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A Construction Craft Laborer takes pride in the fact that he or she has a hand in every structure built in this country - below ground as well as above. Laborers are one of the first crafts on the job and the last craft to leave the job.

The Laborers’ Union is a group of people that has come together for the benefit of all. As a Union member, you are expected to be a highly productive team worker that takes pride in your work. Safety, quality, and productivity are the hallmarks of the Laborers Union. When employers use Union Laborers, they know they are employing the most qualified workforce.


Union Laborers enjoy a comprehensive wage and benefit package. The wages are almost always higher than what is being offered to non-union workers doing the same work in the area. An excellent health and dental plan provides quality healthcare for individual members and their families.

The Laborers’ Union also provides a pension plan that can give you a secure retirement. The Laborers pension programs are second to none. Many Laborers are retiring with an income that equals what they made while working. For those who work hard it is a rewarding career.


Works as part of a team that builds:

  • Highways
  • Water Mains
  • Treatment Plants
  • Light-Rail Systems
  • Stadiums
  • Airports
  • Bridges
  • Factories and stores
and much more....





The purpose of the apprenticeship program is to develop a qualified, versatile and safe workforce. A skilled workforce creates profit for the worker and the contractor. Owners of projects expect contractors to produce a quality project at a competitive price. Contractors must have skilled, safe workers to be competitive. Apprenticeship will give you a combination of on-the-job experience and related training to help you become a valued construction team member and a qualified Union Laborer. We have State Registered Programs in Oregon and Idaho.

The Oregon and Southern Idaho Laborers-Employers Training Trust Fund admits students of any race, color, national origin, ethnic origin, and gender and all students have the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. The Oregon and Southern Idaho Laborers-Employers Training Trust Fund does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ethnic origin, and gender in administration of its educational policies, admission policies, scholarship and loan programs, and any other programs that are administered by the Training Trust Fund.

The apprenticeship program consists of 4000 hours of on-the-job experience and a minimum of 360 hours related training. Wages begin at 63% of Journey person scale and increase with each 1000 hours of on-the-job training and 90 hours of related training.


If you are thinking about applying for the CCL Apprenticeship Program, here are the steps you must follow:

The first step is to attend an orientation about the Laborers trade.

These sessions help give you an understanding of the work of a Laborer and answer questions you may have about the apprenticeship program. Orientations are held on a regular basis at several locations. Stop by a Local Union Hall for the date and location of the next orientation.

The second step is a face-to-face interview. Interviews are usually scheduled about a month after an orientation session. These sessions give us an opportunity to learn more about you. You will have a chance to ask questions about the program. The final step is attending a one week pre-construction training class. This is our chance to evaluate your ability to physically perform the work of the trade. It is also a chance for you to see if you have what it takes to make it as a Laborer. These classes are held at our Portland training center when there is a need for apprentices. To apply for the program, you must be at least 18 years of age, have completed the tenth grade or equivalent, and have reliable transportation to get to work and to training. Also, you will be required to take and pass drug tests on a regular basis during work and training.