Time for Real Representation

Non-union trades people, or tradespeople currently represented by another labour organization, are welcome in the United Brotherhood of Carpenters.

Many of our members came to us because they wanted improvements in how they are represented.

In agreements across the province and across the country we take great pride in the diversity of the jobs and workplaces we represent.

We want millwrights, interior systems mechanics (drywallers, mudders/tapers), scaffolding & mod yard workers, precast shop workers, manufacturing & machining plant workers, office workers, bar and restaurant workers, sawmill workers, maintenance workers, bank employees, accountants, health care workers, drivers, farmers, butchers, bakers – heck, even the candlemakers.

The point is, if you or a friend is working for somewhere that deserves the benefits of union membership, call us.

Northern Alberta – rcarlson@albertacarpenters.com

Northern Alberta – dhunter@albertacarpenters.com

Southern Alberta – pzarbatany@albertacarpenters.com

Learn how to help us organize your job site here.

General Information on Joining the Alberta Carpenters

Joining the Alberta Regional Council of Carpenters and Allied Workers is a privilege we extend to applicants with pride in their craft, a dedication to productivity on the job site, and strict adherence to safety and our code of conduct.

The easiest way to join is to assist us in organizing a non-union employer. Learn how to help us organize your job site here.

We receive hundred of applications every month, and will only respond to written requests for status updates. Do so by emailing recruiter@albertacarpenters.com.  Allow at least 30 days for us to process your application, but it may be longer during particularly busy periods. Trust us, we want every great tradesperson to be a union member. But we also need to be able to provide work for those members, so there will be periods where we are not accepting new applications. We apologize in advance if we cannot approve your application immediately.

Click one of the buttons under ‘Joining Us!’ (left menu) to see more detail about joining us, depending on what your experience is, or where you live.

The Details

We are in the business of representing all tradespeople working in the trades we represent.

When you DO apply: Don’t send us a Resume. Send Proof.

We need to see real proof, not summaries, of your past experience and training. Our goal is to assure ourselves you’re a qualified tradesperson, not a potential employee.

Journeyman certificates and apprenticeship documents show you’ve studied your trade. But we also need to know you have real-life, on-the-tools experience. Records of Employment or pay stubs show us for sure what experience you have and what pay scale you might deserve. So letters of reference and resumes don’t hurt, and they may be valuable for a future employer to see, but to us they’re nothing without pay stubs and records of employment.

Update on Construction Employee Family Assistance Program
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Brothers and Sisters, Happy New Year to all our members. We wanted to provide you with a short update and clarification on information related to member supports. Specifically, services offered through the Construction Employee Family Assistance Program (CEFAP). Recently, the … Read More

Holiday greetings and looking forward to 2021
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December 23, 2020 First, some quick housekeeping: While all our offices are currently closed to the public, the Edmonton, Calgary and Fort McMurray offices are closed for all business from December 24,2020 until we reopen on a limited basis to staff … Read More

Alberta Carpenters council offices closing to public until further notice
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Effective Monday, November 30, the Alberta Regional Council of Carpenters and Allied Workers offices in Edmonton, Fort McMurray and Calgary will be closed to the public until further notice. The last day of public access is Friday, November 27. The … Read More

UBC Zoom meeting: U.S. election results – Dec. 3
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Brothers and Sisters, What do the U.S. election results mean for the UBC and our members? Join Jason Rowe, Vice President, Canadian District, UBCJA and your brothers and sisters from across Canada to discuss the results and how they affect you and your union. DATE: Thursday, December 3, 2020 TIME: 7:00 – … Read More

ACAW offices closed from Nov. 23-27
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Brothers and Sisters, The Alberta Carpenters and Allied Workers (ACAW) Trust Funds office is in the process of moving to its new location. To help facilitate the move, the office will be closed from Monday, November 23 to Friday, November … Read More

Results of Collective Agreement ratification vote
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Brothers and Sisters, On behalf of our executive and the collective bargaining committee, I am pleased to share the results of the Alberta Regional Council of Carpenters Collective Agreement ratification vote. YES votes: 592 NO votes: 296 Total votes received: … Read More

To the family, friends and colleagues of Norman Hatami
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To the family, friends and colleagues of Norman Hatami. On behalf of the Executive and all the members of the Alberta Regional Council of Carpenters and Allied Workers, we extend our heartfelt condolences on the tragic passing of Norman. Please … Read More

Resources and links page updated with government contacts
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Brothers and Sisters, We have updated the Resources & Links page on our website to include links to help you find Members of Parliament, Members of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta and provincial municipal officials. Why is this information important? … Read More

BTA Labour Day 2020 message
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On Labour Day, thank the workers getting us through these trying times  Without question, Labour Day 2020 feels much different than it has in the past. But as we look back on the difficult times we’ve all faced the last … Read More

