The announcement, from Douglas J. McCarron, General President of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America, also includes some former members going to Keystone + Mountain + Lakes Regional Council (KMLRCC) and the Eastern Millwright Regional Council (EMRC), with the exception of LU 1402, which will now be affiliated with the Keystone Council.
EDISON, N.J. -- John Ballantyne, Executive Secretary-Treasurer (EST) of the Northeast Regional Council of Carpenters (NRCC), today announced that the Metropolitan Regional Council of Carpenters (MRCC) will merge into the Northeast Regional Council of Carpenters to create a newly expanded Council.
The NRCC will now be comprised of nearly 40,000 members covering the states of Delaware and New Jersey, plus parts of Maryland, New York and Pennsylvania.
"The expansion of the NRCC is an exciting opportunity for our organization," Ballantyne said. "It will enhance benefits for our membership and expand market opportunities for our members and contractor partners throughout the Council’s geographical jurisdiction."
Edward Coryell, Sr., formerly the EST of the MRCC, who is working closely with the leadership of the newly expanded Council to ensure a smooth transition, said the new regional focus would help streamline work rules and serve the needs of the membership. "This newly expanded structure will improve the collective strength of the union," Coryell added.
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 158 – Formerly Local 8, Local 37, Local 1050, Local 1073 and Local 1856
Local 164 – Formerly Local 122 and Local 465
Local 167—Formerly Local 600, Local 1462 and Local 1595
Local 173 – Formerly Local 626, local 845, and Local 2012
Local 177 – Formerly Local 101, local 132 and Local 1694
Local 179 – Formerly Local 454 and Local 2311
Local 1823 will be dissolved and merged into existing NRCC Council-wide Flooring Local 251
Local 359 will be dissolved and merged into existing NRCC Council-wide Mill Cabinet Local 252
"The expanded Northeast Regional Council of Carpenters will provide new and exciting benefits for all of its members and I look forward to working with the entire membership to ensure they have long-lasting work," added Ballantyne. "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."
In addition to the merger with NRCC, some locals have been disbanded and merged into the Keystone + Mountain + Lakes Regional Council (KMLRCC) and the Eastern Millwright Regional Council (EMRC), with the exception of LU 1402, which will now be affiliated with the Keystone Council, as explained in a letter from Douglas J. McCarron, the General President of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America. The letter can be viewed here. (The Keystone Council's official announcement can be seen here.)