February 16, 2016
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel
Philadelphia, PA – Edward Coryell Sr., the longtime leader of the Metropolitan Regional Council of Carpenters, was ousted from his post Feb. 3, as the union, one of the city’s largest, was closed down upon orders from United Brotherhood of Carpenters general president Douglas McCarron in Washington.
Most of the union’s 17,000 members will go to the Northeast Regional Council of Carpenters in Edison, N.J., with the others going to regional councils in Pittsburgh and Massachusetts. Coryell, 70, who had headed the union since 1981, was one of Philadelphia’s most powerful labor leaders and a major player in area politics. But the Carpenters had lost jobs at the Philadelphia Convention Center after refusing to sign a work agreement in 2014, and Coryell had vexed other local union leaders by not participating in the Philadelphia Building Trades Council and the Philadelphia AFL-CIO. “It'll be a new day with building trades,” Patrick Eiding, head of the Philadelphia AFL-CIO, told the Philadelphia Inquirer. “Nothing can be done without the carpenters being involved.” Read more