Mental health and depression virtual town hall Aug. 26
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Brothers & Sisters, We encourage you to participate in a virtual town hall discussing the topics of mental health, depression and ending stigma in the construction industry. Wednesday, August 26 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. MST CLICK HERE to register About … Read More

Edmonton council offices closed to public and members Aug. 20 and 21
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Please be aware that the Alberta Regional Council Administration Building located at 15210-123 Avenue Edmonton will be CLOSED to the public and members on Thursday, August 20 and Friday, August 20. The closure is to allow the technical crew to … Read More

Applications for RJW Bursary Program Awards open Sept. 3
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Dear Brothers & Sisters, Please be advised that the 2020 RJW Bursary Program will be opening to accept applications on September 3, 2020. This year one-hundred (100) two-thousand ($2,000) dollar bursaries are available to be won to supplement the cost … Read More

CannAmm: Masks or face coverings now mandatory at all collection sites
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From CannAmm Occupational Testing Services: Beginning August 1, masks/face coverings will be mandatory for all individuals attending CannAmm collection sites. Unless mandated otherwise it is the responsibility of the individual to provide their own mask/face covering. Safe and reasonable strategies … Read More

UBC president: we support the right to peacefully protest
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Statement from the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America Supporting the Right to Peacefully Protest Change doesn’t come easy. Nothing worth working toward ever does. That is why the right to assemble and freedom of speech are at … Read More

Local offices reopening to members, public
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To our members and visitors. The main Council and local offices across the province will re-open to members and the general public on Monday, July 6. The location hours are as follows: Edmonton and Calgary – 8 a.m. to 4 … Read More

Merchandise page added to site
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We have added a merchandise page to the website. Merchandise includes items like fire-retardant hoodies, toques, tool belts and accessories. All merchandise is available to members only. Pick up is available at the Edmonton Council Office only and the member … Read More

Dues in arrears notifications to start July 1
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Dear Brothers and Sisters. Effective July 1, 2020, the Alberta locals will start sending out arrears notifications for membership dues. Notices for dues in arrears will cover periods of two, three and six months and will be sent to members … Read More

Fort Mac flood donation drive at Local 488 on April 30
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Big thanks to our Brothers and Sisters at Local 488 for creating this opportunity to provide support for Fort McMurray flood evacuees. From the 488 website: As many of you are already aware, thousands of Fort McMurray residents have once … Read More

Message to Alberta members from General Presidents’ Maintenance Committee for Canada
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Message to Alberta members from General Presidents’ Maintenance Committee for Canada

COVID-19 and union dues
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Over the last month, the Regional Council executive, in conjunction with the executives of Locals 1325 (Edmonton and Northern Alberta) and 2103 (Calgary), discussed strategies to support our members during this difficult time.

Easter greetings to our members
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We are committed to providing members with up-to-date and relevant information about COVID-19. Happy Easter to all.

Bursary award program applications now open
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Applications are now open for the Robert Provencher Bursary Trust Fund and the ACTIMS Women In Trades Awards/Bursaries Program.

Covid-19 FAQ for Members
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We are committed to providing relevant and up-to-date information about Covid-19. We encourage you to review these links and access the resources and supports that are applicable to you.

Building a Community: Local 2103 Member Roxie Baez Zamora
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  Airdrie East NDP candidate & Journeyman scaffolder Roxie Baez Zamora is hoping to trade in building one type of platform for another. Talk with Roxie Baez Zamora for a few minutes and you get the sense that you’re speaking … Read More

Message from Derrick Schulte
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Hello again Brothers and Sisters, As I write this message, Albertans will go to the polls next Tuesday, April 16, and we face a critical choice. We may never again enjoy the global oil prices and economic conditions of ten … Read More

ACTIMS Women in Trades Awards & Bursary 2019 – Apply now!
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The Women In Trades Awards/Bursaries Program was created to recognize women who are members of the Canadian Building Trades, and to bring awareness of employment opportunities for women in the skilled trades.   This annual awards/bursaries program provides 3 recipients … Read More

February 26, 2019 Telephone Town Hall Details
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Telephone Town Hall Meeting with EST Derrick Schulte. UPDATED with the recording. You will receive an automated call this evening, just hang on the line, and you will be entered into the town hall. Dear sisters and brothers: Tonight is … Read More

Telephone Town Hall Rescheduled for Tuesday, February 26
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The Alberta-wide Carpenters Union Telephone Town Hall is ON AGAIN! We’re set up to go live at 8 pm on Tuesday, February 26. The call will last for one hour.  Just like last time, we will send an automated message … Read More

’Twas a great time for all
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Like families across Alberta, this past December, members of 1325 and 2103 and 1460 gathered to celebrate with all the joy of the holiday season. As always, there was plenty of great food, laughs games and gifts for the little … Read More

