Community Opportunity | CCA METRO
UNION MEMBERSHIP

Union carpenters proudly represent the diversity of the New York City metropolitan area. We actively recruit from local communities to find new entry level employees for apprenticeships and carpenters with experience who want to become union members.

Equal opportunity is about providing access to employment and providing individuals with the training and skills to pursue long-term careers with upward mobility, good wages, healthcare and retirement security. Union carpenters and contractors do this. The nonunion sector of the industry does not.

APPRENTICESHIPS

Union apprenticeships are where 1,500 entry level carpenters are trained in the classroom and on-the-job to work safely and hone their skills. Our apprentices are the future of the industry and we are proud of the local and diverse opportunity they represent.

Union Carpenter Apprentices
  • 67% live in New York City
  • 61% are African American, Hispanic, Asian and other minorities

For more information, please visit:
New York City District Council of Carpenters Training Center website.

APPRENTICESHIPS
BUILDING WORKS

BuildingWorks is a pre-apprenticeship training program housed at the NYC Carpenters Training Center.

Since 1995, the program has served over 1,000 residents from low-income communities in the New York City and Newark, NJ areas. The training prepares individuals for careers in the skilled trades and entry into union apprenticeship programs.

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CONSTRUCTION SKILLS

The skills involved in creating New York City’s breathtaking skyline and infrastructure require the best-trained, safest construction professionals in the world. Since 2001, The Edward J. Malloy Initiative for Construction Skills, Inc. has provided the training and access to lucrative careers available in the unionized construction industry through apprenticeship programs.

A nationally recognized model for addressing training and employment issues in the industry, Construction Skills empowers individuals while strengthening New York City’s middle class. With an outstanding rate of success (including a retention rate of over 80%), Construction Skills has produced a stronger, more diverse workforce with African-Americans, Hispanics and Asian-Americans representing the majority of new union members in the industry.

More than 400 public high school graduates and other residents of the five boroughs have been placed into union carpenter apprenticeships by Construction Skills, including 140 who have graduated to become journey persons. Visit Website
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NYC HELMETS TO HARDHATS

Helmets to Hardhats is a national, nonprofit program that helps National Guard, Reserve, retired and transitioning active-duty military service members successfully transition back into civilian life by providing training and career opportunities in the construction industry.

All participating trade organizations conduct three to five year earn-while-you-learn apprenticeship training programs that teach service members everything they need to know to become specialized construction industry professionals.

More than 300 veterans of the U.S. Armed Services have become union carpenters through the New York City Helmets to Hardhats program.

In 2007, Helmets to Hardhats supplemented its existing program with a disabled American veteran program known as the “Wounded Warrior” program, which connects disabled veterans with employment opportunities in the construction industry and related fields.

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APPRENTICESHIPS
NONTRADITIONAL EMPLOYMENT FOR WOMEN

Since 1978, Nontraditional Employment for Women (NEW) has prepared, trained, and placed low-income women in the skilled construction, utility, and maintenance trades.

With coordinated efforts between NEW, labor unions, contractors and government to place women in 10 percent of all new apprenticeship slots, the number of women construction workers in New York City has grown substantially. Nearly 500 women from NEW have been placed into union carpenter apprenticeships.

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PROVISIONAL CARPENTERS

The New York City District Council of Carpenters responded to the challenge of bringing carpenters with experience from local communities into union membership by creating the provisional carpenter classification.

There are now 650 provisional carpenters earning middle class wages and benefits with access to skill and safety training. They are on a track for opportunities to become journeypersons and leaders in the industry.

Provisional Union Carpenters
  • 78% live in New York City
  • 90% are African American, Hispanic, Asian and other minorities

Union carpenters and contractors are proud of this exciting model for expanding local and diverse employment opportunity.

MWBEs

Minority and women business enterprises (MWBEs) are a key component of union carpenters’ and contractors’ commitment to opportunity and diversity.

We are proud of our contractors certified as MWBEs with government agencies. See a directory of our MWBEs here.

What separates union MWBEs from the pack is their full commitment to opportunity and diversity in construction — not just for minority and women owned business growth, but employment for minorities and women with the good wages and benefits that are essential to strengthening local communities.

GIVING BACK

Philanthropy and volunteering for worthy causes in the communities in which we live, work and do business are important values of union carpenters and contractors.

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NYC District Council of Carpenters Volunteers - Rebuilding Puerto Rico
Heart 9/11 (Healing Emergency Aid Response Team 9/11) has been sending volunteer teams to assist in rebuilding communities throughout Puerto Rico since Hurricane Maria’s devastation. Union carpenters from the NYC District Council of Carpenters have worked together with local first responders to assist in rebuilding homes, repairing roofs and restoring communities throughout the island.
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GREATER NEW YORK FLOOR COVERERS AND FRANCIS J.P. MCHALE SCHOLARSHIP AWARDS
For more than 30 years, the Greater New York Floor Coverers Industry Promotional Fund Scholarship Award and the Francis J.P. McHale Scholarship Award have helped deserving young men and women pursue their higher education and career aspirations.
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FRIENDS OF ST. DOMINIC'S
We are proud to support the 2019 Business and Labor Awards dinner that raised $1.3 million for Saint Dominic’s Family Services! St. Dominic’s is a 140-year old organization committed to educational and social services in the Bronx, Rockland and Orange Counties. To learn more about the organization, and how you can support it, visit their website at http://www.sdfs.org.
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BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA, GREATER NEW YORK COUNCILS
The Construction and Transportation Good Scout Award Luncheon benefits an American institution -- the Boy Scouts of America. Union carpenters and contractors have been proud to support this event for more than 60 years, including on April 12, 2019, when CCA Metro Executive Director Paul Fernandes was among the honorees.
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New York City District Council of Carpenters Kids Workshops
Carpenters Kids Workshops are sponsored periodically throughout the year by the Carpenters Training Center. Our instructors cater these fun and educational events to elementary and middle school age children, with light building and assembly projects to introduce youth to carpentry skills.
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Jared Allen's Homes for Wounded Warriors
The New York City District Council of Carpenters partnered with Jared Allen's Homes for Wounded Warriors for its 5th annual Charity Golf Outing to provide suitable living arrangements for returning veterans. This year, the charity event raised $325,000, bringing the total donated to $1,000,000 over the past five years.
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