Applying with the Carpenters Union

We believe in high quality training and lifelong skills upgrading. If you would like to apply for carpentry, drywall or a flooring trade; please contact our office for an application for the following trades.   • Pre apprentice   • Apprentice   • Journeyperson

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"No person, trade union or employers’ organization shall seek by intimidation or coercion to compel any person to become or refrain from becoming or to continue to be or to cease to be a member of a trade union or of an employers’ organization or to refrain from exercising any other rights under this Act...." excerpt from the Labour relations Act 1995.  Please visit the Ontario Labour Relations Board for the complete act.

TOP 10 Reasons Why you need a Union where you work



It’s the way to more
stability and security.



With the ups and downs, intense competition and fast growth of temporary agencies in the construction industry, you don’t always know where your next job will be—and what kind of pay and benefits you’ll have when you get there. But as a union construction worker, the pay, benefits and working conditions in your union contract are guaranteed—you carry them with you from job to job.








You get extended health
and welfare benefits.



Union construction workers have extended health and welfare benefits provided by their contract, and it covers their families too. Dental, prescription drug plans, chiropractic and more provide protection with low deductibles and co-pays. And when you’re in a union, your health benefits are portable—your coverage follows you from job to job.






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You have more
retirement security.



Retirement secutiry is hard to come by when you work in construction. But union construction workers have collectively-bargained pensions they can count on. Fully portable multi-employer plans, controlled by union and employer representatives, means union construction workers accrue benefits on every job. Pension surpluses go back in benefits and not to corporations.








You have access to the best jobs
in town.



When you form a union where you work, you become a member of the 14 affiliated unions of the building trades—and that makes you eligible to work on high-paying union construction jobs all over town, and in other cities and provinces.









Safety hazards are reduced.



Construction work is extremely dangerous – it has one of the highest injury rates of any major industry, and pressure to cut corners and work fast make it all the more hazardous.  But Union workers get more safety training, have avenues to address problems and make worksites safer, and are more likely to have access to proper equipment.









You get better training and advancement opportunities.



Whether you’re just starting out or experience in your craft, Building Trade unions are by far the most important players in helping you acquire and upgrade your skills. Apprentices get paid while learning basic skills. Advanced training lets you upgrade and keep up with technological change.








You have respect and
partnership at work.



Ever been told to do something a certain way, even though you knew it wasn’t the right way? Having a union means having a partnership with your employer and a say in decisions on the job. your view and skills are respected. You work with your co-workers to solve problems. And you have what you need to get the job done right—the first time!








The same set of rules applies
for everyone.



Because they’re negotiated by and for everyone on the job, union contracts emphasize equality and fair treatment. They provide a written set of rules that applies to everyone—and on every job—eliminating favoritism and discrimination and guaranteeing that no one can be unfairly or arbitrarily disciplined or dismissed.










You help build a stronger community.



By forming a union where you work, you’re creating more good jobs—and building a more secure future for yourself and your community. When you replace low-wage and temporary jobs with good union jobs, you boost local economies, lift living standards, and strengthen tax bases.











You also make a lot more money.




While rates vary from trade to trade and from region to region, union wages and benefits amount to 25% more than non-union wages and benefits. And when you are paid fairly, you don’t have to work so much overtime and you can spend more time with your family.






How to become a professional






Carpenters are responsible for creating just about every building in your community.

Homes, schools, malls and office buildings are built from the beginning through the skill and experience of professional carpenters. To be a carpenter is to be a member of one of the oldest and most respected trades in the world. If you enjoy working with tools, if you like to see your work produce immediate results, and if you have a good work ethic, you can build a lifetime career in carpentry.

How do I become a professional carpenter?

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Professional Floor coverers are responsible for installing all types of flooring materials, from carpet, sheet vinyls, tile, wood and laminates, and even gym surfaces Floor covering professionals install floor coverings in structures such as commercial buildings, schools, hotels, homes and churches. This is a specialized occupation with many opportunities.

How do I become a floor covering pro?

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Just about every building in your community — from your high school to the mall, to the restaurant or dentist’s office was a least partially build by skilled interior systems carpenters. This is an expanding industry offering challenges to those entering the construction trades. It involves the installation of all sorts of modern equipment and materials in commercial buildings, such as accoustical ceilings, raised floors for computers, metal framing, wall partitions and office funiture systems.

How do I become a drywall, acoustic & lathing professional?

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