Since its founding in 2008, the Carpenters in Action (CIA) program has worked alongside the Organizing Department in the daily fight for Carpenters throughout Northern California. Whether speaking at City Hall or joining everyday campaigns, members of the CIA are involved with the fight for Carpenter issues.
These campaigns have generated billions of dollars worth of work generating countless work hours for the membership and have led to the successful organizing of major contractors. Rank-and-file participation at the Local Union level has been a key element to our collective success. Members who join their Local’s CIA are trained in all aspects of organizing. Trainings include organizing tactics, public speaking, political involvement and legal strategies.
Much of the fight for our collective future is determined by decisions made at the city, county, state and federal level. To build power for our membership in Nor Cal, we must not only hold our elected representatives accountable but also push forward good legislation based on Carpenter issues. POWER educates and enlists each member to maximize their influence in the political sphere. By backing pro NCCU candidates and, just as important, developing and running our own members for office, we can make sure our voice and strength are being brought to where the power lies.
We are a caucus of committed female Carpenters and other skilled Trades Women dedicated to our Union, our crafts and the communities we live in. FOCUS will develop high levels of engagement in these areas to maximize our influence and power throughout the construction industry, building unity and taking action to secure work opportunities and respect on the jobsites. Through high levels of training, mentorship and mutual assistance we will work for and demand equality and dignity to ensure an equal voice and opportunity at all levels for the Sisters in the NCCU.
The NCCU recognizes and celebrates that our membership is a diverse workforce and our mission to build power for all Union members requires unity. While recognizing that progress has been made in our Union’s long struggle for equality, our industry still has vast room for improvement. We recognize there are unique problems facing various groups, and TRUE will offer a path to continue the struggle for equal treatment, inclusion and dignity. Through mentorship, mutual support and two-way education, we will not rest until we have achieved equal opportunities for all our Brothers and Sisters, in education, work and life.
Army, Navy, Airforce, Marines and Coast Guard, you've watched our backs now we’ve got yours. VALOR is a program in which our veterans are honored and supported throughout our Union, including the Helmets to Hard Hats program. VALOR is helping our Military Veterans embark on a new career in the construction industry as Carpenters, Pile Drivers, Millwrights, Industrial and other affiliated trades. VALOR is mentoring, educating and training our service men and women to provide viable work opportunities. You've given so much to keep our Nation safe, through VALOR we can give back to you. As our veterans receive education through one of four Training Facilities throughout Northern California, they can utilize the GI Bill to better their life. VALOR is committed to working with our members starting with their apprenticeship and offering ongoing support throughout their careers. VALOR is uniting our Military Veterans with the rest of the Nor Cal Carpenters Union Family.
Fluctuating work hours, high cost of living, extensive commutes and other challenges based on social pressures can leave Union members feeling vulnerable and unstable. As a result of these societal challenges, we are seeing ever increasing suicide rates, substance abuse and depression affecting construction workers like never before. Our Union was founded on the principles of mutual aid, and we believe each of us has a duty to look after our Brothers and Sisters. The NCCU strives to build bridges for members in trouble to find the help that they need. Our Each One Reach One committee will educate, train and provide the necessary tools for each of us to provide support and help each other weather the storms of life.