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Local 429 Worker Meeting

Local 429 Holds First June Meeting/Cookout

Congratulations and thank you to the dozens of members from Carpenters Local 429 who attended the Local’s inaugural June meeting/cookout, which will now occur every year. Council Representatives and the Local’s leadership coordinated the event, which included a catered dinner of hamburgers, grilled chicken, and hot dogs. After an education session that addressed Local, Regional Council and International Union matters, a raffle was held, and 16 Visa gift cards totaling $1,450 were awarded to some pretty happy members!

New Texas Training Center

The future home of the Texas Carpenters & Millwrights Training facility and Local 551 in Pasadena, Texas is getting close to opening it's doors for business! Take a look at how well the facility is coming together! NOTE: Newest pictures are at the top, and click on the photo to see its caption.

Carpenters & Jared Allen Foundation Customize Home for Wounded Veteran

Combat-wounded Navy Corpsman Thomas Henderson, and his young family, recently moved-in to a mortgage-free, 100-percent handicapped-accessible home in Forney, Texas. Being presented with the keys to the four-bedroom home was the culminating event of another successful project by Jared Allen’s Homes for Wounded Warriors (JAH4WW) foundation.

Since its inception in 2009, JAH4WW has completed handicap-accessible homes for eight injured U.S. military veterans and is in the process of building several more across the country in 2017. For the Forney, Texas project, JAH4WW teamed up with the Central South Carpenters Regional Council (CSCRC) to purchase and remodel the home so that it would suit the unique needs of Henderson, his fiancée, Ashtian, and their toddler son, Rowan.

JAH4WW founder and former pro football star, Jared Allen, personally handed the keys to Corpsman Henderson. Allen was joined by Jason Engels, CSCRC executive secretary-treasurer at the key ceremony and final walk-through of the home with Corpsman Henderson.

Greater Dallas Construction handled general contracting services and East Star Design supplied the architectural services to transform the home. Construction work began in late December 2016. Features of the home now include:

  • Accessibility modifications, including 36-inch door openings
  • Master walk-in closet addition
  • Remove/relocate several windows and doors
  • Installing a new accessible-height oven and range-top
  • Bathroom modifications
  • Front and rear entrance ramps
  • Landscape modifications

“We are proud to be associated with this project, and are honored to help Corpsman Henderson attain the maximum potential for a great quality of life in a safe, supportive environment,” Engels said.

Corpsman Henderson’s Journey

With just a short time left on his tour of Afghanistan in 2010, Corpsman Henderson accepted a volunteer assignment with 3/6 Lima Company after one of their Corpsmen was injured by sniper fire. On July 4, 2010 – a week before his 21st birthday – Henderson was struck by 45 pounds of homemade explosives due to a remote detonated IED blast while on a routine Security Patrol.

Corpsman Henderson sustained critical injuries in the explosion, including the loss of his right leg above the knee, nerve damage along the left side of his body, major loss of motor function in his left arm and hand, and moderate traumatic brain injury. His injuries left him hospitalized for three months. He spent the next two years undergoing extensive physical therapy and a total of 37 surgeries.

Today, Corpsman Henderson is working towards a Bachelor’s Degree in Biomedical Engineering, with aspirations to get a Master’s Degree in Prosthetics and Orthotics devices so that he may continue to help individuals throughout his life.

To learn more about the JAH4WW, please visit www.HomesForWoundedWarriors.com.    

Local 1266 Worker Meeting

Congrats to Local 1266 for turning out more than 100 members for a workers meeting recently! Council representatives started the meeting with intros, a brief history of the UBC's and Central South Carpenters Regional Council’s history, and an explanation of why worker meetings are so crucial. Talk then centered on details about payroll fraud, area standards, and training. A BBQ dinner and tool raffle rounded out the night. The Council and Local 1266 representatives would like to thank each and every member for taking the time to attend the meeting. We hope to see all of you at the next one!

Fairmont Hotel, Austin, Texas

Local 1266 members, led by Council Rep Rigo Davila (front row, 3rd from left), are getting it done for Standard Drywall at the Fairmont Hotel in downtown Austin. Keep up the great work, everyone!

