The EASRCC and the COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus):

What You Need to Know


The current situation regarding COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus) has affected our daily lives. News and updates on this issue continue to come in and the Eastern Atlantic States Regional Council of Carpenters wants to do it’s best to keep you informed. As EASRCC leadership continues to monitor the situation and its effects on our industry we will day by day provide you with information. This page, as well as our social media pages, will host what you and your family need to know. Follow our handles @EASCarpenters to stay up to date on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.



MAP Program  COVID-19 Training/ToolBox Talk 

State and Federal Resources 

Unemployment  Funds Training Centers Local Meetings


Click Below to Catch Up on Council News Regarding COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus)

Haddon Township School District Bond Referendum is March 12th

If you and your family live in Haddon Township, get out and vote to improve local schools and create local jobs.

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Diversity in Business Awards 2024: Layla Bibi, EAS Carpenters Union

Philadelphia Business Journal – Women made up just 3.5% of workers in the carpenters’ industry in 2022, according to data from Statista, a slow creep up from the 3.2% that women represented in 2020.Recognizing the disparity, Layla Bibi has made it her mission to be a voice for women through recruitment and mentorship efforts within…

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EAS Carpenters Union Celebrates Successful 2023 with 124 Pre-Apprentice Graduates

Philadelphia, PA, February 2, 2024 – The Eastern Atlantic States Regional Council of Carpenters (EAS Carpenters Union) is pleased to celebrate the successful graduation of its 2023 Carpenters Apprentice Ready Program (CARP) cohorts. The program trained 124 carpenter pre-apprentices across Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Washington D.C., Maryland, and Virginia. Started in 2016 in partnership with the…

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If you have suffered hardship due to COVID-19 please use the application below to apply for assistance through the MAP Program


COVID- 19 Application



Tool Box Talk

Protecting Yourself

Our members are the best trained workforce in the country and that includes safety on the job sites. The unprecedented health crisis our country faces created the need for more considerations to be taken into account on the job site. Please take the online “COVID-19 Preparedness Certification”  training and most recent “Toolbox Talks” from our industry partners regarding job site safety suggestions.

COVID-19 Preparedness Training Link

8 EASY STEPS to help you take the COVID-19 Preparedness Training

More Info on COVID-19 Preparedness Training



CLICK HERE for the CITF Portal


State and Federal Resources


As information continues to come in please use these resources from your State and Federal Governments for the information you and your family need to know. Not all states are affected in the same way regarding COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus). To keep you and your family healthy, please adhere to the guidelines below.

Are You Eligible for Unemployment in Your State?


Unemployment benefits are available to individuals who are unemployed through no fault of their own. If an employer must shut down operations and no work is available, individuals may be eligible for unemployment benefits.
If someone was unemployed due to caring for their sick child (Must report medical documents)
Claimants who are working reduced hours may be eligible and must report their gross wages at the time they are earned, not paid.
If an employee decides to self-quarantine himself, that employee is not eligible.
If an employee is ill, they are ineligible for unemployment

Apply Here DE Unemployment FAQ DE Guidance for Childcare Providers

District of Columbia

Your actions or decisions cannot cause your separation from work. Workers who are laid off or their work location moves far away are likely to receive benefits. Generally, those who are dismissed or quit work won’t qualify.
You must be physically and mentally able to work when you file your claim. You must also be available to accept an offer of suitable employment. “Suitable employment” is a job you’re trained to do at a salary similar to one you’ve earned before. The longer you remain unemployed, you may be expected to accept work that isn’t so “suitable.”
You must have earned sufficient wages over a 12-month period called the base period. The base period is the first four of the last five quarters prior to your filing a claim.

Apply Here DC Guidance for Childcare Providers


If an employer has to shut down operations, you are eligible for unemployment benefits
If an employer lays off employees due to the Coronavirus, those employees are eligible for unemployment benefits
If an employee contracts Coronavirus, that employee is ineligible for unemployment.

Apply Here MD Guidance for Childcare Providers

New Jersey

Worker has less hours available due to business slow down or lack of demand
A person who is out of work because employer voluntarily closed

(Eligible for Earned Sick Leave)

Worker was unable to work because of school or daycare closed for a public health reason
Worker is caring for a sick family member
Worker is afraid of gathering in a group and refuses to go to work (self-distancing)
Employer stays open in defiance of public health urging to close, and worker refuses to work
Worker was exposed and quarantined. Business remains open

Apply Here NJ Guidance for Childcare Providers


Your employer temporarily closes or goes out of business
Your employer reduces your hours
You have been told not to work because your employer feels you might get or spread Coronavirus
You have been told to quarantine or self-isolate, or live/work in a county under government-recommended mitigation efforts

Apply Here PA Unemployment FAQ PA Important Information PA Guidance for Childcare Providers PA FFCRA


You must be unemployed through no fault of your own, as defined by Virginia law.
You must have earned at least a minimum amount in wages before you were unemployed.
You must be able and available to work, and you must be actively seeking employment.

