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.
Lyle Hamm, Local 33
A Safe Home for Sydni
As carpenters worked on a volunteer project in South Boston, they added much more than square footage to the cramped space of a three-decker: more importantly, they gave a young girl room to grow and gain independence. They gave her family space to spend time in together. Sydni Pecevich was diagnosed with a grapefruit-sized malignant brain tumor when she was just two months old. She had nine months of chemotherapy and eighteen surgeries in her first two years of life. She is now eight years old, and although cancer-free, she was left with disabilities that require 24-hour supervision. As Sydni got older it became apparent that the tight quarters of her family’s home was not able to accommodate all of her needs. The Carpenters Union, along with other Building Trades volunteers, stepped up in a big way to help transform Sydni's home into a space for her and her siblings to grow.