Local 1325 Curling Bonspiel Sweeping Back in March 2019
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  Four player teams. $100 a team. Breakfast, lunch, and guaranteed two games! All proceeds benefit the Wounded Warriors. Learn more about the Wounded Warriors here! Saturday, March 9th, Edmonton Garrison Memorial Golf & Curling Club. Call 780.733.2160 or 780.471.3200, or … Read More

ARCCAW Posting: Representative – Edmonton/Central Alberta Region
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ALBERTA REGIONAL COUNCIL OF CARPENTERS AND ALLIED WORKERS REPRESENTATIVE – EDMONTON/CENTRAL ALBERTA REGION   The Alberta Regional Council is the governing body for all United Brotherhood affairs in Alberta.  The vision and mandate for the organization is to organize and … Read More

ARCCAW Posting: Representative – Fort McMurray/Wood Buffalo Region
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ALBERTA REGIONAL COUNCIL OF CARPENTERS AND ALLIED WORKERS REPRESENTATIVE – FORT MCMURRAY/WOOD BUFFALO REGION     The Alberta Regional Council is the governing body for all United Brotherhood affairs in Alberta.  The vision and mandate for the organization is to … Read More

Geared Up
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New products for the jobsite, campsite or at the cabin. TSTAK Radio + Charger This heavy-duty site radio provides premium AM/FM or streaming sound on the job with its four speakers plus one active subwoofer and one assisted bass resonator. … Read More

Connecting distant members: telephone town hall
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There was plenty of straight talk at the first ever telephone town hall. [ngg_images source=”galleries” container_ids=”4″ display_type=”photocrati-nextgen_basic_imagebrowser” ajax_pagination=”0″ order_by=”sortorder” order_direction=”ASC” returns=”included” maximum_entity_count=”500″] The volunteers and call screeners were ready, and the countdown was on. The boardroom of the ARCCAW Union … Read More

Minister Shannon Phillips visits Triple M in Lethbridge
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Hometown proud. [ngg_images source=”galleries” container_ids=”3″ display_type=”photocrati-nextgen_basic_imagebrowser” ajax_pagination=”0″ order_by=”sortorder” order_direction=”ASC” returns=”included” maximum_entity_count=”500″]   Minister of Alberta Environment and Parks Shannon Phillips makes it her business to get to know her home town of Lethbridge by visiting the worksites, companies, employers, unions … Read More

Extreme scaffolding
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Red Bull Crashed Ice takes over Edmonton and Local 1325 was there. [ngg_images source=”galleries” container_ids=”2″ display_type=”photocrati-nextgen_basic_imagebrowser” ajax_pagination=”0″ order_by=”sortorder” order_direction=”ASC” returns=”included” maximum_entity_count=”500″]   The snow has long-since melted, but the memories from the 2018 Red Bull Crashed Ice event in Edmonton … Read More

Rocking the house for Wounded Warriors
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[ngg_images source=”galleries” container_ids=”1″ display_type=”photocrati-nextgen_basic_imagebrowser” ajax_pagination=”0″ order_by=”sortorder” order_direction=”ASC” returns=”included” maximum_entity_count=”500″] Saturday, March 10th, sixteen teams of four grabbed their brooms and headed out on the ice at the Edmonton Garrison Memorial Golf and Curling Club for a great day filled with … Read More

Building on a long, successful career
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You can accomplish a lot in 38 years. Just ask Local 2010 member Dennis Kramps. During his career at ATCO, Dennis helped build thousands of trailers and kitchens for work camps, served as shop foreman, worked as shipper/receiver, and drove … Read More

Local 2103 and 1325 Family Picnics scheduled for August 12
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Local 2103 and Local 1325 Family Picnics set for Sunday, August 12th – Register your family today! Please remember to call us to get on the list – we need exact numbers! Thanks in advance. Register yourself and immediate family … Read More

Applications Available Now for the 2018 Robert J. Provencher Bursary!
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Sending the kids off to college this fall? Local 1325 might be able to help. Apply for our bursary by August 31st! The Robert J. Provencher Bursary is available to dependents of Local 1325 members who are enrolling in a … Read More

Pulling Together for #TeamAngie
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When Times Get Tough, the Tough Pull Together  On May 15, 2017, Angela Entz’s life changed forever. While working on the wall systems at Triple M Housing in Lethbridge, the roofing jig system failed and the steel frame collapsed onto … Read More

Recruitment & Orientations
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This article originally appeared in the Fall 2017 edition of the Hardhat. Two September orientations at the Aluma branch office in Fort McMurray attracted 60 new and transferring members living in the Municipality of Wood Buffalo, as well as a … Read More