Apply Here VA Guidance for Childcare Providers

West Virginia

You must have earned at least a minimum amount in wages before you were unemployed.
You must be unemployed through no fault of your own, as defined by West Virginia law.
You must be able and available to work, and you must be actively seeking employment.

Apply Here WV Guidance for Childcare Providers

North Carolina

You must not be disabled.
You must be able to work.
You must be actively looking for a new job.
You must have lost your job through no fault of your own. If you quit your job or were fired for ‘just cause’ you may not be eligible to collect unemployment in North Carolina. Every case is different, so if you lost your job — be sure to apply to unemployment in case you are indeed eligible to receive unemployment benefits.

Apply Here NC Guidance for Childcare Providers

Carpenters Funds

As a precaution to the COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus) pandemic and to protect the Fund participants and staff, Fund Office operations at the Carpenters Benefit Funds of Philadelphia, the Northeast Carpenters Funds in Edison, and the Carpenters Combined Funds in Pittsburgh will have limited staff, but still take calls and questions. Use the links below to find the best way to contact your funds office.

Training Centers

The Eastern Atlantic States Regional Council of Carpenters have been opening the training centers around our Council, including providing strict safety protocols for each state to follow. The situation will be monitored and evaluated. Updates will be provided on this page as well as the Regional Training Center Websites.


Opening Protocols

All the training funds will be utilizing the same or very similar protocols in one method or another. Variations will typically only be in response to differences in facilities and circumstances. Primary concepts we all plan to follow are listed below:

  • Apprentices must have the COVID Preparedness certification to return.
  • All apprentices will receive some COVID orientation training in some form
  • Masks are mandatory in the centers
  • All apprentices will be screened at center entrances and complete a COVID survey
  • Temperature will be taken at the entrances
  • Multiple entrances will be used and traffic directed to prevent clustering
  • COVID enforcement officers will be trained and assigned from staff
  • Centers are having plexiglass shields installed at Admin stations where applicable
  • Class sizes are limited to groups of 10 max
  • Tools assigned will be utilized for 1 full week, then cleaned and returned
  • No food or beverages are being sold or dispensed in the training centers
  • No delivery service allowed
  • No food trucks or vending machines
  • All tables will be disinfected daily

Local Meetings

Due to the health crisis, several local meetings have been postponed. With nominations and elections for the General Convention scheduled before the recent events regarding COVID-19, many meetings must be rescheduled. Use the information below to find out if your local has already completed their nomination or elections, re-scheduled their nominations or elections, or if dates are still pending.

Local Meetings Updates

LU 158

Postponed Date – March 16th

Updated Nominations Date – May 18th

Updated Elections Date – June 15th

LU 164

Cancelled Date – April 23rd

LU 167

Cancelled Date – April 29th

LU 197

Postponed Date – March 11th

Updated Nominations – Completed

Updated Elections – PENDING

LU 205

Nominations – Completed

Elections – Completed

LU 251

Nominations – Completed

Elections – Completed

LU 252

Postponed Date – March 24th

Updated Nominations – April 28th

Updated Elections – April 28th

LU 253

Nominations – Completed

Elections – Completed

LU 254

Nominations – Completed

Elections – Completed

LU 255

Cancelled Date – April 14th

LU 420

Cancelled Date – April 2nd

LU 423

Postponed Date – April 30th

LU 426

Nominations – Completed

Elections – Completed

LU 431

Cancelled Date – April 13th

LU 432

Monthly Membership Meeting: 9/16 – 7pm

LU 436

Cancelled Date – April 23rd

Updated Nominations – PENDING

Updated Elections – PENDING

LU 439

Postponed Date – March 23rd

Updated Nominations – March 23rd

Updated Elections – April 27th

LU 441

Postponed Date – April 22nd

LU 445

Regular Meeting – Postponed Until Further Notice

Updated Nominations – Postponed Until Further Notice

Updated Elections – Postponed Until Further Notice

LU 491

Cancelled Date – April 14th

LU 787

Nominations – N/A

Elections – N/A

LU 2799

Postponed Date – March 20th

Updated Nominations – PENDNG

Updated Elections – PENDING

LU 2786

Nominations – Completed

Elections – Completed

LU 2837

Nominations – Completed

Elections – Completed