Apprentices volunteer at the African American Museum of Iowa
Instructors with the Five Rivers Carpenters JACTC were approached by the African American Museum of Iowa, located in Cedar Rapids, IA, to help prepare an area of the museum for a new exhibit. The museum needed a number of display boxes… 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
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
“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
Floods in Cedar Rapids, IA, are forcing hundreds of local businesses and homeowners to evacuate the city. Flooding is expected to crest at 23 feet Tuesday, September 27. A 2008 flood that crested at 31 feet caught the town completely unprepared and cost billions in repairs.
“This is the most… Read More
Members of Locals 308 and 1260 raised funds for the Muscular Dystrophy Association by bowling at an annual event held March 6. Local 1260 fielded two teams and Local 308 sponsored one. The event was held at the Westdale Bowling Center in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. The Hawkeye Labor Council is… Read More
March 19, 2016 – Members of Local 308 cooked pancakes and sausages for the 33rd Annual Maple Syrup Festival, at Indian Creek Nature Center in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. The festival featured syrup making demonstrations, live music and a pancake and sausage breakfast with syrup that was handcrafted right at the… Read More
Approximately 100 people participated in Local 106’s Easter Egg hunt held Saturday, March 26, at Union Labor Park in Des Moines, Iowa. The event was sponsored by the Local’s Apprentice Committee and was open to the surrounding community. The Local plans to hold this event again next year, with even… Read More