Keystone Mountain Lakes Council Reorganization
Bill Sproule assistant EST of the Keystone Mountain Lakes Regional Council presented an overview of the reorganization of the council and council objectives for 2019 at the October 23rd DISCA membership meeting.
Sproule said the council is projecting 20M ft2 of construction in 2019 in NJ, Philadelphia and the four counties surrounding Philadelphia. He stated the council is increasing its focus on utilization of pinpoint dollars to help union contractors compete for smaller jobs, and noted successes in construction of CVS, Walgreens and Starbucks stores.
Sproule reported that council representatives had met with NJ Department of Labor to discuss misclassification of workers, and noted they had a very positive response.In response to a question about provisional journeymen, Sproule stated there were approximately 125 provisionals in NJ, but there were problems with them moving up to full pay, causing issues with assembling a blended rate. He noted that contractors could use a combination of journeymen, provisionals and apprentices to develop a competitive rate, and augment that with pinpoint money. He stated the council would continue to work with contractors to develop creative solutions for blended rates.
Sproule stated the council was working with HFMA and the legislature to create a prevailing wage for residential construction.
In response to a question about manpower availability, Sproule noted there were approximately 200 journeymen in each local that were unemployed. He stated the council was working on revising its referral procedure to ensure that the right person was sent to the right job. He noted that contractors can ask for specific skill sets when requesting carpenters.
Following is an updated contact list for the locals in NJ
Send Pin-Point Requests to the following Team Leads according to what county the project is located in:
Local 253 - Passaic, Bergen, Essex and Hudson - Pete Gowing - firstname.lastname@example.org
Local 254 - Sussex, Warren, Morris, Hunterdon, Somerset, Union, Middlesex and Mercer: Anthony Abrantes - email@example.com
Local 255 - Monmouth, Ocean, Burlington, Camden, Gloucester, Atlantic, Salem, Cumberland, Cape May - Bruce Garganio - firstname.lastname@example.org
Always cc: Melissa Lund at email@example.com. You can also contact Melissa for forms.
After you’ve been awarded a project, please send the Request for Contract to Melissa Lund.
NEW JERSEY REGION – CONTACTS
Local 253 Hackensack Team Room
36 Bergen Street
Hackensack, New Jersey 07601
Peter Gowing, Area Manager
George Schreck, Team Leader
Joe Elmo, Local 253 President
Local 254 Edison Team Room
Raritan Plaza II, Suite A18
91 Fieldcrest Avenue
Edison, New Jersey 08837
Anthony Abrantes, Team Leader
Anthony Verrelli, Local 254 President
Local 255 Mullica Team Room
3000 White Horse Pike
Mullica Township, New Jersey 08037
Bruce Garganio, Area Manager
Edward Hagaman, Team Leader
Drywall & Interior Systems Contractors Association – New Jersey
390 Amwell Road, Suite 402 | Hillsborough, NJ 08844