About Baker Interiors Systems
Will Baker, owner and founder of Baker Interior Systems in Des Moines knows what being Union is all about. He started his career in construction the day he graduated high school as a drywall carpenter with a Union Interior Systems contractor. At 21, he moved to… Read More
About S.T. Cotter
Shawn Cotter, member of Millwrights Local 548, is the owner and business manager of S.T. Cotter Turbine Services, Inc., a union contractor since its beginnings in 2007. Shawn has been a member of Local 548 since 1991. He is a fourth-generation millwright and a second-generation union contractor.… Read More
Carpenters Locals 1260 and 308 raised $4,000 for the Muscular Dystrophy Association at the annual Union Bowl Challenge held on March 25 in Waterloo, IA. The annual bowling fundraiser is organized by the Black Hawk Labor Council and is a competition between locals in Waterloo and Cedar Rapids to see… Read More
For the past 30 years, Carpenters Local 308 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, has served pancakes and sausages to hungry attendees of the Hartman Reserve Nature Center’s annual Maple Syrup Festival. Each year a dozen members of the Local volunteer one morning of the festival. Despite a slow start due to… Read More
Tony Bachtell is a floor coverer and member of Local 344 in Pewaukee, Wisconsin. Tony led a team of 13 individuals on a mission trip to Hogar de Vida in San Andres Sachjabaja, Guatemala, in November 2017. Hogar de Vida is a children’s home located deep in the mountains of… Read More
“Why I am proud to be a union member” – Chris Meis, Local 106, Des Moines, IA
I will never be a millionaire, but I have never gone hungry, either.
I have repeated this statement many times throughout my career as a union carpenter. At times I have become emotional… Read More
2017 Labor Day Parade and Picnic: Arrive between 9AM-10AM. Parade starts at 11AM: Meet at NE corner of the State Capitol (E 13th & Des Moines St.)
Free shuttles available for rides back to vehicles.
Picnic: Immediately following the parade at Labor Park (Multiple… Read More
In mid-April, 14 Girl Scouts from Troop 8551 worked towards their Journey Badge at the Southeast Wisconsin Carpentry Training Center in Pewaukee, Wis. The Scouts worked in groups building three bat boxes. Bat boxes provide bats a safe, warm place to raise their young, and the Scouts plan to donate… Read More
Tiny homes are finally being put into place in Racine, Wis. Members of Carpenters Local 161 in Kenosha, Wis., have partnered with Veterans Outreach of Wisconsin throughout the last year to help build the James A. Peterson Veterans village, a community that provides transitional housing for veterans, in Racine. On… Read More
Carpenters Locals 427 and 1306 members and volunteers spent two days in January assisting Boy Scouts and their siblings crafting Pinewood Derby cars from conception through testing. Six stations were set up for each Scout to work through: planning, cutting, shaping, weights, paint, and wheels.
The process took two hours… Read More