Chicago Regional Council of Carpenters Adds 20,000 Members Under International Union Restructuring

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 will add 20,000 members, boosting the Chicago Carpenters Union’s which will now represent more than 50,000 working men and women across Illinois, Missouri, Kansas and Eastern Iowa. The Chicago Regional Council will continue to provide the construction and maintenance industries with productive, competitive and certified professionals, encompassing a wide variety of crafts and skills.

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. McCarron said the 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.”

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