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Health & Welfare

Carpenters Union Members have access to Health, Dental, Vision, and Life Insurance plans.  These plans also include Prescription Drug coverage, and Short Term & Long Term Disability coverage.

*Health & Welfare coverage is a Fringe Benefit paid by your employing Contractor

       * Coverage begins after you accrue $3,200 in a quarter (paid in by your Contractor)

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Carpenters Union Members receive two types of Pension packages.

     *Pension - Defined Benefit Pension

     *Pension Annuity - Defined Contribution Pension


Both of these are Fringe Benefits paid by your employing Contractor and both retirement plans offer members a lifetime of benefits to reflect the hard work they put into each job and the dedication they've shown to the trade.



Job Training

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Carpenters Training Institute

Five Rivers Campus

Apprenticeship Training

          Enroll in the Apprenticeship Program and EARN While You LEARN

     The 5 Rivers JATC is located in Cedar Rapids, IA.  You will train with Professional Carpenters during week long classes and then go back to work with a Union Contractor to get On The Job Training experience.

     Carpenters Apprenticeships typically take 4 years, with 1 week long class scheduled approximately every 3 months.

Working alongside professional contractors, you'll gain in-depth knowledge about general carpentry, cabinetry and scaffolding. The apprenticeship program:

  • Addresses scaffold safety regulations, procedures and techniques

  • Certifies apprentices in first aid, automated external defibrillator (AED) and CPR

  • Focuses on workplace hazards, worker's rights and Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) standards

  • Equips members with a working knowledge of proper rigging, signaling, lifting and loading techniques

  • Concentrates on health care construction practices and infection control risk assessments

Contact us today to find out how to join the growing number of Union Carpenters.

Journeymen Upgrade Classes

     Start Taking Your Carpentry Education Seriously

All Journeymen Carpenters in Good Standing can take the "Skilled Advancement Classes" available at the Carpenters Training Institute - Five Rivers Campus.  They offer a variety of skills, including:

  • Scaffold 40

  • OSHA 30

  • First Aid, CPR & AED

  • Acoustical Ceilings

  • Aerial Lift & Fork Truck

  • Construction Fall Protection

  • Construction Master Pro Calculator

  • Doors Hardware

  • Hazard Communication & Chemical Safety

  • ICRA (Best Practices)

  • Total Station

  • Solid Surface Installer

  • Rigging & Signaling Class


Classes are free for Union members, and night classes are available.  Whether you want to acquire a new skill or just need a refresher course,  the link above gives a list of what classes are currently on schedule.  Contact Carpenters Training Institute - Five Rivers Campus at 319-365-9519 to check on availability of classes.


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