Labour Day 2020

In 1881, Peter J. McGuire helped found the United Brotherhood of Carpenters. In 1882, he proposed the idea of Labour Day to become a national holiday. Peter J. McGuire is now known as the founder of Labour Day. 

This Labour day, we want to remember our past and continue to build our future. We are stronger in numbers and we would like to thank all our membership for their continued strength and dedication. We would like to wish you and your families a safe and happy Labour Day weekend. 


On August 12th, 1881, Peter J. McGuire organized a convention in Chicago for 36 carpenters from 11 different cities. And with that, the United Brotherhood of Carpenters was born.

From 1881 to 2020, our union has accomplished so much. We’ve weathered many storms, but always come out stronger. As we continue to mentor and educate the newest generation of union carpenters, we always uphold the UBC’s legacy of hard work, top-notch training, and strong leadership.

ACRC Executive 2020

Yesterday we had an exciting day at each of the offices across Atlantic Canada. We held our very first Virtual Delegate Convention and elected our ACRC Executive. We want to say a big thank you to all our ACRC Delegates for participating and for everyone who ran for positions.

We are happy to present your 2020 ACRC Executive:
Executive Secretary-Treasurer – Debbie Romero
President – Gord Jacobs
Vice President – Mike Williams
Exec Committee Member 1 – Jim Dawson
Exec Committee Member 2 – Tony MacDougall
Trustee 1 – Jeff Richardson
Trustee 2 – Joe Madore
Trustee 3 – Paul Pelley
Conductor – Alan Kornelson
Warden – Darrell Melvin


National Nursing Week

Happy National Nursing Week!

Nursing Week is meant to recognize the contributions that Licensed Practical Nurses and Registered Nurses constantly make to our friends and loved ones lives. Their hard work and dedication has never been more apparent than during this pandemic. Please join me in giving a heartfelt thank you to each and every one of them.

Deb Romero
ACRC Executive Secretary-Treasurer

Tele Town Hall Was A Success!

I would like to thank the nearly 3000 members that took part in last night’s Tele Town Hall meeting. This was the first time our Council has attempted to reach out to our entire membership body in a live format. Many of you called in with great questions and unfortunately we were unable to get to all of you as we had a limited amount of time on the call. If we didn’t get to your question, I want to remind you that in the next few days someone will contact you to answer your question or address your concern.

If you, or someone you know was unaware of the call please check with us to ensure we have the proper phone number and / or email on file. It is your primary contact number in our system that got called. We did follow up with an email to the membership letting them know if they didn’t get a call or got disconnected there was a number to dial in and they would be able to join the meeting.

These are challenging times and we want to keep the lines of communication open. I look forward to future virtual town hall meetings where members can get updated on what is happening and have their questions answered.

EST Deb Romero

COVID-19 Memo from EST (Week 1)

Brothers and Sisters:

Update on ACRC Response to the Coronavirus Public Health Emergency

A month ago, we could never have imagined that our provinces, our country and the world we live in could have changed so dramatically.  As COVID-19 continues to rapidly spread we must ensure we take all possible safety precautions as advised by medical officials and government. In response to those recommendations, last week the Atlantic Canada Regional Council closed our doors to our membership and the public.  However, members can still reach us by phone, email, or by texting.  If a member needs to see a representative in person, this can be arranged by calling ahead to make an appointment. We are working with a skeleton crew in our offices, but we are still here to serve you.

During difficult times such as these stresses can be at a maximum.  Social distancing is a difficult practice for Atlantic Canadians who are normally community-oriented people.  Many members and their families are confined to their homes with toddlers, adolescents or teens that are bored out of their minds, or with elderly parents who require special care. Some members have to live alone, as they sit home day in and day out. In addition, finances are uncertain for many.  I encourage members to utilize the services provided by our health and welfare plan if the stresses become more than they can handle.  In addition, most provincial governments are offering extra services at this time.  We will post links to these resources on our website, and send out contact information via email as it becomes available.  


The economic impact COVID-19 is having on our membership and their families is very severe.  Two weeks ago, there were close to 5000 members working or in the process of being dispatched in Atlantic Canada and, with the work that was about to start in the coming weeks, we expected that number to reach close to 6000.  Today that number has plummeted to approximately 1600.  This is a result of most of the larger industrial sites closing and some of the commercial sites reducing workforce numbers to comply with the mandated social distancing policies.  Another factor is that many members did not feel safe for a variety of reasons – their own health issues, or health issues of loved ones at home.  Each individual member must do what is best for themselves and their families at this time and, whatever their choice, it should be respected.

No one can truly prepare for what I can only describe as the “unimaginable”.  Having said that, I will continue to work with the Executive Board and Delegates of the Atlantic Canada Regional Council to ensure that we have a solid plan in place to assist our members through this challenging time, and to ensure that our offices and our membership are well prepared when work commences in the coming weeks.  As services and assistance come available, we will keep you informed.

Taking a moment throughout your day to call someone who may be struggling with the self- isolation rules, overwhelmed financially, or simply scared of what is happening around us, is a positive step that may make them and you feel supported during this negative situation. We are versatile people and we will get through this.  We are proud Atlantic Canadians.  Stay healthy, stay safe and God Bless.

In Solidarity,

Deb Romero
ACRC Executive Secretary-Treasurer

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