Get Involved


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Being involved in the political process ensures the growth and security of working people and their families. Political action is an opportunity for members to have hands on involvement in city and state politics. A member’s participation in designated actives can be counted toward mandatory union participation. We organize events and programs for members to speak to other members about candidates and the importance of voting. Often our involvement in key political races changes the outcome. It is crucial for members to be advocates to make union voices heard.




Here’s how you can get involved right now:

Carpenters RISE:

The Carpenters RISE campaign a member-focused movement within the union that empowers, trains, and prepares members to become involved in the political process. By being a part of the RISE campaign, members are directly involved on electing labor-friendly candidates in their communities and beyond who will support carpenter issues and protect our job security, good wages, and hard-earned benefits. 

Become a Carpenters RISE Volunteer and Influencer:

Sign up to join the Carpenters RISE movement and to be contacted for various trainings, interviews, and other volunteer opportunities! You will be contacted as RISE opportunities become available.

Register to Vote:

To advance our interests as a union and advocate for all workers, it is pivotal that all members exercise their right to vote. Lean more about how to register to vote.

Contribute to the PAC to Build Carpenter Power:

We need your help in protecting our values by building a strong PAC.  The District Council’s PAC fund is our most effective tool for electing labor-friendly candidates and for pushing legislation that will secure good-paying union jobs and more work hours. For just $.5 an hour, or $2 a week, you can help get more union jobs, increase hours, and protect our benefits. Sign up for our PAC today. 

Community Boards:

Community boards are representative bodies in local communities. They are involved in land use and zoning issues; making recommendations in conjunction with city agencies to the city budget; and addressing community concerns. In New York City, there are 59 community boards comprised of 50 members. Half of the board is nominated by the district city council member. The Borough President appoints members to the community board for two-year terms. To be appointed, community members must be actively involved in the community board, this can be attending meetings or joining a committee. When a community board has an opening, an application will become available on the community board website. Look up your local community board. 

For more information on any of the above political action, email Eric Soto at