Chicago Regional Council of Carpenters adds 20,000 members

Chicago’s largest carpenters’ union becomes one of the largest in the nation under a new restructuring deal that will nearly double its membership.

The Chicago Regional Council of Carpenters gains 20,000 members from the St. Louis Regional Council that dissolved last week, the union announced Thursday. The move brings Chicago’s total membership to over 50,000.

According to officials from the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America, the change in members of the former Regional Council of Carpenters in the City of St. Louis-Kansas is intended to “increase oversight of operations, reduce costs, maximize available resources and increase market competitiveness”. .

“This reorganization presents real opportunities to grow our market share beyond our 70% goal,” Chicago Area Council Executive Secretary-Treasurer Gary Perinar said in a statement. “It’s a win for our signatory entrepreneurs, it’s a win for the communities in which we live and work, and most importantly, it’s a win for our members.”

The restructuring will not affect existing collective agreements, Perinar said.

In addition to Illinois and Missouri, the Chicago Area Council also represents workers in eastern Iowa.

Elna M. Lemons