Meet the newest NWCU representatives working across our six-state council.
Representatives serve a key role in executing our mission to protect working families, serve the membership, enforce collective bargaining agreements, organize labor, and expand our market share. Representatives are responsible for organizing both internally and externally with a focus on job security, fair pay, benefits, and equal treatment. Our work serving tens of thousands of members across the Northwest Carpenters Union would not be possible without our talented and dedicated Representatives and Representatives-in-Training.
The Union changed my life the way that it afforded me the opportunity to support my family and have my wife raise our kids as a stay home mom. It has treated me well over the years and I look forward to doing my best to make our union as strong as ever.
The Union has changed my life by giving me, as a Hispanic woman, an opportunity at learning the most resourceful trade that I’m very passionate about, and also, the chance to make a livable income to provide for my four children with amazing benefits.
I was looking for a better way of life and a better future [when I joined the union]. I wanted more than a job. I was looking for a family of sorts in my career.
Idaho Falls, ID
Open your mind. There is so much to offer and so many experiences in the Carpenters Union.
“Progress occurs when courageous, skillful leaders seize the opportunity to change things for the better.”
-Harry S. Truman
The Union has changed my life in numerous ways. The better pay has allowed me to provide a better life for my family from sports to vacations. The training has allowed me to reach my personal goals in the field. And the benefits have allowed me to make sure my children are well taken care of, and I have a great future to look forward to when I retire.
“It ain’t what you don’t know that gets you into trouble, It’s what you know for sure that just ain’t so.”
Go to your Local monthly general membership meeting! The strength of our union depends on the participation of our members. Going to your monthly meeting is the single best place to get involved. Remember, you ARE the union!
The advice I would give to a new member is to be 15 minutes early to work. Work hard and be open to direction and learning. If you get laid off don’t be angry and don’t burn bridges. You will most certainly work for that contractor again. Be involved in your local. It is important that your voice be heard by the membership. Stand back at the end of the day and try to appreciate what you have built. After all, you are building America!
Always remain humble and constantly strive to be a better person, don’t be scared to step out of your comfort zone to follow your dreams.
“If you want to go fast, go alone;
if you want to go far, go together.”
“Where trade unions are most firmly organized, there are the rights of the people most respected.”
Hello Everyone, joining the carpenters union as an apprentice was the best decision I ever made. It was the foundation that I needed. The bonds and relationships developed in the field with all the brothers and sisters last a lifetime. I am proud and honored to be a journeyman carpenter!
Port Angeles, WA
Gain as much knowledge as possible. This includes both trade-related training and knowledge obtained outside of our craft. Critical thinking is a valuable tool that takes an open mind.
The Union has allowed me an amazing opportunity to not only provide for my family, but join a far larger one. I have never experienced a group of men and women who truly care about my well being without knowing much about me. The Union has given me Brothers and Sisters who have taught and fought, laughed and cried, asked for help and given support. When I joined the Union I was just looking for a job, and I found much, much more.
“Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die, life is a
broken-winged bird that cannot fly.”
Treat everyone with the same love and respect you would hope to be treated with.