The UBC welcomes veterans to its ranks and stands up for its members when they are called up to the military.
Men and women mustering out of the service can find the training that leads to good-paying jobs as union carpenters through the Helmets to Hardhats program, which puts vets on a fast track to union apprenticeship--and a career.
The UBC also supports its current members when they are called up to active duty by waiving their dues and keeping them on the membership rolls. Since the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, the nation has called on UBC members to don the uniform nearly 2,000 times.
These efforts reflect the patriotism and commitment to service found both in this proud union and in the armed forces.
That commitment was vividly demonstrated in the summer of 2008 when a group of UBC apprentices volunteered their time to tear down and rebuild a house for Lori Fraher in Dwight, Ill. Fraher had lost her only son, Ryan, in Iraq’s Al Anbar Province the year before, and her home had fallen into disrepair.
Among those rebuilding the house was Ryan Francis, a second-year apprentice, Helmets to Hardhats participant, and Army veteran of Iraq.
“One of the core military values is selfless service,” Francis said. Lori Fraher “needed help, and the Carpenters Union was able to assist.”