2020 Newsletter

From the desk of the President

Greetings Local 1 Members!  It’s hard to believe the year 2020 is upon us and we are already over a month into it.  As we begin a new decade and a new chapter for our Local, we have a lot to reflect on and be grateful for. 

As you are aware, last October the Pacific Northwest Administrative District Council was dissolved and Local 1 Oregon was expanded to include Idaho, Montana and all of Washington besides Seattle to create Local 1 Oregon/ Washington/ Idaho/ Montana.  Combining these areas is proving to be a positive change with increased resources available to members across the region, as well as greater access to training and representation.  

We have been working on multiple programs that will continue to strengthen our Local.  One of these programs is the addition of JATC’s across the region.  Shawn Lenczowski, who has been the apprenticeship coordinator for Local 1 Oregon since 2009, was appointed as the apprenticeship coordinator across all states.  Shawn has done an excellent job getting the apprenticeship programs organized and in compliance with regulatory standards in Eastern Washington and Montana.  There are an additional 30 apprentices in our Local thanks to the expansion.  The apprenticeship is the future of our Union and we are proud to have such an outstanding program.  Special thanks to Charlie Anderson as well for the endless hours and work that he put into the Spokane training center this year.

Work has been strong over the last several years and nearly all our members are working, even through the winter!   Having a more expansive geographic area will provide greater access to talent and allow us to share craftworkers across the Local to meet our contractor's needs.  We are always looking for skilled craftworkers and frequently get calls from contractors looking for manpower.  If you are currently not working and have not called in to let us know, please call the office on a weekly basis to put your name on the informal out of work list.  We will do everything we can to make sure all our members are working.

Another highlight from the past year was the growth in our retirement plans.  2019 was an excellent year and we were fortunate to receive a 19.9% return for the year in the Northwest Pension plan and a 21.53% return in the DC Plan.  Strong work hours and market returns are helping to move the pension into a positive cash flow position!   

Each year, Local 1 Oregon awards the Al Thomas Memorial Scholarship to children and grandchildren of members who wish to attend college or trade school.  The scholarship is awarded in memory of former Local 1 Business Manager Al Thomas, who served as Business Manager from 1970 until 1973. This year we are excited to extend the scholarship to all of Local 1 Oregon/ Washington/ Idaho/ Montana.  There will be four $1,000 scholarships being offered to high school seniors and students entering our apprenticeship or trade school.  More information about this scholarship will be sent out in the spring, along with details on how to apply.

2019 has been a successful year for Local 1 we are looking forward to 2020!  I would like to take the opportunity to thank you all for your commitment to the union movement and for your dedication to this trade.  I hope to have more good news to share throughout this year.  As always, feel free to contact myself or any of the staff if you have any questions or concerns and be sure to make your voice heard by attending your local Union meetings! 

Local #1 OR/WA/ID/MT Chapter meetings schedule:

Spokane 1st Thursdays @ 4:30pm

Portland 3rd Tuesdays @ 7:00pm

Montana- On call revolving locations