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Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak Announces Stay at Home Directive – April 1, 2020

Nevada Construction and Development Assembly – April 1, 2020

Statement on Construction Stoppage at MSG Sphere – April 1, 2020

Tips for Finding and Securing Contracts – April 1, 2020

L.A. Building and Safety Announcement No. 5 – March 31, 2020

Arizona Governor Doug Ducey Issues Stay at Home Executive Order – March 30, 2020

Carpenters Communication on HR 6201 – Families First Coronavirus Response Act March 27, 2020

Families First Coronavirus Response Act Becomes Law  March 26, 2020

New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham Deemed Construction as “Essential” March 24, 2020

President Pete Rodriguez Announces Additional CUPP Stipend For Eligible MembersMarch 23, 2020

Arizona Governor Doug Ducey Deemed Construction an “Essential Service” March 23, 2020

Colorado Governor Jared Polis Identifies Construction as “Critical” March 20, 2020

EST Dan Langford announces May 1st payout of accumulated vacation to qualifying members March 20, 2020

California construction workers prepare to mobilize for coronavirus surge response March 20, 2020

Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak Identifies Construction as “Essential” March 20, 2020

EST Langford’s Statement on California and Nevada Executive Orders – March 20, 2020

EST Langford’s Message to Our Partners on California and Nevada Executive Orders– March 20, 2020

California Governor Newsom Declares Construction Essential in Executive Order– March 19, 2020

A Letter From the General President – UBC General President Doug McCarron– March 19, 2020

Nevada Health Response COVID-19 Risk Mitigation Initiative– March 18, 2020

CA Governor Newsom Issues New Executive Order Further Enhancing State and Local Government’s Ability to Respond to COVID-19 Pandemic– March 17, 2020

As Carpenters, we’re essential members of our communities, our cities, and our state. Now, more than ever, we’re needed to keep the infrastructure and essential services our families depend on going strong.

We understand what’s at stake and we will, as we always have, do what needs to be done to secure the safety of our Carpenter families, co-workers, and communities.

In the coming days, the SWRCC will be rolling out measures to help our members deal with the impacts that the COVID-19 pandemic is having on their day-to-day life.  Stay tuned to this page for the latest updates, resources and FAQs.

Carpenters, take comfort in knowing that your Union has your back. And feel confident that when this runs its course, we’ll still be standing strong and doing everything we can to help get our local economies up and running quickly.

Stay safe, stay healthy, and stay strong.


Dan Langford
Executive Secretary-Treasurer
Southwest Regional Council of Carpenters



Should I Stay Home from Work?

As Union members, we pride ourselves on our training and professionalism. Maintain contact with your employers to understand when you are scheduled for work, and make every effort to report if you are symptom free and feel comfortable doing so. All employees on the jobsite should follow the advice of experts in practicing social distancing, proper hygiene, and other protective measures suggested here.

Those members who show any symptoms should report that to their supervisors and should refer to the CDC guidelines.

Are Training Centers and Apprenticeship Classes Open?

For up-to-date information on training centers, please visit Southwest Carpenters Training Fund website:

Are Local Offices Open?

Please call your local office prior to making an in-person visit to verify that it is open and to see if your business with the local can be conducted via phone. Currently, all locals are open. But, this may change as additional governmental orders are issued.

Do I have to be symptom-free to go to work? 

During this state of emergency, employers are legally allowed to require employees to be symptom-free in order to be on the jobsite.

What if my job site is forced to shut down?

Contact your local office.

Is the SWRCC Office Open?

Our staff is focused on serving our members. Your representatives will continue to be a resource to members and active in their duties on jobsites. Please contact your local office if you have any questions or issues.


Can I require my employees to be symptom-free to work?

During this state of emergency, employers are legally allowed to require employees to be symptom-free in order to be on the jobsite.

How should I pay employees who are directed to self-quarantine?

Employees that are asked to self-quarantine should be paid show-up pay (Article IX, Section 902.2 of the MLA; Article XX, Section 4(a)-(c) of the Interior/Exterior Agreement).

Employees that are asked to self-quarantine should also be paid in full at the time of discharge (Article XVI, Section 1608 of the MLA; Article XX, Section 4(d) of the Interior/Exterior Agreement).

What if our jobsite is forced to shut down?

Please contact Contract Administration  at 213.385.1457 or email

Can I take the temperature of employees prior to allowing them on the job site?​
The Carpenters will not oppose noninvasive methods of taking temperature during this pandemic, but it is the responsibility of the employer to ensure that those methods are within the bounds of any laws (such as the ADA).
How should a Contractor implement the HR 6201 The Families First Coronavirus Response Act?

Please see this communication to contractors and this flyer published by the DOL.