About the Council

The Los Angeles/Orange Counties Building and Construction Trades Council is in the business of creating good jobs and lifelong careers. It is an umbrella group representing 48 local unions and district councils in 14 Trades. Membership in these unions totals more than 100,000 skilled men and women.

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The Building Trades are working now on the $1 billion Gerald Desmond Bridge replacement in the Port of Long Beach.
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Several Building Trades locals gather to give a makeover to the Anaheim VFW.
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The Building Trades unite to win a Project Labor Agreement for municipal projects with the City of Long Beach.
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Private and Public Projects

The Council negotiates Project Labor Agreements with developers and owners to bring collective bargaining to projects in the private and public sectors. These projects are worth tens of billions of dollars.

We have PLAs with the Los Angeles Unified School District, Los Angeles Airport, Port of Long Beach, Port of Los Angeles, LA County Metro, NBCUniversal, Paramount Pictures, BNSF, Occidental Petroleum and many others. Our members are currently building the tallest tower west of the Mississippi—the Wilshire Grand.

Winning for Our Members

Groundbreaking Ceremony at Playhouse Plaza in Pasadena, CA

Building Trades leaders and members break ground at the Playhouse Plaza project in Pasadena with Mayor Bill Bogaard, center.

Through these agreements, working men and women earn fair pay; benefits; retirement pensions; and health and safety on the job. We work as partners with project owners to complete projects on time and on budget.

Political Activism

The Council is active in politics in LA and Orange Counties. We join forces with our local unions on political action in elections for legislators, city councils, school districts and public boards, as well as statewide and local initiatives. Through our activism, we educate residents and elected officials about the skills that Building Trades members use on the job.

We form coalitions for smart, forward-looking development; we’re instrumental in bringing mass transit to Southern California.


The Building Trades are the second-biggest source of job training in this country, just behind the US military. Interested members of the community may enter the Trades through our apprenticeship programs.

To find out more about Trades apprenticeships, please click here and http://www.calapprenticeship.org/.

Welcoming Veterans

We are committed to offering opportunities to military veterans through Helmets to Hardhats: http://www.helmetstohardhats.org/

“Building Trades News”: The Record of the Building Trades

The Council is the publisher of “Building Trades News,” our monthly newspaper covering Council accomplishments, the leaders and members of our local unions, and our campaigns for good jobs.

For editorial coverage, please contact Editorial Director Anne-Marie Otey: Amotey@laocbuildingtrades.org