February Class of Our Strong Journeymen

Congratulations to the 180 journeymen carpenters and pile drivers of the Central South Carpenters Regional Council who successfully completed the United Brotherhood of Carpenters' leadership training program. 

“UBC Journeymen: Building Leadership for a Strong Future” helps journeymen develop leadership, mentoring, coaching, and communication skills, and learn to engage with newer members and lead by example, all while promoting positive work environments and productivity on the job.

Those who completed the rigorous training is as follows:

Nick Abbott, Clark Acosta, Ryan Adams, Luther Alexander, Juan Alvarez, Shane Alvarez, Jason Anderson, Thomas Anderson, George Araujo, Hugo Arias, Eric Austin, Jacob Baxter, Wender Bitkhan, Jason Böse, Gregory Boyd, Billy Boyles, II, Guadalupe Cano, Antonio Carbajal-Jaimes, Charles Cardarnella, Ismael Castillo, John Chalmers, Anthony Chambliss, Keihton Chapman, Ernesto Colin, William Conley, Lee Conn, John Contos, John Copp, Ruben Corona, Karen Costello, Casey Coyle, Charles Davis, Vincent Dean, Arturo Del Castillo, Steven Dennis, Eric Dudley, Craig Dufrene, Jr., James Edmond, Dwayne Edwards, Quincy Edwards, Tyler Ellis, Kyle Elting, Ivan Enriquez, Andres Espinosa, Dean Ferguson, Kidd Fernandez, Henry Fontenot, Jr., Derek Foreman, Sean Forsner, Joe Fortenberry, Alexandro Garcia, Felipe Garcia, Rosslyn Gibson, Edward Gileta, Kim Girroir, Anthony Gomez, Samuel Gomez-Gonzales, Rigoberto Gonzalez, Joe Gosnell, Julius Gray, Matthew Gray, Steven Grissom, Peter Guarino, Marty Guthrie, Leoncio Gutierrez, Jr., Glenn Hayden, Jr., Cajon Heard, Mark Hemstad, Gary Hobbs, Brandon Houston, Joseph Hughes, Roger Hughes, James Johnson, Martin Johnson, Mark Jones, Percy Jones, Sr., Germaine Joseph, Jamey Knighten, Jeremy Korn, Lorenzo Lane, Jackie Lawrence, Shawn LeBlanc, Edwin Lewis, Jose Lopez, Juan Lozano, Marcial Madrid, David Marroquí, Celso Martinez, Gonzalo Martinez, Frank Matis, Jr., Kevin McCoy, Jr., Theresa McCune, Patrick McInnes, Joshua McIntyre, Alex Medina, Michael Melacon, Timmy Miller, Larry Milton, Sean Mims, Ruben Mirelez, Modesto Mojica, Anita Montgomery, Steve Morehead, John Munoz, Juan Nava, Warren Neal, Jr., Tommie Nelson, Debra Nicholson, Joshua Nipp, Celso Ochoa, David Olague, Andrew Olivan, Lamont Oliver, Richard A. Ombre, Alex Orozco, David Ortiz, Israel Ortiz, Steven Overbay, Joseph Perrault, III, Rodrigo Perez, Ryan Petry, Donnie Phillips, Roberto Prado, Herbert Price, Arthur Quintanilla, Roy Rachel, II, Juan Ramirez, Barney Rankin, Christy Reams, Chad Repka, William Richardson, Ruben Rivas, Paul Roberson, Gonzalo Robles, Maria Robles, Arturo Rodriguez, Juan Rodriguez, Miguel Rodriquez-Suarez, Frederick Ross, Aaron Roulette, Adan Sanchez, Alfredo Sanataria, Alfredo Santamaria, Jr., Jerome Scales, Dean Sciambra, Thomas Shreves, Harold Sisson, Doleful Smith, Kenneth Strother, Federico Tellez, Scott Turner, Shay Thomsen, Mitchell Thompson, Max Townsend, Pedro Trejo, Robert Treon, Israel Trevino, Casey Turner, Onofre Ulloa, Tyler Unsworth, Pablo Valera, Brian Venebla, John Wantland, Arron Warren, James Watts, Donnell White, Gary White, Fred Whitecotton, Olson William, Dexter Williams, Lawrence Williams, Noel Williams, Preston Williams, Jerry Wilson, Jr., George Woods, Jr., James Wright, Robin Yoxtheimer, Alvin Zanders, Roberto Zapata, and Miguel Zaragoza.

