The coronavirus pandemic has let to layoffs of about 50 union leaders at the United Brotherhood of Carpenters, including Assemblyman Anthony Verrelli (D-Hopewell), the New Jersey Globe has learned.
Verrelli has been laid off from his post as council representative, but retains is post as president of Local Union 254.
The layoffs come as a result of construction site shutdowns throughout the Eastern Atlantic States Regional Council of the Carpenters as a result of COVID-19.
“Because of the hard economic times with the loss of work for members in the seven states we represent council-wide, we had to make tough decisions on a lot of good people,” said Frank Mahoney, a spokesman for the union. “We’re looking forward to when this pandemic ends and we can get back to work.”
The Carpenters are a powerful force in New Jersey politics, but underwent a massive reorganization in 2018 when the union ousted one of their top leaders, John Ballantyne.