Building the next generation of union carpenters
Walter Hofner, retired Local 1382 carpenter from Rochester, Minn., lives by a simple philosophy: Help everyone you can.
“That’s part of your job when you’re running jobs — to help. Not just to tell people I want this done or that done,” Walter… Read More
Before he was a carpenter apprentice with Local 308 in Cedar Rapids, IA, Dedric Ward spent nearly a decade playing professional football. Each year Dedric uses his leadership and football skills he learned in the NFL to hold a free football camp for kids in and around the Cedar Rapids… Read More
Making a difference at Maker Faire
Members of NCSRCC came together the first weekend of June not only to build coffee tables for families in need, but also to give kids real-life experience creating something with their hands.
The Carpenters Union participated in the Minneapolis/St. Paul Mini Maker Faire at… Read More
Byron Bobb: Union & Railroad Ties Fuel Lifelong Hobby
Nestled in Eau Claire, Wisconsin’s, Carson Park between Halfmoon Lake and the Eau Claire Express baseball stadium, the Chippewa Valley Railroad Association (CVRA) turns back the clock to a time when America thrived on steam and steel ties. The railroad is… Read More
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