United Brotherhood of Carpenters Local Union 608

Last updated
UBC Local Union 608
The United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America - Local Union 608
Merged intoUBC Local 157
FoundedJanuary 18, 1918
DissolvedDecember 14, 2010
7,500 (2007)
Key people
Tommy McGonnigle, President (Final Officer)
Affiliations N.Y.C. District Council of Carpenters
Website www.local608.org

United Brotherhood of Carpenters - Local Union 608 is currently affiliated with the N.Y.C. District Council of Carpenters and the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America. It was granted a charter on January 18, 1918. Located in New York City, New York, the jurisdiction of the Local covers the western half of Manhattan, Harlem and the Bronx borough. It has approximately 7500 members. Local Union 608 no longer exists.



Often referred to as the Irish Local because of the history of Irish Leadership and the majority of the membership is of Irish descent, it has struggled through the years to maintain its independence. Many of its members have been trained in several areas of Carpentry, including Drywall, Finish Work, Concrete, Scaffolding and others. Local Union 608 officially disbanded after 92 years, December 14, 2010. [1]


Local 17

After some financial improprieties at Local Union 17 (Bronx), it was merged into Local Union 608 after a brief trusteeship in 1999. The jurisdiction of the Bronx is often referred to as Local 608 North


From the period of 2009 forward, the local has had several leaders serve as President of the local. Unfortunately, these leaders have been removed by either the General President, or the Federally appointed Review Officer for various reasons. This has demoralized the membership and has prevented the local from moving forward, as their attention is pointed inward, and the membership is splintered into competing factions.

Local 157

After a period of time during 2009 - 2010, the International United Brotherhood of Carpenters decided to dissolve the local on December 14, 2010, and merge the members into Local Union 157, which currently covers the East Side of Manhattan. At a future date, another local may be created in Manhattan to take over the jurisdiction of Interior Systems. This has brought the membership of Local 157 into the 10,000 member range. [2]

Executive leadership


Mafia influence

It has been long reported that the leadership has been under Mafia Influence and it has been proven on many occasions [11] [12]

Related Research Articles

The Bronx Borough in New York City and county in New York state

The Bronx is one of the five boroughs of New York City, in the U.S. state of New York. It has the same boundaries as Bronx County, the third-most-densely populated county in the United States. The Bronx is south of Westchester County; north and east of the New York City borough of Manhattan, across the Harlem River; and north of the New York City borough of Queens, across the East River. The Bronx has a land area of 42 square miles (109 km2) and a population of 1,418,207 in 2019. Of the five boroughs, it has the fourth-largest area, fourth-highest population, and third-highest population density. It is the only borough of New York City not primarily on an island.

Carpentry Skilled trade

Carpentry is a skilled trade and a craft in which the primary work performed is the cutting, shaping and installation of building materials during the construction of buildings, ships, timber bridges, concrete formwork, etc. Carpenters traditionally worked with natural wood and did rougher work such as framing, but today many other materials are also used and sometimes the finer trades of cabinetmaking and furniture building are considered carpentry. In the United States, 98.5% of carpenters are male, and it was the fourth most male-dominated occupation in the country in 1999. In 2006 in the United States, there were about 1.5 million carpentry positions. Carpenters are usually the first tradesmen on a job and the last to leave. Carpenters normally framed post-and-beam buildings until the end of the 19th century; now this old-fashioned carpentry is called timber framing. Carpenters learn this trade by being employed through an apprenticeship training—normally 4 years—and qualify by successfully completing that country's competence test in places such as the United Kingdom, the United States, Canada, Switzerland, Australia and South Africa. It is also common that the skill can be learned by gaining work experience other than a formal training program, which may be the case in many places.

United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America Labor union in North America

The United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America often simply, the United Brotherhood of Carpenters (UBC) was formed in 1881 by Peter J. McGuire and Gustav Luebkert. It has become one of the largest trade unions in the United States, and through chapters, and locals, there is international cooperation that poises the brotherhood for a global role. For example, the North American Chapter has over 520,000 members throughout the continent. 

Boroughs of New York City Administrative division of New York City

New York City is composed of five boroughs: The Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, and Staten Island. Each borough is coextensive with a respective county of New York State. The boroughs of Queens and the Bronx are also Queens County and Bronx County. The other three counties are named differently from their boroughs: Manhattan is New York County, Brooklyn is Kings County, and Staten Island is Richmond County.

Efrain Gonzalez Jr. is an American politician and convicted felon who served as a member of the New York State Senate from 1990 to 2008.

Steven Crea American mobster

Steven L. "Stevie" Crea is an American mobster and official underboss of the Lucchese crime family. In August 2020, he was sentenced to life imprisonment for murder and racketeering.

The N.Y.C. District Council of Carpenters maintains jurisdiction over carpentry, Dock builder, timber man, millwright, floorcovering, specialty shops and exhibition work in the New York City area.

Attilio Bitondo, also known as "Tillio", was a New York City labor leader and an associate in the Genovese crime family in the crew of powerful Manhattan captain Vincent DiNapoli.

