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
New Election Committee Member: Mike Mehrens
At the special Executive Board meeting held last night, the board interviewed candidates and appointed Mike Mehrens as their representative on the Election Committee. Congratulations Mike!
BT Exam Application
Click below to learn about and download the UA 290 Building Trades Exam Application.
Local 290 Candidate Endorsements
This year's political candidate endorsements are now up. To view them and other information about our PAC, go to Members > PAC.
Blue Light Special: Dimetrics Welding Training
The Training Center has obtained several machines to practice and certify on.
Wage Disbursement - $1.25
$.10 to Pre-funded Retiree Medical
$.10 to Training Fund
$.56 to Pension Fund
$.49 Retiree 13th Check
252 voted, 6 ineligible
Proposal passes with 149 votes.