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Frequently Asked Questions

 

How do I join the union?

You would come to our local office and fill out our “registration packet” , or print out the packet here. Once your paperwork is complete, you will then pay a $30 registration fee every 30 days until you are sent to work. Once you are working, you will be required to pay the $300 initiation fee. Once you've paid your initiation fee is paid, you are a member of Local 737. 

What If I don't have a lot of skills that are listed on the Journeyman Registration packet?
Our Apprenticeship program is a great opportunity that helps you build a career. Feel free to visit the site here and learn more about the Oregon Laborers' Apprenticeship Program.  EARN WHILE YOU LEARN. You can contact them at
Toll Free Number: (800) 511-2907 Phone Number: (541) 745-5513 Website: www.oregonlaborers.com

How many hours do I need to be eligible for benefits?

200 hours when you start then 140 hours per month to maintain coverage. 

I have been working for 2 months and have not received benefit card info yet?

 Have you moved recently? If so, you need to call the William C. Earhart Trust and update your address. Contractors report on a monthly basis on the 20th and there may be some lag time. We recommend calling the William C. Earhart if you are concerned about your benefits. William C. Earhart's phone number is 503-460-5245 or www.wcearhart.com

Who do I contact for insurance and pension eligibility questions?

William C. Earhart (503)460-5245 or (877) 396-5845, also online at www.wcearhart.com 

What night are the Union Meetings?

In Portland, they are on the third Thursday of every Month at 6:00 pm at the Local 737 Meeting Hall;

17230 NE Sacramento ST Suite 202 Portland, OR 97230

On the second Tuesday in February, May, August, November in Central Point at the Labor Temple.

On the second Wednesday in February, May, August, and November in Springfield.

On the third Tuesday in February, May, August, and November in Hermiston. 

What holidays do I have off?

New Year's Day, Memorial Day, Fourth of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day and the following day, Christmas Day.  If the holiday falls on a Saturday, then the previous Friday is considered the holiday. If the holiday falls on a Sunday, then the following Monday is considered the holiday. 

What are the hours of the financial office? 

Monday through Friday: 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Saturday & Sunday: Closed

What is the contact for the training center?

Toll Free Number: (800) 511-2907 Phone Number: (541) 745-5513 Website: www.oregonlaborers.com

Dental providers that work at our rates? 

BrightNow! Dental- Provides general and specialty and orthodontics dental services. They have been supporting unions for nearly 40 years.

Sunrise Dental -Sunrise Dental offers union members an economical dental solution in Oregon and Washington. Sunrise Dental has employed some of the top dentists in the area, and their dental offices are equipped with cutting-edge equipment such as intra-oral cameras, digital x-rays and minimally invasive implant products.

Willamette Dental Group- Willamette Dental Group aims to provide the best proactive dental care for the members it serves. Their past 40 years of success has been built on their dedication and standards of healthcare that put their members first.

Scholarships Available to Members?

 Vernie Reed Scholarship

A scholarship program for certain members of the Laborers' International Union has been established as a living
memorial to the late W. Vernie Reed, General Secretary-Treasurer of the International Union.

Through the generosity of Brother Reed's friends and associates, a self perpetuating fund will provide a program of
yearly scholarships to assist eligible worthy students in furthering their four (4) year undergraduate education. The
first award was made in the Spring of 1981. Scholarships are usually awarded before July.

Companies that support the Union?
Union Plus - Helping union members and their children attend college. For the past 22 years, Union Plus has distributed over 3.7 million scholarship dollars to working families. The scholarship application is available June to January each year.