COVID-19 Update: EST Sproule Message Regarding NJ Gov Murphy 3/21 Order

March 22, 2020

Dear Members,

Yesterday, Governor Phil Murphy held a press conference with an update regarding the COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus) pandemic. In the Governor’s update, he stated that the construction industry is part of the essential services that will continue to operate. In times of crisis like this, the important work that our brothers and sisters skillfully complete helps to make sure that we are ready to assist the public as well as continue moving the economy further. If you have symptoms please report this to your supervisor so that we can prevent the spread of COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus). If you need to tend to your family during this crisis and practice social distancing from home, we as a union understand and respect your decision. Members who want to be more engaged in the next steps in beating this pandemic, should reach out to their local representatives.

The Eastern Atlantic States Regional Council of Carpenters will keep our union families informed of work and volunteer opportunities that will be available during this health crisis. The skilled and highly trained workforce that we provide our local communities will be as important as ever, as it is the members of our union that are the best trained in safety and Infection Control Risk Assessment (ICRA). Our ability to build proper structures for medical and emergency facilities in the safest possible ways for patients, medical staff, and first responders will be essential for the public.

New Jersey residents should use the new state resource to keep up to date on what the state government is doing to flatten the curve. Make sure to wash your hands, practice social distancing whenever possible, and keep in contact with vulnerable family members. For any questions, please contact your local Council office with any questions or concerns. 


William C. Sproule

Executive Secretary-Treasurer