04-19-2018  12:49 pm      •     
The Skanner Report
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4


April 24 is Voter Registration Deadline for May 15 Primary Election

Tuesday, April 24, is voter registration and party choice deadline for May 15 Primary Election ...

Portland Libraries Celebrate National Poetry Month

April poetry events and recommended reading from Multnomah County libraries ...

PCRI Launches the Pathway 1000 Implementation Plan

Pathway 1000 a bold and ambitious 10-year displacement mitigation initiative ...

AG Rosenblum Launches New Resource on Oregon’s New Gun Safety Laws

One-page handout aims to educate Oregonians about the new law ...

Ethos Music Center Honors Portland Attorney Dave Baca with Annual Resonance Award

Founder Charles Lewis to receive first-ever Ethos Visionary Award at the May 2 event ...



Will HUD Secretary Ben Carson Enforce the Fair Housing Act?

Julianne Malveaux questions HUD Secretary Ben Carson’s ability to enforce the Fair Housing Act ...

Waiting While Black in Philadelphia Can Get You Arrested

Reggie Shuford on the daily indignities African-Americans face in Philadelphia and around the country ...

Black People Must Vote or Reap the Consequences

Jeffrey Boney on the importance of voting in the Black community ...

Civil Rights Community Doesn’t Need to Look Farr for Racism in Trump Court Nominees

Derrick Johnson, NAACP President and CEO, explains organization's opposition to Trump's nomination of Thomas Farr ...



The Skanner News

The Northwest Carpenters Union is inviting anyone with an interest in a career within the industry to a free career fair, Saturday, Sept. 21 from 10-3 at the Pacific Northwest Carpenters Institute, 4222 NE 158th Ave, Portland. There will be door prizes, food and activities for children.

The retirement of the Baby Boomer generation is opening up significant opportunities in the field – but since it takes a few years to work through the ranks, the union is putting an extra focus on recruiting young people now.

"The Northwest Carpenters Union is facing not only a jump in work opportunities, but an impending retirement wave that will create a huge demand for skilled crafts people," says Michael Burch, union representative for the Pacific NW Regional Council of Carpenters.

"A lot of people are starting to leave the workforce and we are going to need to start filling those vacancies now and getting people into the apprenticeship program," said union spokesman Ben Bascom.

This fair is an education experience, including demonstrations and videos giving out all the information needed to pursue this career path. Industry professionals will be available to answer all questions about becoming an apprentice, journeyperson and a signatory contractor.

The Pacific Northwest Regional Council of Carpenters will show attendees a day in the life of an apprentice and the different pathways you can take to a rewarding career.

While many are familiar with the idea of carpenters being "woodworkers," actually the field of possible job areas is wide, and includes concrete form work for high rise buildings, metal stud framing and drywall installation.

"We do pile drivers on docks and bridges and highway projects; we build scaffolds – there are almost too many jobs to list," Basom said. "And they are absolutely family wage jobs."

But, Basom says, carpentry is not just a job, it is a growing career field that brings with it all the perks of a professional calling.

"It's a way to make a really decent hourly wage," he says. "Our carpenters receive full family health care, and when they're ready to retire they'll receive pensions for the years of hard work they did."

One of the things that sets carpentry aside from other trades is the act of building something permanent, that the whole community can see and be proud of.

"Many of our carpenters, myself included, we take pride in our craftsmanship," Basom said.

"This is our trade and years down the road you can always look back and show your family – look, there's a building that I built. And it's a lot of pride seeing something that you've put a lot of hours, a lot of sweat into, seeing it standing there for generations to come."

For more information go to www.nwcarpenters.org.




Oregon Lottery

Photo Gallery

Photos and slide shows of local events

The Skanner Report