Carpenters 423 – Cumberland

Union membership is beneficial for individuals for multiple reasons. One such reason is job opportunity. With a jurisdiction that covers Allegany and Garrett counties in Maryland as well as Mineral, Grant, Hardy, Hampshire, Morgan, Berkeley, Jefferson, and Pendleton counties in West Virginia and over 100 current signatory contractors who employ members of Local 423, opportunities for work are increasing each year. Another reason is the apprenticeship program and continuing education and certification opportunities. Currently, certification classes available to members include Blue Prints, Metal Studs, Optaline Plus, and First Aid/CPR. A strong benefits package is also offered. As a result, union membership becomes worthwhile.

What is an Apprenticeship?

An apprentice is someone who is learning a trade by working under the guidance of skilled workers, called journeymen. It’s on-the-job training. You earn while you learn and are paid a wage from the first day you’re hired by a contractor. Apprentices usually start at about 40% of the skilled journeyman carpenter’s rate of pay. Your wages are increased at periodic intervals until your wages are up to 90% or 95% of the journeymen’s rate, which is usually in your fourth year of training. You’re making money at no cost to you for the training.

Why is Apprenticeship Training Best for You?

You can go to a trade school teaching carpentry and get a certificate making you eligible for some jobs in the field. you can even try your luck by being a carpenter’s helper doing unskilled work. But if you really want to be an all-around carpenter, who can perform any skilled task he or she is asked to perform, you had better get the broad experience you can only get by completing the 8,000 hours of work experience required to graduate as a journeyman carpenter.

United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America
Local Union 423

327 N. Centre St.
Cumberland, MD 21502

The Recruitment, selection, employment and training of apprentices shall be without discrimination because of race, color, religion, national origin or sex.  The JATC will take affirmative action to provide equal opportunities in apprenticeship and training and will operate the apprenticeship program as required under Title 29 of the code of federal regulations, Part 30.