Carpenters Local 1503


Carpenters Local Union 1503 represents members of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters living in the Oregon and Southwest Washington Area.



Make 10 out of 12 LOCAL 1503 Regular monthly member meetings and you qualify for a FREE JACKET with your name and date of induction.

Contact Brother John Svob for details on how to pick up EMAIL: [email protected]


The DAV National Service Office in Portland has obtained drafts (checks) to be sent out to veterans/surviving spouses that have been impacted by the wildfires in Oregon.  The drafts are up to $1,000 per household, regardless if it’s a multiple veteran household.

To receive a draft PLEASE have the participant follow these steps:


[email protected]       and state “WILDFIRE RELIEF” in the subject line.

2.We need the full name of the veteran/surviving spouse.

3.Their address that has been affected.

4.An address they can receive the draft at.

5.Their phone number and/or email address.

6.Proof of veteran status.  Various things will work for this, the veteran DOES NOT need to be in receipt of any VA benefits.  Examples:  DDF 214, VA rating sheet, driver’s license with “veteran”  annotation, etc.

7.Are they requesting for food and clothing only OR did they have to evacuate/pay for lodging?  Please include as much proof/verification to make this as easy as possible.


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Did you know President Joe Cadwell is hosting a new interview-based podcast called Grit Northwest?
His goal? To engage, educate, and energize workers on the benefits of being a member of an organized labor union. Subscribe now and listen to the first two episodes using the link in our bio.


Alan Shin & John Millar,
By attending the September Local 1503 Webinar and being drawn for a prize, you won a $200.00 credit at Union Bootpro. (  )
James McClure Jr.
By attending the September Local 1503 Webinar and being drawn for a prize, you won $100 Local1503 Merchandise and a Stabilla three piece set.
*Reminding all members to sign up for next month’s Meeting/Webinar, and to take the online quiz. In addition, your dependents/youth can enter that raffle also by completing the artwork offered along with the quiz.
*Any questions contact Brother John Svob  email:[email protected]


Dear Oregonian,

Today, we launched online self-certification for the Lost Wages Assistance (LWA) program. The temporary emergency program funded by FEMA provides an additional $300 per week to people who are out of work and receiving unemployment benefits due to COVID-19. To meet FEMA requirements for the program, claimants must certify that they are receiving unemployment benefits for COVID-19-related reasons.

Please note that self-certification is required by FEMA in order to receive LWA benefits. The Employment Department plans to start providing LWA funds to qualified Oregonians by the end of September.

Starting today, you can self-certify for LWA using the Online Claims System. The option to certify over the phone will be available soon. However, we strongly encourage you to certify online to avoid long delays on our phone lines. For step-by-step instructions on how to self-certify, visit

As a reminder, you automatically qualify for LWA if you:

  • Have received unemployment benefits from July 26, 2020, through September 5, 2020
  • Self-certify they are unemployed or partially unemployed due to disruptions caused by COVID-19

Self-certification is a new one-time step for people receiving regular UI, PEUC, or Extended Benefits. For claimants receiving PUA, there is no need to self-certify: you self-certified when you first applied for PUA benefits. 

LWA is retroactive to eligible claimants for the following weeks ending:

  • August 1, 2020
  • August 8, 2020
  • August 15, 2020
  • August 22, 2020
  • August 29, 2020
  • September 5, 2020

FEMA has notified states that the final week of LWA payments will be for the week ending September 5. Because the FEMA funds were limited, we cannot extend payments beyond that date. If you become unemployed after the week ending August 1, 2020, you can only receive LWA for weeks when you qualify for unemployment benefits and meet LWA eligibility requirements.

If you have questions, please get in touch with us via our Contact Us form. Through these trying times, we are happy to help serve Oregonians as best we can.


David Gerstenfeld
Acting Director of the Oregon Employment Department

For more information on unemployment benefits in Oregon, visit unemployment.oregon.govOregonians can also call 211 or go to to find additional resources to help cover the cost of housing, health care, food, utility bills and other costs.

Congratulations New Local 1503 Journeyman!!

Our President, Dale Dvorak and Recording Secretary Laurel “Laurie” Gonor Hard at work signing Journey Level Certificates at the Oregon City Local 1503 Hall.

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