Who We Are

About NWNCA
Trained Professionals
Quality Assurance
Partnership

About NWNCA

The Northwest Regional Council of the National Construction Alliance II (NWNCA) is comprised of the Pacific Northwest Regional Council of Carpenters and Oregon Local 701 and Washington Locals 302 and 612 of the International Union of Operating Engineers – the largest two largest construction trades unions in the northwest. Together, we represent over 35,000 working men and women in the construction and building trades.

The NWNCA is a regional council of the National Construction Alliance II, a partnership at the national level between the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and the International Union of Operating Engineers.

The purpose of the NWNCA is three fold:

2. Effectively partner with our signatory contractors;
2. Reduce costly labor disputes that can slow and stop work; and
3. Provide our members with living wages and medical benefits that protect and support them and their entire family.

Trained Professionals

Our contractors are served by a highly skilled workforce that is trained and bolstered by our training centers across the northwest.

A typical NWNCA craftsperson receives an equivalent of a 4 year degree in the construction trades. Craftspeople learn their trades in the classroom, on the job and under the supervision of leading experts in their field. Craftspeople in training are apprentices and their progress is tracked by their training center under state-approved guidelines.

This training itself is paid for by Taft-Hartley trusts that are funded by both the unions and contractors – ensuring that each has an equal say in the direction of the training programs. This arrangement also allows contractors to take a hands-on approach to the hiring, training and continuing education of the workforce they rely on to execute their contracts.

Quality Assurance

The NWNCA and our partner contractors get projects done right, on time and on budget. Expert craftspeople work accurately and efficiently to avoid costly mistakes and project overruns related to increased man hours and materials.

Unskilled labor accounts for many costly mistakes on construction sites and cash-only workers don’t pay income tax – dealing a double blow to the health of the construction industry and our economy. Some contractors even engage in deceptive practices that include paying unskilled workers cash under the table. This hurts the industry and our economy.

The NWNCA and our partner contractors follow the rules and focus on the project at hand – not on saving a quick buck by cutting corners.

Partnership

The NWNCA works collaboratively with our partner contractors to build the future of the northwest.

The NWNCA is the manifestation of the desire to continue our member union’s progress toward more productive relationships with our contractors and away from the adversarial and sometimes antagonistic posture that some labor organizations maintain.

We want what our contractors want: to earn good projects and do good work.

The NWNCA is committed to our partner contractors and will continue to find new ways to collaborate and improve our workforce to better serve the industry and employers.