June 2020


Update from EST Evelyn Shapiro

The civil unrest in the last month has weighed heavily on us. Northwest Carpenters Union stands to uphold principles of fairness and equity for all workers. Our focus is to build up our communities. This work has involved negotiating diversity requirements into public projects, recruitment campaigns in the BIPOC community, establishing a Harassment & Discrimination Committee, training staff on diversity and inclusion, becoming a sanctuary organization, and taking a strong stance against hate groups. 

We stand for justice. We want our job sites to reflect the communities that they exist in. To do so, we realize that we have to be accountable for the change that we want for our industry. On Juneteenth 2020, the Northwest Carpenters Union Executive Committee (elected representatives from each Local Union) voted unanimously to adopt a resolution in support of the Black Lives Matter movement

These are the first steps of many to come. Read EST Evelyn Shapiro’s statement on racism in the construction industry, and the importance of having this conversation here, and now. 


The Future of Healthcare Construction
ICRA is becoming the standard in hospital remodels. Time to get trained up.

Safety in the Heat of the Summer
Brush up on these safety tips for working in the heat.

Pride in Ourselves, Pride in Our Craft
Showcasing their support of the LGBTQ+ community and their pride as Union Carpenters, our Brothers and Sisters celebrate the diversity of our trade.

All in the Family: An Homage to Carpenter Dads
In honor of Father’s Day, we interviewed a few generations of career carpenters.

Training Center Updates
This summer, all of our training centers are open and back to business after adapting to new norms.

UBC Job Corps Program Goes Online
Like our training centers region-wide, much of our Job Corps program has been converted online.

A “Quick” Guide to the UBC
The UBC structure can seem complicated. We try to break it down in this “quick” guide.

Labor Film Watchlist
Looking for some good content to watch? We have added to our list of free-to-stream labor films.

Thank you to everyone that has participated
The winning local who turned in the most masks will be announced at the August Delegate Meeting.

Still have masks to turn in? Reach out to Pedro Espinoza at (206) 321.8267 or pespinoza@nwcarpenters.org

Did You Know?

Carpenters skills and training go beyond the job site.

The Journeyman Leadership Program is a three day program geared towards developing the strong qualities of members on the job and in their lives – leadership, communication, mentoring and collective action. Members learn where the UBC came from and where its headed, and, importantly, how to lead it. Learn More


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