COVID-19 Updates

Safety concerns on the job?
Contact us at (877) 284-7936 or COVID19@nwcarpenters.org

Updated March 25, 2020 9:35pm

Brothers and Sisters,

We know that our communities and members are wondering what’s next as we navigate the best ways to respond to COVID-19. As we navigate the impacts of this virus, the NW Carpenters Union team will advocate for you, coordinate with employers to share best practices for a safe workplace, coordinate with benefit and training plans, and do our own part to reduce exposure and expansion of the virus. 

We are providing this reference page as a resource with links to unemployment insurance, state Health department updates, and COVID-19 information from federal agencies. Our staff will help you find the resources to answer your questions. Regional Council staff are not virus experts, but we will do everything we can to assist. 

Your union is here for you and we will work as your partner as we all learn to navigate this new reality. We are working hard on your behalf. Together we will get through this. 

Stay safe brothers and sisters. 

In solidarity,

Evelyn Shapiro
Executive Secretary-Treasurer (principal officer)


The union’s COVID 19 Response guiding principles: 

  • Adopt a social responsibility mindset. Everyone is experiencing the same new information and uncertainty. By remaining calm and helpful, we can assist each other in problem-solving.
  • Be optimistic. We are all in this together and together we will find a way forward.
  • Show support for each other. This is an important time for resource sharing. Have a question? We are here to help. 

Union Representation, Locals, Benefits, Training

Union Representation

Council Staffing Update as of March 19, 2020

Our dispatching team is actively dispatching, our representatives continue to visit job sites and are available by phone, and you can contact our offices as usual; messages will be returned.

  • The council is a large employer and we are following state and federal guidelines to reduce virus transmission and expansion in the workplace, by our own staff. 
  • We will continue to provide all forms of service and support to our members. 
  • Representatives will continue to make job site visits (prioritizing union job sites) until further notice. 
  • Representatives and administrative staff will continue to take calls from members and respond to job site issues.

Contractors The Regional Council is dedicated to the safety of our 29,000 members and their families. The Council has sent out the following letter to all signatory contractors.

New Membership Temperature Guidelines (March 23, 2020)
Please see this important memo regarding on site temperature scanning

Communications from Contractors
The AGC or Oregon has released some construction industry best practices for its contractors. There are some good ideas. Check it out.

The AGC of Washington has created a COVID-19 response page. Click here to check it out

Locals are currently adopting policies to mitigate the virus. Please stay in contact with your local union if you plan on attending a meeting or going to the union hall. Most locals offer dues payment over the phone and online. Some areas are not as hard hit and will be conducting shortened meetings, some will not. 

Benefits Offices: As of March 19, 2020 all Trust offices are conducting business. Contact information can be found to the right. William C Earhart and the Bledsoe Trust have closed offices to walk ins, but are available via phone and email.

Training Centers are currently adopting policies and decisions on closures and virus mitigation. Official communications and announcements will role out shortly, however NWCI and PNCI will close for at least the next few weeks. 


Carpenters Healthcare Trust Updates
Carpenters Trusts will be sending out updates on coverage of COVID-19 related testing and illness. We will do our best to update them here as well.


Is there any good news?

  • It is likely that if we work hard we could reduce the spread of the virus.
  • You are surrounded by people that care about you and your well-being.
  • Your union community is working hard for you, however we can. 

    Remember- just because you are isolated, does not mean you are alone.

RESOURCES
Last updated: March 27, 2020 at 12:30pm

Staying safe and healthy
CDC’s tips on staying safe during COVID-19

Federal

Families First Coronavirus Relief Bill

Washington Post Coronavirus stimulus calculator

OSHA page on COVID-19
OSHA page on Hazard Recognition

WASHINGTON
Washington State Employment Security Department

Washington State Department of Health
2019 Novel Coronavirus Outbreak (COVID-19)

Financial assistance updated 3/25/20

ANEW: WA state financial assistance for apprentices

WA State Labor Council’s Foundation for Working Families


OREGON
Oregon Employment Department

Oregon Health Authority
Novel Coronavirus Updates (COVID-19)

Montana
Department of Labor & Industries


ALASKA
Alaska Department of Health and Social Services
COVID-19: Situation overview


IDAHO
Idaho State
Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)


MONTANA
Montana State
Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) 


WYOMING
Wyoming Department of Health
Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)


ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

211.org Financial assistance resource (call or visit to find local information)

Most schools still provide lunches to kids. Check your school district for availability

How to Cope with Anxiety About Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention COVID-19 Page

L&I Common Questions


Contact your Trust

Carpenters Trusts Benefit Information

Oregon & SW Washington Carpenters Trust William C Earhart Co, Inc

Carpenters Trusts of Western Washington (Also E. WA, Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming)

Alaska Carpenters Trust Funds

Bledsoe Health Trust


Did You Know?

UBC emblem and motto.

The official emblem of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America was adopted at the Fourth General Convention in Cincinnati, Ohio, August 1884. The motto inscribed therein, “Labor Omnia Vincit,” translated from Latin means “Labor Conquers All Things.” Learn More

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