Terry spent his entire career advancing the carpentry trade, from his early days as an apprentice to his two decades leading our organization. He ushered the union through the Great Recession, sought pay increases for our members, and developed innovative programs to keep our members and contractors leaders in the marketplace.Without a doubt, Terry Nelson was the most progressive labor leader in the construction industry for many years. Under his leadership, the Carpenters built a state-of-the-art Carpenter Training Center in Affton.
Terry cared very much about the St. Louis community as a whole and was involved in numerous ventures trying to help improve the lives of the disadvantaged.
More than anything, Terry will be remembered for his unwavering commitment to supporting working families and improving the lives of our members with fair wages, superior benefits and the ability to retire with dignity.
Our entire Carpenter family mourns his passing, and our prayers are with his family and friends at this time.
Read his obituary here.