New Orleans Training Center Grand Opening

Scaffolding, form work, pile driving, interior systems, and welding are just some of the skills carpenters and millwrights will acquire and sharpen at the newly opened, $12.5 million Central South Carpenters Training Center just outside of New Orleans.

Apprenticeship and journeyman upgrade training at the Training Center focuses on the latest industry certifications as well as technologies, tools, installation methods, and safety. Leadership and productivity skills are also an important part of the training program.

The 38,000 square-foot facility includes nearly 23,000 square-feet of training space. It also is the main headquarters of the Central South Carpenters Regional Council, which covers Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Louisiana. Two locals - Central South Carpenters & Piledrivers Local 1846 and Southern States Millwrights Local 729 .

“This facility and our training is designed to support the local construction community, and help spark regional economic development,” said Jason Engels, Executive Secretary-Treasurer of the Central South Carpenters.

The Center is located at 2850 Massachusetts Avenue in Metairie, Louisiana.

The Council recently held a Grand Opening celebration and hosted more than 300 people. Central South staff welcomed community and economic development leaders, Southern District and UBC national officials, and elected officials to formally launch the Center. Guest speakers included Louisiana House of Representatives member, John Bel Edwards, who is also the leading candidate for Governor of Louisiana. UBC General President Doug McCarron also spoke, congratulating EST Engels and his Council for creating a first-class facility.

Guests also were given tours of the center, participated in hands-on demonstrations, and reviewed craft-specific mockups for skills needed immediately in the region, such as scaffolding, form work, and more.

Media Takes Notice

Check out these media clips surround the Grand Opening activities...

New Orleans Advocate

BIC Magazine

New Orleans City Business

New Orleans City Business Talks with EST Engels


UBC 41st General Convention

Central South Carpenters Play Active Role at UBC Convention

The highlight of the recently concluded 41st UBC General Convention was the re-election of the McCarron Team, led by General President Douglas J. McCarron. Representing the Southern District on the McCarron Team is District Vice President Dennis Donahou, from the Southern Millwrights and Local 216. In addition to DVP Donahou, several staff and delegates from the Central South Carpenters Regional Council also played key roles at the General Convention.

Executive Secretary-Treasurer Jason Engels took to the stage three times as a member of three separate Convention committees. He was chairman of the Political Action Committee, secretary of the Election Committee, and a member of the Resolutions Committee. Additional participants were:

Dwayne Young, Local 71, Contracts & Jurisdictions Committee

John West, Local 329, Productivity & Competitiveness Committee

Kavin Griffin, Local 429, Trustee’s Report Committee

Joseph Ardoin, Local 1098, Health & Welfare Committee

Ray Calamari, Local 1846 & Louisiana Training Director, Apprenticeship & Training Committee

Craig Wright, Local 429, served as a Whip

David Wetmore, Local 665, served as a Warden

Three of our journeyman leadership program participants and one of our 3rd Year Apprentice leadership program participants were recognized for their efforts as part of the Convention’s kickoff proceedings.

A free mobile app exists that documents the General Convention with news, photos and more. To download that, simply search for “UBC2015” in the Apple or Google app stores. Also, the national UBC website, carpenters.org, has news and information about the Convention on its home page. Check it out!

INSTALL Floorcovering Rollout

INSTALL Ready to Roll In to Texas
Elite Flooring Installation Labor Program Launches in Arlington. 
The INSTALL program is now available in Texas for contractors and customers who partner with the Central South Carpenters. To illustrate what an asset this program is, an open house and rollout event was recently held at the North Texas Training Center in Arlington. Click here for the full story.

