Tuesday, April 5, 2011


Tuesday, April 5, 2011
Tricia Mueller, 732-417-9229

Empire State Regional Council of Carpenters to Merge into New Jersey Regional Council of Carpenters to form New Regional Council

HADDONFIELD, NJ – Frank Spencer, Vice President of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America, today announces that the Empire State Regional Council of Carpenters (ESRCC) will merge into the New Jersey Regional Council of Carpenters (NJRCC) to form the Northeast Regional Council of Carpenters (NRCC).

The NRCC will be comprised of 30,000 total members throughout the New Jersey and New York state regions.

“The formation of the NRCC is an exciting opportunity for our union. It will bring many benefits to our members, including more organizational efficiency, enhanced market share and an increase in the value of carpenter brand throughout both regions,” Spencer said.

“In this down economy and challenging marketplace, it is important to ensure that our carpenters are competitive. Our business is to put our members to work, ensure they have plentiful work and make sure they are paid fair market wages. This new Council will help better position our carpenters given the current economic conditions. And, I am convinced that our new strength in numbers make us more viable in New York and New Jersey.

“The newly formed Northeast Regional Council of Carpenters will provide new and exciting benefits for all of its members,” said Michael Capelli, the Executive- Secretary Treasurer of the NRCC. “I look forward to working with the entire membership to make sure they have long-lasting work opportunities throughout the New Jersey and New York state regions.

“I look forward to working with Executive-Secretary Treasurer Michael Capelli on ensuring a smooth and seamless transition. Our commitment to our members remains the same: to ensure openness, transparency and accountability in council operations while representing the best interests of our membership,” concluded Spencer.

An analysis by the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America concluded that in order to increase market share and man-hour opportunities, there should also be a consolidation and/or re-chartering of local affiliates within each state. These new affiliates include:
  • Local 290 – Formerly ESRCC Local # 7
  • Local 279 – Formerly ESRCC Local # 11 and 19
  • Local 291 – Formerly ESRCC Local # 370 and 1042
  • Local 277 – Formerly ESRCC Local # 281 and 747
  • Local 276 – Formerly ESRCC Local # 289, 85 and 66
  • Local 255 – Formerly NJRCC Locals # 121, 393, 542, 623, 1489, 1743, 2018 and 2250
  • Local 254 – Formerly NJRCC Locals # 31, 155, 455, 620, 781 and 1006
  • Local 253 – Formerly NJRCC Locals # 6, 15, 124 and 1342
  • Local 252 – Formerly ESRCC #42 and NJRCC Locals # 821 and 2098
  • Local 251 – Formerly NJRCC Locals # 29 and 2212

Due to their expanded council wide jurisdiction, current NJRCC Local Unions #178 and #39 will remain intact, with their jurisdiction expanding into the former ESRCC region.

The newly formed Council also means the members of the Empire State Regional Council of Carpenters will no longer be under Supervision as it its members will be part of the new regional structure. In light of past challenges, the newly formed NRCC will be committed to improving the oversight of the pension and benefit programs of all its members.

The NRCC will only contain members in the New Jersey and New York state regions and not affect the New York City District Council of Carpenters, which covers the 5 boroughs of New York City.

The new Northeast Regional Council of Carpenters headquarters will be at 91 Fieldcrest Avenue, Raritan Plaza II, Floor 2, Edison, NJ, 08818.


  1. Richard DorroughApril 5, 2011 at 9:12 PM

    Press Release .McCarron Rapes 33 More Locals

  2. Anyone with all the comments on their blogs etc. who are for & against the merger of N.J. & N.Y. Kindly put your name & Local and I will do the same.
    I am from Local 393

  3. Richard DorroughApril 6, 2011 at 2:25 PM

    Richard Dorrough Local 370 against

  4. union members voices were herd oh thats right we we not informed local 277 (formally 281)(formerly 700)


  6. Good news to the people of that region. Appreciable or great improvements.

  7. Where can I get a copy of the by-laws? Richard Bonner local#255

  8. Looks amazing!!!! /I look forward to your feedback /thanks for this man it was very helpful.


  9. We have all been MACKED!Our union is gone,now what?

  10. hello im from buffalo former local 280 member then 289 then 276. i have to say this dont get me wrong i love all the the word union means but what is happening to us members is an out rage. ive got to the hall for help im in a fincial need and put in for a hard ship for the last 2 years and have been given only money that someone sitting in an office my working hours have paid for. now ive been otu of work for a bit now and may lose my home and got a letter from the hall telling thay cant help me or in short thier telling me that i cant have my money because one person said no. like im not asking them to loan me money its money i have worked for and now there going to hold it and watch me lose my home and steal my money. now to me this isnt what the word union is about, whats the saying unions for familys and familys for unions right now i think we shouldnt have to beg for some thing thats is ours and that we have worked for.

  11. We just got the MIX 20/20 system recently. As proof of how well it works, I submit the following: We are in the middle of the work season and I have been out of work for 4 months. My dues are paid up and have been consistantly. The only calls I have gotten are for outside my selected area by at least an entire hours drive. The last automated call wanted me to go almost 4 hours away from my working area.

    I don't know who thought this system was a good idea, but they were WRONG! I have talked with dispatch several times about the system and have determined that not only has it incorporated design flaws, but has failed to overcome conceptual flaws as well. It should be scrapped and the person or persons responsable for forcing it on us should be removed from office and possibly expelled from the Union depending on their motives for spending our money on this farce.

    I speak up anonymously for FEAR OF REPRISAL should anyone in my local learn who I am. Repercussions have been shown to be swiftly and irrevocably handed out and no one wants to be made aware of the truth that this system does not work. Familys are STARVING and people are about to LOSE THEIR HOMES because they can't pay the bills due to being out of work.

    Go back to what worked. Go back to the call center system. It may not have been the most fair system in the world depending on who was running it, but it at least got most of us work that did not require 2+ hour drives to areas we had already stated we were not willing to work in because it was to far from home to justify the time and money spent on gas.


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