The Sheet Metal Workers' International Association was a trade union of skilled metal workers who perform architectural sheet metal work, fabricate and install heating and air conditioning work, shipbuilding, appliance construction, heater and boiler construction, precision and specialty parts manufacture, and a variety of other jobs involving sheet metal. On August 11, 2014, it merged with the United Transportation Union (UTU) to form the International Association of Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation Workers, known by the acronym, SMART.

Eugene Hanley was a New York City labor leader, as well as an associate of the Genovese crime family. Hanley took over as President of Local 257 of the New York City District Council of Carpenters for his father-in-law, a Genovese mobster named Will Graziano. Hanley and Local Vice-President Attilio Bitondo extorted building contractors operating in Manhattan in conjunction with Local shop steward Carmine Fiore, a Gambino crime family soldier, and other organized crime figures linked to the Gambino, Genovese and Colombo crime families. The men ordered beatings for those contractors who refused to back in, but typically, violence wasn't needed.

The Trinitarios is a Hispanic street gang founded by Dominicans in New York City, New York in 1993.

Michael J. Forde is a labor union activist and, since 2000, EST (Executive Secretary Treasure of the N.Y.C. District Council of Carpenters, an affiliate of the UBC. Mr. Forde was fired on August 10, 2009 from the position of EST.

Martin Forde is a retired labor union activist.

Paschal McGuinness is a retired labor union activist.

2013 New York City mayoral election

The 2013 New York City mayoral election occurred on November 5, 2013, along with elections for Comptroller, Public Advocate, Borough President, and members of the New York City Council. The incumbent mayor of New York City, Michael Bloomberg, a Republican-turned-Independent, was term-limited and thus unable to seek re-election to a fourth term in office.

New York Sun Works, founded in 2004 by Ted Caplow, is a non-profit organization that uses hydroponic farming technology to educate students and teachers about the science of sustainability. To further this goal, NY Sun Works created the Greenhouse Project, an initiative dedicated to improving K through 12 grade environmental science education through the lens of urban agriculture, empowering children to make educated choices about their impact on the environment. The Greenhouse Project was inspired by NY Sun Works’ first project, the renowned Science Barge; a prototype, sustainable urban farm and environmental education center previously housed on the Hudson River and now located in Yonkers under different ownership.

Bronx Council on the Arts Art based culture agency

The Bronx Council on the Arts, is an art based culture agency that has grown to become the official cultural agency of the Bronx, New York City. It provides a “lifeline” to more than 4,800 artists and over 250 arts and community-based organizations.

2021 New York City borough president elections Elections in New York City

The 2021 New York City borough president elections will be held on November 2, 2021. Four of the five incumbent borough presidents are unable to run for reelection due to term limits. Only the Queens Borough President is eligible to seek re-election after winning the 2020 Special Election.

2021 New York City Comptroller election

The 2021 New York City Comptroller election will consist of Democratic and Republican primaries for New York City Comptroller on June 22, 2021, followed by a general election on November 2, 2021. The primaries will be the first Comptroller election primaries to use ranked-choice voting.


  1. http://www.irishemigrant.com/ie/go.asp?p=story&storyID=8119
  2. "Mob-scarred carpenters Local 608 shut down after racketeering convictions". Nydailynews.com. 2010-12-15. Retrieved 2010-12-27.
  3. "Another carpenters union leader bites the dust as Michael Murphy's booted from his post". Nydailynews.com. 2010-11-25. Retrieved 2010-12-27.
  4. "Carpenters union Local 608 axes yet another president, fourth one this year, just month into term". Nydailynews.com. 2010-09-23. Retrieved 2010-12-27.
  5. "Carpenters Union president Joe Firth axed, accused of preferential hiring for Ground Zero jobs". Nydailynews.com. 2010-08-23. Retrieved 2010-12-27.
  6. "New Carpenters Local 608 head Martin Devereaux was once convicted of taking bribes". Nydailynews.com. 2009-08-13. Retrieved 2010-12-27.
  7. 1 2 "Federal Bureau of Investigation - The New York Division: Department of Justice Press Release". Newyork.fbi.gov. 2009-08-05. Retrieved 2010-12-27.
  8. "Federal Bureau of Investigation - The New York Division: Department of Justice Press Release". Newyork.fbi.gov. Retrieved 2010-12-27.
  9. "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on August 30, 2010. Retrieved July 29, 2010.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  10. "Vincent Cafaro declaration on Genovese crime family control of NY carpenters District Council". Thelaborers.net. 1990-08-28. Archived from the original on May 27, 2011. Retrieved 2010-12-27.
  11. "Carpenters Independent Investigator Silo report (Richard Gotti)". Thelaborers.net. Retrieved 2010-12-27.
  12. "Prosecutors Say Tapes Show Mob Infiltrating Carpenter Union - New York Times". Nytimes.com. 1987-11-02. Retrieved 2010-12-27.