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Ross Edelman – Carpenter Apprentice, Local 68

Ross Edelman – Carpenter Apprentice, Local 68

With “Never Quit” tattooed across his chest, you might not be surprised to learn that Ross is a veteran of the United States Marine Corps. And with a personal mantra “Quality is not an act, it’s a habit,” you’d hope he was the union carpenter building your next home or office. Ross grew up in…
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Veterans Get Back To Work Through Helmets to Hardhats

Veterans Get Back To Work Through Helmets to Hardhats

Every year more than 300,000 men and women are discharged from the military. For many, making a successful transition back into the civilian workforce can be trying. On top of facing the challenges all job seekers experience such as updating resumes, networking and completing applications, veterans have the added stress of translating skills learned in…
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Eric Houske – Heat & Frost Insulators and Allied Workers Local 34

Eric Houske – Heat & Frost Insulators and Allied Workers Local 34

It happens to the best of us, no matter how hard we try to avoid it; we all end up like our parents in some way. Growing up in a union family, Eric Houske’s dad ran the apprenticeship and training program for Heat & Frost Insulators and Allied Workers Local 34 – these are the…
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Kaylyn Nygaard – Taper with IUPAT Local 681

Kaylyn Nygaard – Taper with IUPAT Local 681

From the youngest age, kids are asked what they want to be when the grow up. And by 18 and the end of high school, it’s decision time. For Kaylyn Nygaard, her dream job didn’t have too many requirements: Do something new every day, Learn on the job rather than in a classroom, and Work…
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