Juneau local carpenters union shuts down

Jun 04, 2013 -- 8:30am
- JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - A Juneau carpenters union has closed after more than 70 years and been absorbed by a larger union in Anchorage. KTOO reports about 35 carpenter union locals in the Pacific Northwest have closed in the past three years to join larger local unions. Juneau's Carpenter Union Local 2247, which represented about 150 carpenters, was absorbed by Anchorage's local 1281 after shutting down last month. Ben Basom is a spokesman for the Pacific Northwest Regional Council of Carpenters. He says having the Juneau local absorbed by the Anchorage local is part of a nationwide effort by the United Brotherhood of Carpenters to run more efficiently and save costs. He says an immediate benefit to members has been a reduction in dues. 

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