August 2015 Council Meeting

At its August Council Meeting, delegates to the Central South Carpenters Regional Council completed a lengthy agenda regarding council business. A council election for its leadership positions was also held. Special guests included:
  • Elton Lagasse, Councilman-at-Large, Division B for Jefferson Parish and candidate for Jefferson Parish President
  • John Young, candidate for Lt. Governor of Louisiana
  • E. "Ben" Zahn, District 4 Councilman for Jefferson Parish

2014 Apprenticeship Contest

Skills on Display!

Apprenticeship Competition Illustrates Why Interior Systems and General Carpentry Manpower from the Central South Regional Council is the Industry’s Best

There were spectators, food and drink, invited guests and even an awards ceremony, but for the event’s participants, the atmosphere was anything but festive. Five interior systems and five general carpentry apprentices, representing Texas, Tennessee, Louisiana, Florida, Georgia and Oklahoma, were focused intently on their projects and worked diligently to earn a victory in the United Brotherhood of Carpenters’ Southern District Apprenticeship Contest.

The annual event was held this year at the Austin Training Center on November 14 and 15. Contestants spent the first day working a written test. The second day was all hands-on work at individual stations, where competitors were tasked with a project that required expert combinations of various carpentry skills. Participants did not disappoint those who came to see elite carpenter skills in action, especially if observers were watching the Central South Carpenters Regional Council apprentices. Central South apprentices swept the competition by winning the interior systems and general carpentry divisions!

Will McFarlin of Local 429 in Arlington won for general carpentry, while Nathan Watt of Local 1266 in Austin won the interior systems competition. Eddie Addison, another Central South member from Local 1846 in New Orleans, took third place in general carpentry, and Daquari Davis of Tulsa Local 943 placed fifth in the interior systems division.

"The level of skills that these young men displayed was at a superior productivity and skill level. But that is the standard we demand of our veteran members, so these apprentices are in a great place to help solve the labor shortage in this region now and for years to come," said Jason Engels, executive secretary-treasurer of the Central South Carpenters Regional Council (CSCRC).

Austin Scaffold Rodeo

Participants, sponsors and guest spent the afternoon watching some of the best in the business erect scaffolding in a friendly completion – The Scaffold Builders Rodeo! The event took place at the  newly constructed headquarters of the Central South Carpenters Regional Council – Carpenter & Millwright Training Center.

Four Teams registered for the rodeo with each team consisting of a four people. The teams represented Houston Carpenters Local Union 551, California, Florida, and Austin, Texas. Carpenters Local Union 551 team members were; Jose I. Vallecillo Jr., Santiago C. Perez, Antonio Moreno, Ramiro Moreno.

The event was a joint effort between the Central South Carpenters Regional Council, Scaffold & Access Industry Association, Layher, Inc. Scaffold Dawgs, Miller by Honeywell, Doug Holman, Common Sense Safety Solutions, and Scaffoldworker.com. The purpose of the event was to showcase the talent of a scaffold builder, and the ease of use of Layer Scaffold material.  Also the event displayed the skill and the training needed to be productive and safe when performing scaffold work, and it showcased the latest safety equipment used in scaffold work.

The event started at 12:30 P.M. and took place in the parking lot of the Austin, Texas CSCRC training facility. The contest concluded at approximately 1:30 P.M. The four judge panel was made up of sponsors and educators. Judges for the event evaluated the participants on planning, communication, teamwork, safety and production. The prevailing team finished the project, a two bay, nineteen-foot, cantilevered deck Layher Scaffold in thirty eight minutes. Each of the 1st place team members was awarded safety gear and a five hundred dollar gift card from Home Depot all donated by sponsors of the event. It was a proud day for Local Union 551 members and Houston training center staff as the judges announced the winning team. All teams were honored and provided trophies and safety gear for their skill in the craft and participation in the event. In all, the entire event was a huge success, bringing together union and non-union carpenters, vendors and scaffold companies working together to build a stronger, safer industry for clients.