Volume 04  | May 30, 2017
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NEW TECHNOLOGIES IN USE ON THE SHOP FLOOR: TRAINING THE NEXT GENERATION OF CARPENTERS

The Twin Cities Training Center in Saint Paul, Minn., has recently begun utilizing iPad and smartphone technology both on the shop floor and in the classroom. There are currently 30 iPads available for use with any of the apprentice classes. There is also a strong push to include iPads in skill enhancement courses such as OSHA 10 & 30, ICRA and Armstrong Ceiling. “The Kahoot app is a favorite amongst apprentices and journeymen alike,” said Instructor Matt Price, “as it adds a fun and competitive way to test knowledge learned during course lecture and is a positive learning reinforcement tool.”

The first skill enhancement course in iPad basics and a beginner Bluebeam course will take place this summer. Along with iPads, the training center is utilizing another piece of new equipment called the Hilti PLT 300 laser Layout system. The PLT is specifically targeted for interior systems courses and concrete classes, with additional classes in wood framing to follow. The training center plans to offer a skill enhancement class using the PLT 300 in late July.

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MENTORING PROGRAM LAUNCHES COUNCIL-WIDE

Mentoring programs are proven ways to increase member retention. Each Local union now has a mentoring program in place that allows interested members who have participated in the UBC Journeyman Leadership program to sign up and lead the next generation of carpenters.

Mentors are assigned a list of new members and are encouraged to call or meet once a month to check in, answer questions, encourage participation in the Union and help guide new carpenters through their first years on the job. 

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DELEGATES TO VOTE JUNE 9 ON PROPOSAL TO INCREASE LIFE INSURANCE BENEFITS

Thousands of members participated in a town hall teleforum* May 15 to learn more about a proposal to increase member benefits, including life, accidental death and dismemberment, and long-term disability insurance. Members overwhelmingly supported the proposal with 74% voting in favor of the benefit improvements.

Delegates will vote June 9 during their quarterly meeting whether or not to adopt the new benefit proposal. If passed, member dues will raise by $5/month and the new benefit will take effect August 1, 2017.

You can view a list of frequently asked questions about this benefit on our website.

*To receive these calls, you must have given express consent for the union to call you. Update your information online or by calling your Local.

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