August 7, 2018
Local 254 President Anthony Verelli Sworn In As Assemblyman In LD 15
(TRENTON) – Long-time public servant Anthony Verrelli has been sworn in as the 15th legislative district representative in the New Jersey General Assembly.
Verrelli, who was sworn in on August 5 at a ceremony in Hamilton Township, joins Assemblywoman Verlina Reynolds Jackson in representing the 15th legislative district. Verrelli is replacing former Assemblyman Reed Gusciora who stepped down last month after being elected mayor of the City of Trenton. Verrelli was sworn in by Reynolds-Jackson.
The 15th district covers East Amwell, Ewing, Hopewell Borough, Hopewell Township (Mercer), Lambertville, Lawrence (Mercer), Pennington, Trenton, West Amwell and West Windsor.
July 26, 2018
Verelli Wins LD 15 Assembly Tilt
Anthony Verrelli once walked into the Statehouse wearing a tool belt, and now he will go in there as a voting member of that statewide governing body. Verrelli – president of Carpenters Local 254 – tonight prevailed in his bid to fill the LD15 Assembly vacancy.
He won by five votes over rival Jeff Laurenti.
Outdueled in his first bid for an LD15 vacancy when Liz Muoio went to the Murphy Administration to serve as treasury secretary, Verrelli – a Mercer County Freeholder – tonight won the assembly seat vacated by Trenton Mayor Reed Gusciora.
July 17, 2018
Verelli Officially Announces LD 15 Candidacy
Mercer County Freeholder Anthony S. Verrelli of Hopewell today declared his candidacy for the 15th Legislative District Assembly seat, which was vacated by Trenton Mayor Reed Gusciora. Verrelli is the current President of Keystone + Mountain + Lakes Regional Council of Carpenters Local 254.
Verrelli will hold a press conference on the steps of the New Jersey Statehouse in Trenton on July 18 at 12 p.m.
“I am excited to announce my candidacy to fill the vacancy of the 15th Legislative District Assembly seat, which was recently vacated by new City of Trenton Mayor Reed Gusciora,” said Verrelli. “If elected, I will look to extend Reed’s legacy of being a strong Democratic voice in the State House, making sure Mercer and Hunterdon are well represented in the State of New Jersey and making a difference in the lives of middle-class families who live in the 15th District.
July 17, 2018
Hispanic Business Expo
We connected our organization with a growing market at New Jersey's Largest Hispanic Business Expo on July 17, 2018 at the Pines Manor in Edison, NJ. It was a great opportunity to showcase our Union through networking, community outreach, referrals, and brand awareness. The expo provided opportunities to meet influential Hispanic leaders and potential clients.
July 6, 2018
American Labor Museum Volunteer Project
This past Saturday we completed a volunteer project at the American Labor Museum / Botto House National Landmark in Haledon, NJ. Council Representative Robert Hopkins along with several volunteers built a new observatory deck.
"The American Labor Museum advances public understanding of the history of work, workers and the labor movement throughout the world, with special attention to the ethnicity and immigrant experience of American workers. The Museum is headquartered in the historic Botto House National Landmark, the 1908 home of immigrant silk mill workers."
"In the winter of 1913 more than 24,000 men, women, and children marched out of Paterson, New Jersey’s silk mills calling for decent working conditions, an end to child labor, and an eight-hour day. Pietro and Maria Botto offered their home overlooking a green as a meeting place for strikers. Upton Sinclair, Elizabeth Gurley Flynn and other champions of labor spoke from the 2nd-floor balcony to workers of many nationalities. This action and others like it brought about reforms in the workplace broadly enjoyed by Americans today."
June 13, 2018
Honoring The Field
This article is dedicated to the men and women who work in the field. Yes, contractors in our industry take 100% of the risk, but they can do nothing alone. It takes the combined effort and integrity of the tens of thousands of dedicated union craft workers who together build our communities, our states and our nation. They deserve respect and should be honored for their efforts every day.
It angers me that sometimes those who work in our industry do not get the recognition for the expertise they bring to their jobs – not to mention their work ethic and the sacrifices they make pulling two or even three-hour commutes each way to support their families. Success is not a cubicle and a keyboard for everyone. Our craftsmen and women create things of lasting value with their heads, hearts and hands — and often make a very good living doing so. Some people simply can’t appreciate the fact it might not fit their ideal of what “success” is in America today.
