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Thanks for Participating! Now you can win...Cruises and more! Posted by on

A few years ago, NERCC started the Union Participation Program in order to encourage every member to participate in organizing, political or community activity. The request is minimal -- a two-hour commitment.

The program has been a huge success. Thousands of members have participated in hundreds of events. In the past, a smaller group of our members carried the load for the rest of us. Now everyone has a chance to give back. It’s worked.

As a wrap-up to the first NERCC UPP cycle, a major prize giveaway event is being planned for March 11, 2015. It's called Carpenters Appreciation Night.

ALL members who participated in UPP events will be entered! There will be five $5000 vouchers for cruises, and more than a dozen of each of the following prizes: TVs, iPads, surround sounds systems, Sonos 5 and Kindle Voyages.

The drawings will take place at the Carpenters Center in Boston and broadcast live online at Several local unions will be holding additional "watching events," where members can socialize, watch the event live online and get a chance to win additional door prizes.

For details on Carpenters Appreciation Night or to watch the broadcast from home, visit

Local 94 Rep, Tom Savoie, passes suddenly Posted by on

The New England Regional Council of Carpenters would like to express its condolences to the family and friends of Brother Tom Savoie, who earlier this week passed away suddenly. Savoie, 59, was a 36-year member of Local 94 in Rhode Island and had been an Organizer and Representative for the Local for more than 17 years. Savoie was a delegate to the Regional Council and served on numerous boards and committees, including the New England Carpenters Labor Management Program.

Services are through the Urquhart – Murphy Funeral Home at 800-812 Greenwich Avenue (Route 5) in Warwick, RI. Visiting hours are Sunday, February 1st from 1:00 – 4:00 pm. A funeral service will be held at St. Francis of Assisi Parish at 596 Jefferson Boulevard in Warwick on Monday, February 2nd at 10:00 am.

Sisters represent NERCC at UBC Women's Conference Posted by on

Thirty-one Sisters from New England just returned from the fourth International UBC Women’s Conference held at the International Training Center in Las Vegas. 467 members from across the UBC participated in the learning and networking forum.

A key goal of the conferences is to provide women with tools for becoming involved UBC members. During the conference members were able to meet other Sisters in the Brotherhood committee chairs to exchange ideas and discuss goals; meet with women who are full-time staff on councils across the UBC; attended panels including a contractor panel that discussed maintaining hiring goals; and hear from Senator Amy Klobuchar, the first woman elected to represent the State of Minnesota in the United States Senate, who compared her own experience to that of women working in the trades.

Vi Davis (above), a 22-year members of Carpenters Local 67, attended the conference, and was able to share her unique experience as a member of the union family. Sister Davis proudly brought her son, Isaac, into the union. He is a third-year apprentice out of Local 67. The two currently work together for Manganaro on the UMass Boston General Academic Building project.

Local 424 member lost in jobsite accident Posted by on

The union would like to offer its condolences to the family and friends of Steven Reis, a member of Carpenters Local 424 who was killed this week in a jobsite accident in South Boston. An investigation into the incident is ongoing.

Reis, 37, was an 18-year member of the union and leaves behind his wife Jaclyn and daughter, Aubrey. Reis' father, Joaquim, was also a 25-year member of Local 424 who passed away in 2011.

Arrangements for Reis burial have been made through Manuel Rogers & Sons Funeral Home, 1521 N. Main Street in Fall River for Tuesday at 9am, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Michael's Church at 10 and interment in St. Patrick's Cemetery. Calling hours are Monday from 4-8pm.

Building communities and the future of the industry Posted by on

Carpenters from Madison Park Vocational High School in Boston were featured on CBS Boston 4 News last week for their work building a house in the city's Roxbury neighborhood with YouthBuild and the New England Regional Council of Carpenters.

The students are getting real-world experience and working alongside instructors and union carpenters. The story shows the benefits vocational instruction and features students talking about their pride, their skills and their future. One mentions that his goal is to become a union carpenter.

Local 723's Tim Tudor who has worked with YouthBuild, the New England Carpenters Training Fund and numerous community projects, is managing the project and also featured in the piece.

The home will be completed in June and sold to a moderate-income first-time home-buyer.

Local 24 endorses Mayor, hosts re-election announcement Posted by on

New London Mayor Daryl Justin Finizio announced his re-election campaign last week with enthusiastic support from Carpenters Local 24 at their union hall. He is being challenged in his effort to win a second four-year term by a fellow Democrat, City Councilor Michael Passero.

Business Representative Chris Bachant told the New London Day that Local 24 would be endorsing Finizio and that voters would be "hard pressed to find a stronger defender of Connecticut's working families than Mayor Finizio. Mayor Finizio has walked the walk by fighting for working people. We've got his back."

In addition to the overwhelming support of union carpenters in the area, Finizio chose to kick off his campaign at Local 24's hall because his grandfather was a member of the union for 50 years.

Going for GOLD in New England Posted by on

This is what you call a coincidence: Thursday, the US Olympic Committee's announced its selection of Boston to submit a bid for the 2024 Summer Olympics. Saturday, members working for the leading union drywall contractors in New England will compete in the "Drywall Olympics."

The competition, held at the New England Carpenters Training Center in Millbury, was won by Jimmy Houde of Local 67. He'll now move on to the Eastern District competition, where he'll compete for a shot at the national "Drywall Olympics," to be held in Las Vegas. Name is an 11-year member working for Manganaro Norheast, LLC. Second place was won by Local 111's Kane Pelletier from New England Finish Systems while Christopher Donovan of Local 67 and Sweeney Drywall took third.

Also competing were Jack Day of Local 33 (TJ McCartney), Charles Dubina of Local 24 (Centrury Drywall), Mario Ponce of Local 475 (H Carrr & Sons) and Robert Dinicola of Local 40 (McDonald Drywall).

Rumors that winners are rewarded with Gold, Silver and Bronze Metal Studs could not be confirmed.

NERCC Alerts - Sign up today! Posted by on

To keep up with ever-changing technology and continue to improve communication with our members, the New England Regional Council of Carpenters is now sending text messages to members. “NERCC Alerts” will be used to distribute timely important information about jobs, training and events.

Subscribing is easy! Simply text NERCC to 91990 or click here to fill out an online form.