Juan Soto proudly representing Local 2361 after defending his Skills Event title.


On Saturday March 24th, our brothers and sisters joined together at the Ontario Carpenter’s Union Training Center for our 2018 Tournament of Champions. With the support of family and friends, carpenters representing all six of our Southwest Regional states tested their might and competed in our Skills Events, Car Show, and Chili Cook-Off.

Gubernatorial candidate Antonio Villaraigosa looked on as carpenters Lorenzo Ortega and Juan Soto represented the 944 and 2361 local unions well by taking home 1st place prizes in their respective Tournament of Champions Skills Events, with Soto successfully defending his title.

Lorenzo Ortega proudly representing Local 944.

Sunny skies combined with the many hot bowls of specially made carpenters chili added to the warm atmosphere: feelings of pride and unity resonated all afternoon. Through your enthusiasm and dedication to our craft, Southwest Carpenters demonstrated yet again what Union Pride, standing together, shoulder-to-shoulder is all about.