Remembering Aida


On February 27th, we lost a dear member of Oregon Tradeswomen’s community. Aida Aranda was a strong force, an inspiring person, and a growing leader.

As a 25-year member of LiUNA and Local 737, Aida knew firsthand how important construction careers are for individuals, families, and entire communities. She also knew that these careers were critical for women looking to build a better life. Aida was dedicated to mentoring women coming up in the trades while also working as a Dispatcher for LiUNA Local 296, Apprenticeship Coordinator for the Oregon Southern Idaho Laborers-Employers Training Trust (OSILETT), Market Representative for the Northwest Regional Organizing Coalition (NROC), and eventually as the Training Director of the OSILETT. Aida also served on Oregon Tradeswomen’s Board of Directors for many years and was heavily involved in our current laborers-focused pre-apprenticeship training in The Dalles. These are only a fraction of the many ways Aida was involved in the labor and tradeswoman movements.

Oregon Tradeswomen mourns this deep loss with her family, friends, and extended communities spanning from the Oregon and Southern Idaho Laborers Employers Training Trust to the Oregon AFL-CIO, where she was elected as an officer in December of 2022.

We encourage everyone who knew and loved Aida to embody her passion for defending worker’s rights and support women who are paving their way into the skilled trades. If you have any photos, videos, and/or memories of Aida, we encourage you to share them with her community online. To honor Aida’s legacy, you are invited to join her extended community at her celebration of life.

Celebration of Life for Aida Aranda

Saturday March 25th, 2023
11:00 am to 2:00 pm

Oregon & S. Idaho Laborers’ Training Center & Campus
17242 NE Sacramento St.
Portland, Oregon

To help the hosts plan accordingly, please complete the following RSVP by March 22, 2023.

For those wishing to send flowers, please send to:

OR & S. Idaho Laborers Training Trust
17242 NE Sacramento St.
Portland, OR 97230

For those who would like to contribute a donation in honor of Aida,

Please make checks payable to the “Aida Aranda Benevolence Fund” and mail to:

OR & S. Idaho District Council of Laborers
17230 NE Sacramento St., Suite 201
Portland OR 97230

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