Building a Better Union
Change is constant. Even in the construction industry, where individual crafts workers as well as business owners will point to “the way we’ve always done things,” there is no doubt tremendous changes have come in waves.
So how does a union that has been operating within that industry for more than 130 years make sure it preserves its historical role while staying relevant at the same time? By taking advantage of its most valuable resource: union members.
From the early days when P.J. McGuire began organizing carpenters in a process that would lead to the founding of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters, a key ingredient to the success of the union has been member involvement. The basic philosophy of unionism is that individuals working together can achieve more for all than each working alone.
We are leveraging our 130-year history to prepare for tomorrow by training, educating, and representing the next generation of construction professionals. The Carpenters Union is an organization that can thrive only when members are involved. Members are encouraged to play an active role in their union and to participate in the wide range of training opportunities available at no cost to the individual member.
Joe Rapoza, Local 108
Helping Hammers: Hardhats Against Hunger
John Costello has been a member of Carpenters Local 624 since 1983 and has been a steward for most of his career. He is a very proud and active member of his Local. His most recent endeavor is the Hardhats for Hunger food drive he helped organize on a jobsite in Bridgewater, MA. John teamed up with a member of Pipefitters Local 51, Tom Grant, to organize a food drive on the Weygand Hall dormitory project on the campus of Bridgewater State University. They started the drive after the Thanksgiving holiday with the goal of delivering food to a local food pantry, St. Vincent de Paul Society located at St. Thomas Aquinas Church in Bridgewater, just days before Christmas. John saw the organization of the food drive as a way to give back to the community he has worked in for so many years.