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As the top elected leader in the region, Byrne leads a diverse, progressive, and sophisticated union that has developed to play an important role at the center of the construction industry. He is a leader that believes in mutually beneficial partnerships and the honest, hard work that makes them succeed.
He continues the work of modernizing union operations led by UBC General President Doug McCarron and UBC General Officer Tom Flynn, who proceeded him in his role. He has focused on increasing both inward and outward transparency and creating a culture of responsiveness to the needs of both union members and the union’s employer-partners.
A native of Boston, he is a graduate of the carpenters apprenticeship program and while working in the field earned a construction management degree from Wentworth Institute of Technology through a joint program between the union and the university.
John has extensive experience managing relationships between the union and its partners, from large and small construction employers to national owners and developers. His career began in the Boston market where he started as a carpenter and eventually became a local union business agent and the union’s regional manager. John’s understanding of the industry and management skills have made him a valuable chief of staff for 3 of the last 4 leaders of the council. In that role, he is intricately involved in all union operations, ensures the alignment of the union’s philosophy and mission with its action.
As a leader who recognizes the importance of long-term planning and succession, John has focused on leadership development throughout the organization and ensuring sustainable growth, strength and stability for the union.
Bill is a proven leader who has not only demonstrated the ability to manage through internal and external change, but to maintaining team focus and operational effectiveness throughout.
In addition to serving on the senior management team for the council and a member of the executive board, Bill oversees the operations of five team rooms serving the local unions in New York, from Long Island to Plattsburgh to Buffalo. Since the current seven-state structure was created in 2018, he has been instrumental to the development of consistency in operations and policies throughout the council related to members, contractors, and benefit funds.
After graduating college with a degree in education, Brian changed direction, following in his father’s footsteps and becoming a pile driver. He not only enjoyed the trade, he developed a deep interest in the union and organizing workers.
Richardson has been a full-time organizer for the union for 22 years. In that capacity, he has helped thousands of workers become union members and helped thousands more unrepresented workers win owed wages, safer jobsites and other improvements to working conditions. As the organizing director, he coordinates staff efforts region-wide and manages the professional development of organizing staff.
Richardson has also put his education degree to work, developing programs for new members as well as members interested in becoming more knowledgeable about the industry or more involved in union organizing efforts.
Jack is a creative, aggressive, and pragmatic leader who works with our signatory contractors to successfully bid in targeted situations and build the union’s market share. His extensive experience in the field and then as a local union representative and regional manager gives Jack a unique perspective and understanding of what helps a contractor win a bid.
As a trustee for the union’s combined benefit funds, Jack has an effective understanding of the value of balancing strength with stability and sustainability that informs his work with members and contractors.
Steve brings a diverse set of skills and experience to the NASRCC leadership team. He was raised in Boston as the son of a leader of the Sheetmetal Workers before starting his apprenticeship and career as a union carpenter. After a number of years in the field, he went to work for the Office of the Attorney General of Massachusetts, working in the Fair Labor Standards Division.
Always active in politics, Joyce returned to the union to work on political action, eventually becoming the regional council’s political and legislative director for New England. For a number of years, he has been the executive director of the Carpenters Labor-Management Program and is now also the director of contractor relations. In both of these positions, he is a leading voice for the union’s efforts to develop and deepen relationships between the union and its contractor-partners.
Joe is a driven advocate for union members and brings with him more than 30 years of experience in issue advocacy, government leadership and as a policy adviser. He is a former school committee member, city councilor and mayor of Worcester and also worked as a District Director for Massachusetts Congressman Jim McGovern. Joe has advised or led more than 40 local, state, and federal candidates’ campaigns, with highlights including the campaigns of former Massachusetts Lt. Gov. Tim Murray and California Congressman Juan Congressman.
Joe also has extensive experience in community organizing/advocacy work and prior to coming to the Carpenters, he served as the Executive Director of the Environmental League of Massachusetts Action Fund. He also spent 20 years working part-time as an EMS Paramedic and is currently an adjunct faculty member at Clark University and a founder of the school’s Senior Leadership MPA program.
Rich brings a unique combination of perspectives, experience and skills to his position, managing a fund worth approximately $8.5 billion. He is a second-generation union carpenter with more than 40 years of membership in the UBC. In addition to his experience in the field, he’s served as a skills instructor, training director, local union business manager and has been a member of his regional council executive board for more than 20 years. He is currently the President of the NASRCC Executive Board.
Rich’s superior management and leadership have enabled him to lead health, retirement and vacation funds through mergers and significant operational changes. His ability to work with Fund Trustees and vendors providing benefit, actuarial and financial services has helped maintain excellent financial health of the funds and sustainable, high-quality benefits for more than 40,000 active and retired members and their dependents.
Tom has been a builder and leader his entire career. Whether leading crews in the field, as an instructor for union apprentice training and as an instructor and administrator for a public high school vocational program, his legacy is the quality work and maturity of those he has both taught and mentored.
As the leader of the NASCTF, Fischer oversees 15 training facilities and more than 120 part-time and full-time instructors. Training includes 4/5-year apprenticeships, skills enhancement for journey-level members and specialty certification programs. He implements curriculum developed by the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and also creates specialty, “on-demand” programs in partnership with signatory contractors.