Here is a great story about unions giving back and making a big difference in their community from David Groves, editor for the Washington State Labor Council’s (WSLC‘s) news site The Stand. Groves reports on the Central Washington Building and Construction Trades Council’s (CWBCTC's) volunteer efforts that provided 100% of the labor to build a 14,000-square-foot warehouse for Second Harvest, a network of 250 neighborhood food banks and meal centers throughout eastern Washington and north Idaho.
CWBCTC Vice President William Smith told Groves:
It was like an old-fashioned community barn raising. Construction continued through the  summer, mostly on Fridays and Saturdays since most of the members worked during the week. Every single affiliated union participated. We also had several pre-apprenticeship programs from the Columbia Basin Job Corps work alongside our journey-level workers in their respective trades.