What Are the Carpenters' Unions in California?


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The carpenters' unions in California are Southwest Regional Council of Carpenters and Northern California Regional Carpenters Council. These are the California regional councils of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters.

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The United Brotherhood of Carpenters, the parent union of the California carpenters' unions, was established in 1881 to protect the interest of carpenters and ensure fair wages and safe working conditions. UBC is one of the largest trade unions in North America with nearly a half-million members. The union represents general carpenters, interior carpenters, framing and residential carpenters, millwrights, lathers, pile drivers, floor coverers, millworkers and cabinet makers.

To qualify for union membership, one must train and complete an apprenticeship. The Carpenters Training Committee for Northern California provides training and apprenticeships for carpenters in California's 48 northern counties. The Southwest Carpenters Training Fund provides training for carpenters in the southern counties of California. Applicants must be 18 years of age or older, with a high school diploma or GED.

The apprenticeships are tuition-free, paid training programs with health and medical benefits. The training programs are two-to-four years long, and trainees are eligible to receive raises during the course of the program. Trainees also earn college credit during their apprenticeships which can be applied towards earning an associate degree.

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