My dad was a union Carpenter and went on to become a union contractor. My grandfather and great-grandfather were blue-collar Italians who went on to become builders in San Francisco. They all worked their asses off. Their work ethic was legendary. It was their example — not my college GPA — that made me who I have become. The roots of America were forged by working people. And construction, most interestingly, has been the economic ladder used for more than a hundred years by those who wanted a better life. First the Irish, Italians, Chinese, Eastern Europeans and African Americans climbed that ladder. Now Mexican and Central American craftworkers are doing the same. Some were discriminated against or looked down upon at first, but they kept going, fueled by their total commitment to their own potential, their families and their future. They chipped away enough to create a handhold on the American Dream. They deserve the honor and respect for their hard-won success against so many odds.
In today’s society, young people often admire those who have made fortunes by creating ideas. Yes, we are in the “idea economy” today, and to a lot of young people it looks easy and accessible. But the world doesn’t operate solely on a fast-money digital platform. Working people still form the backbone of what makes America great. I have tried hard in my parenting to pass that message on to my children. The lady at McDonald’s in her paper hat; the maid at our hotel; the truck driver in that rig; the janitor at your school; the waitress at Chili’s – they are not there to serve you. They are there because that is the best job they can get to take care of their families. And they may have another job on top of it. And you, I tell my children, will pay attention; you will stop and appreciate them. And you will not take for granted any advantage life provides for you. Working people work hard, and they will be respected for it.
Construction Unions and Associations have a similar philosophy. They support and serve union contractors who are committed to providing their workers what they need and deserve. Those who work for union companies receive some of the highest pay and best benefits in the nation, and they know that is something to live up to. There are cheaper ways to do contracting – but it is often on the backs of those who do the work. These contractors (many of whom carry frayed union cards in their wallets) understand their people and have a kinship with them that transcends the paycheck. They understand the importance of working people, and no matter their own success, they know that without those willing and loyal craft workers, there can be no industry.
Honor the field – it’s the right thing to do.
May 31, 2018
Community Garden Planting
This past weekend Carpenters local 254 participated in a community garden planter box build. We built approximately 20 planter boxes for a community garden.
The local was represented by Robert Hopkins and approximately 20 members donated their time to a good cause. The planter boxes were built in conjunction with the Morris County Parks Commission.
May 14, 2018
Harnessing The Power Of The Milennial Workforce
Executives from Bayer, Investors Bank, NJ Advance Media, Robert Wood Johnson Barnabas Health, SUEZ and Wawa shared how they have embraced this generation of workers and achieved workplace success. Attendees also had the opportunity to hear from millennials actively engaged in the workforce who shared their insights into the unique strengths of and challenges facing their generation in today’s labor market.
Millennials will comprise 40% of the workforce population by 2020.
Is your business prepared?
May 14, 2018
Grow It Green Morristown Community Garden Build
This past year carpenters Local 254 participated in a community garden planter box build. We built approximately 100 planter boxes for a community garden.
Ribbon Cutting participants included Robert Hopkins & John Laden.
May 11, 2018
Who's Who In Building & Construction Showcase
At this event we networked with contractors, owners, and developers in an effort secure more market share through our skilled workforce and qualified contractor base.
Attendees were able to:
- Connect with hundreds of local subs, suppliers, and specialty contractors (including MWBEs)
- Get face-to-face with the people bidding on your jobs
- Get introduced to new technology right on the Showcase floor
- Create new vendor lists
- Bring qualifications to the table
- Talk to local decision-makers who require your products or trade
- Connect with customers and build relationships with potential new ones
- Market to engaged prospects with special sponsorship opportunities
- Take advantage of a huge market all in a single location
May 11, 2018
Morris County School of Technology Recruitment
At this event, we gave a presentation to the junior and senior carpentry students at the Morris County School of Technology. After our presentation, we scheduled the seniors for the entry exam and a tour of our training center. We get the best and brightest carpenters in the industry in our apprentice program from their school. Over the last 2 years we have brought in approximately 20 students from their carpentry program and this year we anticipate 7 more. Pictured below are our 2 apprentice coordinators Mark Keple and Robert Hopkins, the Carpentry Instructor Scott Weems along with all the students.
May 3, 2018
Choose Your Path:
21st Century Career Information Event
We had the opportunity sit alongside some of New Jersey’s Top Companies in a recruitment effort that consisted of meeting with parents, students, and guidance counselors.
Attendees were able to hear from executives at top New Jersey companies who shared their stories and provided information on how to connect to training and resources that will support the workforce bound high school student in choosing a career path that is not only rewarding, but supports financial security and independence in some of New Jersey's high demand industries!