Carpenters Union benefits are among the best in the industry. They are established through collective bargaining between union and management representatives and administered by Trustees equally representing both sides. For every hour a carpenter works, employers contribute specified amounts to cover their benefits. Employers also contribute to industry improvement through apprentice and journey level upgrade training and safety programs.
Our members enjoy wages, working conditions and benefits that allow them to provide a decent life for themselves and their families. We are committed to bringing the benefits of union membership to carpenters throughout New England.
The Carpenters Health Benefits Funds are employer-paid plans that provide family coverage to all members who meet semi-annual qualifying requirements. Health Benefits include medical, dental, prescription drug, vision, accident and sickness coverage, and life insurance.
The Carpenters Annuity Funds provide supplemental retirement income for participating carpenters. Each plan is an individual account to which employers make contributions for each hour that a participant works. Typically, as a member you may not access your account until you retire or have left the Plan for 24 consecutive months or become totally and permanently disabled. However, if you’ve had an account for at least 12 months, you may be eligible to take out a loan for up to 50% of the balance in certain circumstances.
The Carpenters Pension Funds provide a monthly benefit to you once you retire to help supplement your Social Security, personal savings and annuity benefits. As a participant you can earn a retirement benefit that will provide you with a monthly income when you stop working at retirement age, or sooner if you retire with a service pension or stop working due to a disability. This benefit is based on contributions made to the Pension Fund by your employer on your behalf.
For area-specific benefits information, click on the links below:
Eastern MA Carpenters:
Carpenters Care is open and accepting new patients! The New England Carpenters Benefit Funds & Iora Health have partnered to offer you a new primary care doctor's office. We offer a completely different approach to primary care for you and your family members (age 18+). We take time to learn about your goals, discuss your priorities and build a plan with you to achieve objectives that are right for you. Visit CarpentersCare.com to learn more!
Dave Bryson, Local 26
Dave Bryson speaks about retirement. "It's been my career. I'm getting a few years away from retirement still, but I see retirement as an option, where I have some friends that are not union and they have no option, they have no plan for what happens when they're 55 or 60."