Michael Capelli is Executive Secretary-Treasurer of the New Jersey Regional Council of
Carpenters. The post is the latest step in a steadily rising union career that has taken him from
apprenticeship to his current role as leader of 26 local unions with nearly 17,000 members and
their 55,000 household members. He has been active for years in Gloucester County politics,
holding elected office and continuing in service on planning and land-use boards. A native and
resident of Pitman, he is married and has three children.
A New Jersey native, Capelli graduated from Pitman High School in 1981 and began his 4-year
carpenter apprenticeship in 1986. In 12 years in the field, he rose quickly, eventually becoming a
As a union member and then an official, he was active in Camden County Carpenters Local 393
from the start, eventually becoming Trustee, Treasurer, and Delegate to the statewide council. He
taught at the Carpenters Training Center in Mullica and was the initial grant administrator for the
Youth Transition to Work (YTTW) program, for which he signed the first students from four
In 1998, longtime NJ Carpenters leader Tom Ober named him as a Business Representative for
the eight-county Southern New Jersey council. In 2002, he was appointed as an International
Representative for the United Brotherhood of Carpenters under Eastern District Vice President
Bill Michalowski and his successor, Frank Spencer. Capelli’s work for the District—which
comprises 117,000 members, 13 states, and 8 Regional Councils—included multi-state
organizing; work with national contractors, owners, developers, and public officials; and support
for grievances and arbitrations.
In addition to those duties, UBC General President Douglas McCarron in 2005 assigned Capelli
to assist with UBC jurisdiction support out of UBC headquarters in Washington, DC, which he
did for three years.
In late 2008, Capelli was appointed to be the next Executive Secretary-Treasurer (EST) of the
New Jersey Regional Council of Carpenters, the top post in the statewide union of nearly 17,000
members. He took office officially in early 2009 and in June 2009 was unanimously elected to a
3-year term by 150 Council delegates representing members in 26 local unions. As EST, he
serves as co-chair of the statewide labor-management organization that markets and promotes
business development for union carpentry.
In addition to this union career, Mike also is active in community and political affairs. He served
on the Pitman Borough Council, where he led financial affairs, and currently sits on the
Gloucester County Planning Board, where he chairs the Planning Board’s Land Development
Review and Approval Committee. The Board represents the county on the Delaware Valley
Regional Planning Commission, the State Planning Commission, the Pinelands Commission, and
the Tri-County Water Quality Management Board.
Never say the two words District Council & Local in the context of being one.
Management 101: When you wish to stop the progression of what McCarron wants.
And never, ever mention it in print. Its an ol' club way of delaing with how not to give him any leeway whatsoever.
Don't let someone or a group confirm it for them as they ( the other side) rely on the less informed, or not completely envisioned, its they who help carry McCarrons future through.
We really don't need the mega locals/restructuring self appointed eboard idea. Paid council employee or not. Neither do our brothers across the country, it will destroy the middle class.
Nice UBC propaganda fluff piece. it seems his positions on the LM2s dont match the nice little story. It leaves out he was Spencers bitch. It leave out his role in the trusteeship and destruction of Local 229.It leaves out the bank of rooms at the Hilton in Saratoga Springs during track season as they destroyed Local 229. By the By. It leaves his role in the 157 scam
On March 4th questions posted by members were emailed to Spencer. I spoke with Spencer several times and with his assistant Mike Capelli. On April 11, Mr. Capelli told me "UBC lawyer Brian Quinn, is drafting an answer to the questions and I should have them in a few days." To date Spencer, Capelli and Quinn have refused to answer member’s questions regarding the trusteeship over local 157.
How about this picture with Capelli knee deep in rats ass. Spencer,Forde,Thom, and the rest
Who appointed him to est of the Jersey Council. If Walsh asked him and his Jersey crew to sign the declaration would they
the jersey guys would never sign the walsh declaration, its a clear as the morning sun,
however, there is another very distinct link between frankie and mike,,,, ponder on it,
once this is discoved it may be another piece of the puzzle.....the answer and puzzle piece
is public privy right now it just under the woodwork
Ok so, 86-90 he was an Apprentice....91-98 he was a Journeyman Carpenter, so at what point in this 8-year timespan as a Journeyman did he suddenly arise to become a Superintendent? What is his License No.?
Name the Projects, he allegedly ran during this timeframe and their dollar value. Was he doing TI work in a strip mall. Exactly what did he build as a Superintendent? What licenses & degrees does he hold? What werethe Insurance mod's for his jobs? Were they on time, on budget? How did he treat them men?
Named/Appointed BA....vs. being Elected, there's a red flag right there. The fact is, with 8-years experience, no one would have voted this guy in as he was simply still too green & inexperienced top warrant consideration for the job.
Name the Dollar Value of the Projects he allegedly created for the men as an "Appointed BA". The UBC clearly avoids this at all costs because they cannot back none of it up with any meaningful data.
Here is another question - do owners & developers hire a guy with 8-year experience as a Carpenter to build multi-build dollar high rises? Answer - no way in hell, he wouldn't get an interview. In the Private Sector, one has to have a demonstrable and proven track record of success in a series of projects over many years. The vetting process is tough.
When you have no real track record, the proportion of the fluff & resume padding is increased proportionally as the UBC's fluff piece of this stellar career amply depicts.