oregon State Building Trades Council in her bid for re-election in 2018. The endorsement took place at the Council’s annual convention Aug. 23-26. The 60 delegates in attendance also endorsed Val Hoyle for labor commissioner, they heard reports from representatives of the Port of […]

Frew takes helm of Oregon Building Trades Council

BEND—Tim Frew, a 32-year member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW), succeeded John Mohlis as executive secretary of the Oregon State Building and Construction Trades Council (OSBCTC), effective Sept. 1. Frew has job shadowed Mohlis for the past several months, including during the short session of the Legislature in February. Read more at […]

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 […]

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 […]

John Mohlis, OBTC Executive Secretary, lands Compass Award

John Mohlis, Executive Secretary of the Oregon State Building & Construction Trades Council, was awarded the Compass Award by the Port of Portland. The annual award recognizes individuals who serve as civic and/or corporate role models in the community, and who have demonstrated exceptional support for the Port of Portland. 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 […]