July 2020

GRIT NEWSLETTER

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GRIT FEATURE STORIES

Building Equality Within Our Union
How do you change for the better? Why not ask Jason Downard, a former neo-Nazi who has turned away from tearing people down, to building them up. 
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How the BLM Movement Impacts Our Union
While unions have become a battleground for breaking down racial inequalities, we still have work to do. We spoke with one member who shared her hardship within the industry with us.  
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A Growing Demand for Skilled Carpenters in Hospital Construction|
The United Brotherhood of Carpenters is ramping up efforts to capture the hospital construction market. Learn how you can be a part of this growth with the continuing education that is available to you as a member of the union.
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The Journey to Joining and Retiring Union
Joining the union didn’t happen overnight for Dan Helmer, but he was grateful to become a part of it and teach others before retiring. 
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Training Center Updates
Our apprenticeship programs are open and back to business after adapting to new norms. Read on for the latest updates in training.
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Role of the Delegate
Have you ever wondered what a Regional Council delegate does? Or how they got the position? Maybe you’ve thought of running yourself. Click for more information on what it takes to become a Northwest Carpenters Union delegate. 
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Tips to Empower You on the Job Site
Work should build you up, not tear you down. When harassment and discrimination happen on the job, your environment can become unhealthy, unproductive, and unsafe. Check out these tips to empower you on your job site. 
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Understanding Our Trusts
You have probably heard the phrase “multi-employer pension” or “health and welfare plan.” We break down how our union benefit plans work. 
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LABOR LINKS

Essential Workers are on Strike for Black Lives
Workers have been activated by the toll of the pandemic and the massive uprisings against racial injustice and police violence across the country to bring together major unions as well as grassroots organizers. 
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Labor Film Watchlist
Looking for some good content to watch? We have added to our list of free to stream labor films.
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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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