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Across our region, the carpenter experience is very different right now. We are hearing the full range. From carpenters unable to work because of closures. To carpenters working twelve-hour shifts, seven days a week to keep up with the medical need for Infection Control Risk Assessment (ICRA) health care construction. Continue on to read a few carpenter thoughts on work and life during this unprecedented time in history.


Q: How has your work been impacted by the pandemic?


Wyatt Vigil, LU 129
Sixth Term Apprentice

Twenty minutes after I was laid off at a Turner Construction job I got a call to go to work on a Howard S Wright project. I showed up with my bags and the superintendent was standing at the gate, “You’re on the clock,” he said.

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Elmer Nanquilada, LU 30
Journey level

Nothing is going on in King and Pierce County with my company–Hoffman Structures. I like to stick with one company to be loyal. The company sends me around where needed. My last job was mid-March, I was bouncing around projects waiting for the Shoreline, Washington Einstein Middle School project. The coronavirus stopped that, so they laid me off.

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Sloan Duncan, LU 59
Journey level

I am currently working for Bouten Construction on a new orthopedic clinic in Spokane, Washington. Bouten is taking more precautions since the pandemic started. We sign in and out so we know who is on the job site. If someone tests positive for the virus, we can quickly alert any workers that were there at the same time. They are supplying everyone with face masks.

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Have you completed the COVID-19 or ICRA Awareness courses with the Carpenters International Training Fund (CITF)?
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Did You Know?

UBC started on job sites across the country.

Our founding president, Peter J. McGuire worked tirelessly on the job sites across the country with his fellow Carpenters to organize the union. In 1881, he organized a Chicago convention to form a union. Representatives from 11 cities joined him and they produced a constitution and structure. Learn More

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