Union programs offer training, opportunity
By TIM ROWDEN
The Rockwood Labor Club is participating in a “Veterans Open House Stand Down” program to “Give A Hand Up – Not A Handout” to veterans from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17, at the Eureka-Pacific Elks Lodge, 19 West 1st Street in Eureka.
Labor Club members will man a booth to relay information about North America’s Building Trades Unions’ “Helmets to Hard Hats” program and the United Association’s VIP (Veterans In Piping) program.
“We’re going to have a booth there with handouts and leaflets about both of these programs, and we’re going to have some of our members there who have gone through or are going through both of these programs to talk to the veterans who come out,” said Labor Club President Marty McClimens (Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 562).
Eureka-Pacific Elks Veterans Committee Chairman Mike Jeffries said the program, hosted by the Elks, is open to all veterans and active duty military to provide them with the assistance they may need in transitioning to civilian life.
HELMETS TO HARDHATS
Helmets to Hardhats connects quality men and women from the Armed Forces with promising building and construction careers.
The national, nonprofit program connects National Guard, Reserve, retired and transitioning active-duty military service members with skilled training and quality career opportunities in the construction industry. The program is designed to help military service members successfully transition back into civilian life by offering them the means to secure a quality career in the construction industry. You can find out more at the open house or at: helmetstohardhats.org.
VETERANS IN PIPING
The Veterans In Piping (VIP) program is a unique, nationwide effort by the United Association of Plumbers & Pipefitters (UA) to help returning veterans obtain job skills, and help journeymen upgrade the skills needed for specific jobs.
The program helps equip military service members preparing to leave the service with sought after skills that can lead to lifelong careers in the increasingly in-demand pipe trades. Through 18-week accelerated courses - provided free of cost on military bases across the country - VIP participants earn industry-recognized certifications and a direct entry into solid private-sector jobs with good pay and benefits. You can find out more at the open house or at uavip.org.
The open house will also include booths and representatives providing information on:
- VA benefits
- VA enrollment
- VA mental health services
- Treatment and counseling
- Support groups
- Family services
- Educational opportunities
For more information, contact Mike Jeffries at 314-807-3242 or Steve Jeffries at 636-938-6744.