In the late 1880s, steel had virtually replaced wood and stone as the primary load-carrying material in the erection of bridges and buildings. This abrupt change in structural materials brought about a demand for a new type of worker-bridge men and architectural ironworkers. Ironworkers became known as "cowboys in the sky." As these daring, young, independent men aged and became husbands and providers, their thoughts turned to providing for their families during sickness, injury, and death and the realization by joining together, their voices became stronger, unified, and heard. Thus, the International Association of Bridge and Structural Iron Workers of America was established on February 4, 1896 by sixteen delegates who attended our founding convention in Pittsburgh.
Ironworkers Local 29, established in 1901 is a chapter of the International Association of Bridge, Structural, Ornamental, and Reinforcing Ironworkers.
We currently represent 1,300 journeypersons and 170 apprentices in the state of Oregon and 6 counties of southwest Washington. Our organization is dedicated to the improvement of wages and working conditions for all people performing ironwork within our jurisdiction.
We provide extensive training through our apprenticeship program. Our members are well trained and qualified to perform all aspects of the ironworking trade. Our signatory contractors perform high quality work, completing projects on time and within budget.