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Carpenters dissolve area council, now under Chicago oversight

More than 50,000 union carpenters in Illinois, Missouri, Kansas and Eastern Iowa are now under the oversight of the Chicago Regional Council, after a swiftly moving series of actions this week.

According to a press release, The Chicago Regional Council of Carpenters is poised to become one of the largest regional labor unions in the country under a restructuring arrangement that adds 20,000 members, boosting the Chicago Carpenters Union’s total membership to 50,000-plus men and women.

This week, United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America General President Douglas McCarron announced that geographical and trade jurisdiction of the former St. Louis-Kansas City Carpenters Regional Council has been assigned to the Chicago Regional Council.

Industry sources said that last week representatives of the UBC were in St. Louis reviewing records of the STL-KC Council.  On Monday, Al Bond, executive secretary-treasurer of the STL-KC Carpenters Regional Council was removed from office by McCarron, according to press reports.

In a release, McCarron said the jurisdictional decision was made as a means to increase oversight of operations, reduce costs, maximize available resources, and increase market competitiveness.

Gary Perinar, executive secretary-treasurer of the Chicago Regional Council, said he welcomed the new reorganization, which will make the already formidable union even stronger.

“I look forward to building a long and productive working relationship with the representatives, staff, instructors, contractors and members of the former St. Louis-Kansas City Carpenters Regional Council,” said Perinar. “This reorganization presents real opportunities to increase our market share above and beyond our 70 percent target goal. It’s a win for our signatory contractors, it’s a win for the communities in which we live and work, and most importantly, it’s a win for our members.”

Perinar emphasized that the restructuring will not impact the terms of the current collective bargaining agreements including the payment of wages and fringe benefit contributions.

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