Oregon State Building Trades 2018 Convention

August 22 – 24 at Sunriver Resort

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 Portland, Jordan Cove, NuScale Power, and Vancouver Energy about upcoming projects worth multiple billions of dollars, and they passed 11 policy-setting resolutions.

In his first report since being elected executive secretary a year ago, Tim Frew, a member of IBEW Local 280 in Tangent, said in the next year he wants to focus more attention on councils outside the Portland metropolitan area.

Read more at nwlaborpress.org.

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 nwLaborPress.org.

Union pension fund to invest $26 million at Westmoreland Union Manor

“This means good jobs for our members and an opportunity to help our community through the rehabilitation of this important affordable housing development in Portland with union labor,” said John Mohlis, executive secretary of the Oregon State Building and Construction Trades Council.

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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) 

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.

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Union Heritage Class


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.