Local 1503 in the Community

Carpenters' Local 1503 is a community based organization.  With over 2,100 members in communities throughout Oregon and SW Washington, our membership is a force for good where we live.  Equitable compensation, fair benefits and a standard work-week means that our members are available to fully participate in community life.  Fair compensation means that our discretionary spending contributes to local economies.  Small businesses benefit from our spending near our homes. We spend our money with firms that treat us fairly. We spend our money with neighborhood entrepreneurs, corner cafes and local farmers markets. When we benefit, others benefit.

Healthcare providers can keep their prices lower for everyone because they can count on our members paying their bills. Our healthcare dollars provides a level of stability for a challenged healthcare system.  Administering our benefits programs provide opportunities to private sector management firms, their employees and contracting entities. These local dollars add economic momentum and vitality to the local economy.

Our members actively volunteer in community activities because they don't have to work evenings and weekends to make ends meet. You'll find our members serving as volunteer coaches, youth leaders, on the boards of charitable organizations and contributing their skills in local churches.  We're proud of these volunteers for improving community life when so many economic, social and political forces are undermining it.

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As a union we have taken on a number of community projects.  Over the years many of our members have donated their time and talents to activities ranging from Rebuilding Together Portland to Lane county cancer fundraisers. We're proud of the examples our members set for young workers. Our members show up on time, they work hard and they go home to families and fulfilling lives in the community. 

Our trade proudly supports diversity.  Our "Sisters in the Brotherhood" group encourages women to consider the trade as a non-traditional occupation.  Currently 12% of our apprentices are female and our support of Job Corps training programs provides a viable career option to others who might never have had the opportunity.

Beyond these personal investments in time and skill, our members also financially support community life.  Each year our membership donates funds to worthy community causes.  These donations are voted on by members at the general membership meetings and can reflect support for a member's involvement in a community project or a conclusion that a community activity merits our financial participation.  Some of the projects we have supported on an ongoing basis are detailed in the following list:

  • Carpenters Food Bank
  • Food for Lane County
  • Jobs with Justice
  • Unions for Kids
  • American Cancer Society
  • National MS Society
  • Preeclampsia Foundation
  • Elks Lodge #2145