Chicago Regional Council
Why Choose Union Membership?
The benefits of being a Union Cabinetmaker/Millworker/Exhibit
Builder or Industrial worker are countless, but we will cover the basics.
- Collective Bargaining Agreement: (CBA or contract)
A CBA spells out the hours of work, terms and conditions of employment,
it provides for a grievance and arbitration procedure and so much more.
- Wages: A contract establishes wage rates for the
term (length) of the Agreement as well as for the different types of
work done. Some higher skilled jobs deserve higher pay. This and other
types of considerations are all spelled out in the contract. You know
that on a specified date you will receive a wage increase and the amount
of such increase.
- Healthcare: The CBA either spells out the healthcare
coverage, or references the SPD (summary plan description) or policy
which gives you in detail what you benefit coverage is. The CBA restricts
the employer from changing coverage without at least discussing any
- Vacation and Holidays: Many people don’t realize
it, but if it were not for Unions we probably would not have vacations
or holidays. Your CBA establishes how vacation time and holidays accrue
and the guidelines for them.
- Retirement: The Collective Bargaining Agreements
provide that money be placed into an approved Pension Plan or Retirement
Savings Plan in the name of the member. If it is the Carpenters Mill
Pension Plan members with just five years of service become vested in
- Training: Not only does the Union provide in initial
pre-apprentice training which covers construction math, blueprint reading,
safety training and other basic work practices. It also provides a four
year comprehensive Federally approved training curriculum that will
enable you to become the highly skilled journey person that today’s
designs and technology demand. (click on careers
for additional info). Once you have completed your apprenticeship and
become a Journeyperson, the training doesn’t stop there. The Union
(and our signatory employers) provide for continuing education. Once
you are a member you will automatically receive our booklet offering
hundreds of skill advancement classes which are basically free to you
as a Union Member.
- Placement: It doesn’t stop there. As a Union
Member, you will have access to a Union-provided referral service for
employment. If you get laid off, want to get closer to home or simply
want to make a change, your Local and your servicing Business Representative
are your source for a smooth transition.
Hopefully you get the idea. Union is the way to go if woodworking is
your chosen career or if you think it is the career path for you. Numerous
doors are open when you become a Union Cabinetmaker/Millworker/Exhibit
Builder or Industrial (Shop) worker.
If you are looking for a CAREER that will allow you to support a family,
receive great benefits and enjoy your retirement, contact us to find out more.