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Oregon & Southern Idaho District Council of Laborers' is a chartered district council of the Laborers’ International Union of North America (LIUNA). The District Council has three affiliated locals representing members in the construction industry and in public service in Oregon and Southern Idaho.

LIUNA members are on the forefront of the construction industry ­ a sector that is a powerhouse of 12 million workers producing 5 percent of our countries economic output. LIUNA is also one of the most diverse and effective unions representing public service employees. A half-million strong, LIUNA members are united through collective bargaining agreements which help us earn family-supporting pay, good benefits and the opportunity for advancement and better lives.

Born of strife and struggle, LIUNA members have been uniting for better lives since the 1836 when the first recognized Laborers union was established in Philadelphia. Hundreds of Laborers Local Unions existed across North America at the turn of the century but they were only admitted to the early AFL as "Federal Locals."

But in 1903, Samuel Gompers, President of the American Federation of Labor (AFL), sent out a convention call to independent local Laborers’ Unions, urging them to join together and establish an international union of construction laborers. On April 13, the International Hod Carriers and Building Laborers’ Union (IHC and BLC) was founded. The first convention, held in Washington, D.C., was attended by 25 delegates from 23 Local Unions in 17 cities, representing 8,186 Laborers. A Declaration of Principles was adopted during the first convention. The delegates elected Herman Lilien, a Belgian immigrant from Chicago Local Union 4, as General President. He served as General President until 1905.

Read more on about LIUNA's history at www.Liuna.org/History