John Ballantyne, Executive Secretary-Treasurer (EST) of the NRCC: "This will create more significant leverage with contractors in collective negotiations, streamline our work rules, and provide contractors an even broader selection of a specialized labor force with key skillsets."
EDISON, N.J. – The Northeast Regional Council of Carpenters (NRCC), is welcoming 13,567 new members who have joined the Council following the announcement from the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America (UBCJA) that the Metropolitan Regional Council of Carpenters (MRCC) and some locals under its jurisdiction have been disbanded and merged into the NRCC.
John Ballantyne, Executive Secretary-Treasurer (EST) of the NRCC, said the new members bring the Council to nearly 40,000 members covering the states of Delaware and New Jersey, plus parts of Maryland, New York and Pennsylvania. "This is an exciting opportunity for our organization. It will enhance benefits for our membership and expand market opportunities for contractor partners throughout the Council's geographical jurisdiction," Ballantyne said.
"This will create more significant leverage with contractors in collective negotiations, streamline our work rules, and provide 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," Ballantyne added.
The UBC’s mission is to create abundant work opportunities, put members to work and make sure they are being paid a fair wage with strong benefits, while building the most highly skilled carpenters in construction. "This action will help us fulfill that mission and create significant opportunities for increased market share," Ballantyne 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 and our partners 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."
As explained in a letter from Douglas J. McCarron, the General President of the UBCJA, in addition to the merger with NRCC, some MRCC locals have been disbanded and merged into the Keystone + Mountain + Lakes Regional Council (KMLRCC), based in Pittsburgh, and the Eastern Millwright Regional Council (EMRC), based in Framingham, Mass., with the exception of LU 1402, which will now be affiliated with the Keystone Council.
The Northeast Regional Council of Carpenters headquarters will remain at 91 Fieldcrest Avenue, Raritan Plaza II, Floor 2, Edison, N.J., 08837.