Become a Carpenter Apprentice

Are you interested in starting a career in carpentry? Visit the Carpenters Training Facility in Philadelphia, starting on January 16th, to apply for a career in one of the following trades: Carpenter, Mill/Cabinetmaker, Millwright, Resilient Floor Layer and Wharf & Dock Builder. Applicants must apply in person from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. on one of the following dates: January 16, 17, 18, 20, 23, 24, 25, 27, 30 and 31 and February 1 and 3. Test day is Saturday, March 10, 2018.

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Message from EST John Ballantyne - November 30, 2017

Dear Members,

As we read the disturbing news of numerous claims of sexual harassment in the workplace, this is an appropriate time to remind all members that The Northeast Regional Council of Carpenters is committed to ensuring that all of our Contractors, Shops and other venues, maintain a workplace free of sexual harassment and discrimination based on race, color, creed, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, and any other protected status covered by Title VII of the Civil Rights Act or other pertinent state or city statutes.  Member to member sexual harassment is also in violation of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners Constitution, and all members are instructed that this behavior will not be tolerated, and that offenses could result in both discipline from an employer, and in charges filed against the harasser by the Union.

It is the employers’ primary legal obligation to provide a workplace free of harassment. However, a union must conduct an immediate and serious investigation of a members’ claim of harassment and or discrimination. In addition to the law, most labor contracts provide prohibitions against harassment.  Council Representatives have been instructed to take these matters seriously and to take the necessary actions to ensure that member’s rights are protected. Actions may involve in mediating disputes between members. However, in any mediated settlement of an issue between members, the complainant must be full agreement with the resolution, failing that, the Council Representative may file a complaint or grievance with Management on behalf of the member who was harassed.

If you are subjected to sexual harassment on the job , you should not tolerate it. Gather all pertinent facts, and contact your Council Representative and he/she will take immediate action to protect your rights in the workplace. 

As members of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America, we have a special  responsibility to assist our fellow members and to treat one another with dignity and respect.  I am calling on each of you to be mindful of that important responsibility.



John Ballantyne

Frequently Asked Questions for New Members of the Northeast Regional Council of Carpenters (NRCC)

 Information about Dues, Where to Make Payments, Key Contacts and other important information are posted farther down this page.

Latest Update: Delegates, Council Representatives and Officers for New Locals Released

Please see the letter, linked here, from General President Douglas McCarron regarding interim and new appointments to serve each of the Locals 158, 164, 167, 173, 177 and 179.


Q: Is my union hall closing?

Many locals have been re-formed under the jurisdiction of the NRCC. At this time they will continue to utilize the same facilities until we make a determination of what will best serve the members.


Q: What procedures should I follow for out-of-work rules and dispatch?

The procedures remain the same for now. But as we move forward, we will look to incorporate an electronic process that will use an algorithm of skills, geographic locations, availability and certifications to ensure that the dispatching system operates fairly and efficiently.

Q: Will my dues payments change?

-- Your dues amount will be $21/month.

-- Retirees and disabled dues will remain the same until further notice

-- Checks are to be made payable to the new local number

Q: Where Do I Mail Dues Payments?

Local 158 – Formerly Local 8, Local 37, Local 1050, Local 1073 and Local 1856
Send to:
1803 Spring Garden Street
Philadelphia, PA 19130

Local 164 – Formerly Local 122 and Local 465
Send to:
1803 Spring Garden Street
Philadelphia, PA 19130
*updated Feb. 25th, 2016*

Local 167-- Formerly Local 600, Local 1462 and Local 1595
Send to:
c/o Annette Bloss
1818 Vultee St 
Allentown, PA 18103

Local 173 – Formerly Local 626, local 845, and Local 2012
Send to:
626 Wilmington Road
New Castle, DE 19720

Local 177 – Formerly Local 101, local 132 and Local 1694
Send to:
801 W. Patapsco Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21230

Mill Cabinet Local 252 – Formerly Local 359
Send to:
NRCC Local Union 252
91 Fieldcrest Avenue
Raritan Plaza II, Suite A22
Edison, NJ 08837

Flooring Local 251 – Formerly Local 1823
Send to:
NRCC Local Union 251
91 Fieldcrest Avenue
Raritan Plaza II, Suite A22
Edison, NJ 08837

Local 179 – Formerly Local 454 and Local 2311
Send to:
1803 Spring Garden Street
Philadelphia, PA 19130

Q: I'm a member. How will this impact me and my local?

Your local may change but the industry has not. You will continue to work under the same collective bargaining agreement you are currently working under. With our expanded ability to represent a larger number of employees in a particular craft jurisdiction, our strength as an organizing power will also grow.

Additionally, the combined resources of the newly formed Council enhance our ability to negotiate on behalf of a greater workforce, which builds more leverage for the union and advantages for the contractor base.

Overall, this will create more significant leverage with contractors in collective negotiations and streamline our work rules, while enabling us to bring in additional staff members to help us grow in key markets. It will reduce operating costs of the councils and all the locals involved.

Q: What about my pension, annuity, and health and welfare benefits?

For the immediate future, your pension, annuity, and health and welfare contributions and terms and conditions of your benefits will remain unchanged. At this time, there is no consideration on the merger of any pension, annuity, or health and welfare funds.

Q: How will this impact my work with contractors?

Overall, this will maximize our strength in association with our partners in the Philadelphia tri-state area by providing them a broader selection of our specialized labor force.

It creates a consistency with hiring and coordination of available labor, streamlines hiring procedures, and expands their access to a broader selection of our specialized labor force with key skillsets and qualifications.

This will help reduce barriers for workforce mobility and give contractor partners the ability to fill jobs at a moment’s notice, working from a pool of unique craft expertise. It streamlines work force rules and provides contractors the ability to fill jobs at a moment's notice by providing access to an even broader selection of our specialized labor force with key skillsets.

Q: Who do I call if I have questions?

Edison Council Offices: 732-417-9229

Key NRCC contacts can also be found online: