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Temple retires as business manager of Cement Masons Local 555
Bruce Temple, a 35-year member of
Portland-based Cement Masons Local
555, retired as the union’s business
manager on May 31.
Temple, 57, stepped down in the
middle of a three-year term. He has held
the post since April 1996.
Brett Hinsley, 39, was appointed to
fill the unexpired term as business man-
“It’s time for some new blood to step
in,” said Temple from his new home in
Ocean View, Wash. “It’s a good time to
leave. Work is good, all of our contracts
are in place and the local is in good
shape. We have a lot of good, young
people in our local and it time for them
to see what they can do.”
Temple is an Oregon native. He
graduated from Centennial High
School, served three years in the Army,
and returned to join the Cement Ma-
sons’ apprenticeship program.
“I’ve pushed a wheelbarrow since I
was 13,” said Temple, whose late father,
Charles, was a 37-year member of Lo-
Temple didn’t get active in the union
until the mid-’80s. He moved his union
book to Hawaii, where he worked in the
trades for eight years. After returning to
the Portland local he worked briefly as
the apprenticeship coordinator, then as a
business agent for former Business
Manager Cliff Puckett.
Puckett was defeated in his race for
the office in 1993 and three years later
Temple successfully ran for the top
joint apprenticeship training committee,
the NW Conference Committee and the
Construction Industry Drug-Free Work-
Prior to joining the Cement Masons,
Bruce Temple (center) shares a laugh with Cement Masons International
Representative Del French and Norm Burr of the Small Contractors
Association. Temple retired May 31 as business manager of Cement Masons
Local 555. He has been a member of the union for 35 years, and has served
as business manager since April 1996.
Temple and his wife, Sue, have been
married for 40 years.
Temple said the opening of the
trowel trades office building and train-
ing center in August 2000 in Northeast
Portland was a top achievement, along
with a national reciprocity agreement
with contractors, which allows cement
masons to travel for work while keep-
ing pension and health and welfare con-
tributions with their home locals.
Local 555 represents approximately
750 cement masons and retirees. It has
45 people in its apprenticeship program.
Brett Hinsley was appointed by the
union’s Executive Board to fill the un-
expired term as business manager. He
has been working as a business agent at
the union since May 2005.
Hinsley, also a graduate of the Ce-
ment Masons’ apprenticeship program,
has been a member of the union for
nearly eight years. He has served two
terms on the Executive Board and as a
trustee on the health and welfare and
pension trusts, and has served on the
Hinsley was a member of Laborers Lo-
cals 320 and 483, where he worked at the
Port of Portland. A graduate of Jeffer-
son High School in North Portland,
Hinsley is married and has four children.
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