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Labor Relations

AGC’s Labor Relations staff works daily to promote stable relations between unions and contractors, which includes creating a level playing field for both union and open-shop companies. We are consistently combating unfair labor practices and excessive government regulations and work closely with member companies to determine reasonable wage rates, benefits, and working rules. We assist with grievances, arbitration, workplace investigations, and workers’ compensation claims, and we are here to save you time and money through the AGC’s staff expertise.

Contract Administration

Labor Agreements and Wage Information

Assigning bargaining rights to AGC

AGC negotiates with five major trades on a single-employer basis. Contractors who choose to assign bargaining rights to AGC realize the following benefits:

Union Contractor Group

The charge of the Union Contractor Group is to expand the market for the union building and construction industry; improve technical and business skills of employers; stabilize and improve relations between the employers and labor unions; and promote, support, and improve the employment opportunities for employers.

The UCG consists of a cents per-hour contribution made by contractors signatory to one or more of the AGC agreements. 

UCG board



Dual Gate


To have an effective dual gate system, contractors are required to follow a specific process. The Dual Gate process and some additional useful guidelines are set forth in this step-by-step manual for use by job supervisors and others. Waterproof dual gate signage is available to all AGC members.  

Union Partners and resources

Pacific NW Regional Council of Carpenters
Melvin Norman
1636 East Burnside
Portland, OR 97214
503-261-1862
www.carpenterspnwrc.org

Oregon & S. Idaho District Council of Laborers
Jeff Gritz
17230 NE Sacramento Street
Suite 201
Portland, OR 97230
541-801-2221
www.local737.org

Operating Engineers Local 701
James Anderson
555 East First Street
Gladstone, OR 97027
503-650-7701
www.iuoe701.com

Cement Masons
Geoff Kossak
12812 NE Marx Street
Portland, OR 97230
503-232-9341
www.cementmasons555.org

Teamsters Joint Council #37
Bill Elzie
1850 NE 162nd Avenue
Portland, OR 97230
503-257-0162
www.teamsters162.com

Washington & N. Idaho District Council of Laborers
Stacy Martin
12101 Tukwila International Blvd, Suite 300
Seattle, WA 98168
425-741-3556
www.nwlaborers.org

Oregon Building Trades
Robert Camarillo
3535 SE 86th Avenue
Portland, OR 97266
503-788-7153
www.oregonbuildingtrades.com

Oregon Tradeswomen
454 SE 187th Avenue
Portland, OR 97233
503-335-8200
www.oregontradeswomen.org

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“Bob Timmons has extensive industry knowledge, contacts, and experience which allow him to assist members and provide actionable solutions and recommendations. He is very responsive to our needs and has become a trusted advisor regarding our labor relations matters.”

— Aaron Adkins, JR Merit

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