Why should you join UA290?
Earn while you learn.
Whether you're a new apprentice, or looking to upgrade your skills, our training facilities and programs can help you succeed.
A fair day's work for a fair day's pay.
Union jobs ensure you and your family opportunities, and provide for a secure and dignified retirement.
Group health plans, retirement pensions, scholarships for your children, and assistance when you need it...
Protecting the health
and welfare of our region.
Welcome to Local 290
Local 290 is a local union member of the United Association of Plumbers and Steamfitters. We are a multi-craft union made up of more than four thousand active and retired members specializing in the fabrication, installation and servicing of piping systems. From master plumbers, to certified welders, and specialized pipe fitting journeymen, our union is proud to have such a diverse background of tradesmen. This website is dedicated to the men and women, both past and present, helping to ensure the health and welfare of our nation.
The United Association has been training qualified pipe tradesmen longer than anyone else in the industry. Our Local boasts one of the premier training programs in the nation. The Matt J. Walters Training Center has 10 training facilities and over 70 instructors, bringing in a vast range of knowledge and experience that is unmatched in the industry. Curriculum includes five-year apprenticeship programs, extensive journeyman training, organized instructor training and certification programs. Our signatory contractors offer apprentices valuable on-the-job experience. Under the careful guidance and instruction of journeymen, apprentices will apply what they’ve learned in the classroom to the jobsite.
We work on projects like OHSU on the South Waterfront in Portland and the server farm in Central Oregon for Facebook. With a large jurisdiction stretching all the way to Northern California, we also work projects such as the decommissioning of the Humboldt Bay Power Plant.
News and Events
There will be a poker tournament held February 13th in the Local 290 meeting hall from 7:30 PM to 12:00 AM. 25% of all proceeds will benefit the Members Assistance program.Click below to learn more details, such as the buy amounts!
2015 Election Results
The election results are available! Click the "Election Results" tab in the top navigation to view them.
Marine Fitter Apprentice Tina Stafford featured in Tradeswomen Tuesday
Bluelight: Mitsubishi VRF Training
Variable Refrigerant Flow-The CITY MULTI Service Course
Bluelight: Ammonia Training
Saturday course that will include a 4-hour Ammonia Awareness class, including use of ammonia leak simulator software and a 4-hour Ammonia Refrigeration Basics class.
Richard Barnes Group
See below for an ongoing page of our Richard Barnes group and what they've been up to!
Casi Johnson, a Steamfitter Apprentice, featured in Tradeswomen Tuesday
Up to date class information
BT Exam Application
The next Building Trades Exam is in June 2015. Applications will be available here, starting the first week of April 2015.