The Metropolitan Regional Council of Philadelphia & Vicinity was originally Chartered on June 22, 1898, by the United Brotherhood of Carpenters. At that time, it was formed by the first Carpenter Local Unions organized in Philadelphia: Local Union 8, chartered in 1881 and Local Union 122, Chartered in 1886. Our Council is now the parent body and the Headquarters for all our 17 Locals with a geographical jurisdiction of 8 counties in the Southeastern section of the State of Pennsylvania, the entire state of Delaware, and the Eastern Shore of Maryland.
Pennsylvania Counties: Philadelphia, Delaware, Montgomery, Chester, Bucks, Lehigh, Northampton, Carbon.
Delaware Counties: New Castle, Kent, Sussex.
Maryland Counties: Cecil, Kent, Queen Annes, Talbot. Caroline, Dorchester, Wicomico, Somerset, Worcester.
Since its formation in 1898, our Council has grown from its two original Locals with 200 Members, to 17 Locals representing 12,600 Members.
One of the proud historical facts of our Council is that Peter J. McGuire was a member of our Local Union 8. Brother McGuire is recognized as the founder of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters, the co-founder of the American Federation of Labor, and for establishing Labor Day as a National Holiday.
For over 128 years, our Council has fought for shorter hours, higher wages, and better working conditions. Through these efforts, our Member's work-hours and work-week have been shortened from Six Days and 60-Hour Week to the standard Five Days and 40-Hour Week. Our wages have been increased from $0.12 per hour to our current rate we have today.