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There’s an opportunity for carpenters to have access to better healthcare, make more money, and receive nationally-recognized job training. And that’s by becoming a member of the St. Louis - Kansas City Carpenters Regional Council (CARPDC). St. Louis is home to the headquarters of CARPDC, a part of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters (UBC) and Joiners of America. The Carpenters Regional Council is one of the oldest and most storied labor unions in the U.S. -  founded in 1882, the labor force is more than 20,000 members strong. With organizational values based on serving their members, the Regional Council knows what it means to put the interests of union carpenters first, and it starts with their health. Opening in Summer ‘19, the Carpenters Wellness Center will be located on the St. Louis Hampton Campus of CARPDC. The state-of-the-art facility provides an opportunity for members to receive exceptional care at an affordable price. Studies show that onsite wellness centers benefit members by building the patient - physician relationship. Instead of spending time in a waiting room, patients spend more time in front of their physician. Union carpenters will receive more personalized healthcare and build a relationship with the physicians and staff, resulting in more effective care. The best part? Eligible members have no copay or deductibles. The Carpenters Regional Council isn’t just trying to help members keep more money in their pockets, they’re making sure members are earning more money too. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, construction workers in St. Louis are the second highest paid in the country with a median salary of $65,936. This can be attributed, in part, to the work the Regional Council has done in negotiating fair wages for workers. Additionally, the union has invested more than $250 million in redevelopment projects to create man hours for carpenters. Giving the leaders of tomorrow the tools they need to be successful is also an important part of the Regional Council’s mission. Every year, qualified applicants from CARPDC are selected to attend nationally-recognized leadership training at the UBC International Training Center in Las Vegas. Here, aspiring foreman, superintendents, and journey-level carpenters are given the training and skills they need to achieve their career goals. While enrolled in the program, carpenters attend classes focused on communication skills, responding to conflict, and many other important skills that jobsite leaders need. What are you waiting for? Apply for a carpentry job in St. Louis right now, and start benefiting from being a member of the Carpenters Regional Council.
St. Louis, MO might not be the first place that comes to mind when people talk about the places they would love to live, but it should. Money Magazine ranks St. Louis in the top 5 best Cities for Jobs, based on affordability, job openings, job satisfaction, and pay. You can likely make more money in St. Louis and significantly cut your cost of living at the same time. In fact, simply working a normal job in St. Louis often allows families to live comfortably and still be able to save for vacations and retirement. The cost of housing is also much lower than similarly sized cities. And the spots you get for your money are very nice. In the city, you’ll see hardwood floors, lots of brick and even historic homes. In the county and surrounding suburbs, you can find larger, new builds everywhere with plenty of things to do within a short driving distance. If you read anything about St Louis, you’ve likely seen mention of how much you can do for free (and probably the frozen custard at Ted Drewes too). There are so many free things in the city that it would be hard to list them all here. The St. Louis Science Center; the award-winning St. Louis Zoo; the Contemporary Art Museum; the Cathedral Basilica, The Muny, and the list goes on. Here’s a more extensive list of everything free the city has to offer. Between that and the many different neighborhoods full of different restaurants and bars, it’s hard to get bored in St Louis. Forest Park, the 6th most visited U.S. urban park, is a 1,300-acre destination with 45,000 trees. Literally 1.5 the size of Central Park in New York. And with the size, comes many features: There are 2 inexpensive golf courses, paddle boats, ice skating, museums and a lot more. But wait, it gets even better if you’re a skilled craftsman. Union carpenters in the area earn up to $36 an hour and due to the weather patterns in St. Louis, they also normally work year round with no issues. They also have the opportunity of getting an associates degree through a union partnership with no out of pocket cost. What are you waiting for? Apply for a job in St. Louis right now, and start living the lifestyle you deserve.
Builder’s Bloc Contracting , an employee-owned company, has more than six decades of experience in commercial and residential construction in metropolitan St. Louis, Missouri, and Southern Illinois. Founded in St. Louis in 1946, they have earned a reputation for job site safety, efficiency, and dependability in the performance of their many construction services. Having served as a subcontractor on virtually every type of commercial and residential development, Builder’s Bloc has established a performance record for being consistently on-time, within budget, and ahead of schedule. Their mission is to continue to be the recognized performance leader in residential and light commercial contracting services. And that starts and ends with the quality and training of their employees. They strive to employ the safest, most professional tradespeople in the industry and will never sacrifice the quality of their work or products for the sake of profit. Their constant attention to high standards keeps their employees at the top of their game so they can always exceed their customer’s needs. “Doing it the Safe Way, Doing it the Right Way... That’s The Builder’s Bloc Way!” Even with experienced construction managers, and an army of over 1000 skilled craftsmen, Builder’s Bloc has steady, year-round work for all its employees, and is still hiring on a regular basis. As the largest single employer of Union tradesmen in the State of Missouri, Builder’s Bloc is proud to be the “Employer of Choice” for residential and light-commercial carpenters throughout the metropolitan St. Louis area. Builder’s Bloc is growing and is currently looking for skilled craftsmen in carpentry, drywall, flatwork, foundations, and plumbing. Check out their open positions here , at CarpentryCareers.com.
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