Corona Virus Response


For comprehensive, state-specific information, use links below. (Spanish version)

Members and contractors on active sites should follow CDC guidelines for preventing the spread of the virus. Members who have concerns about their health and safety should talk to the carpenter steward on the job and/or their local union.

The North Atlantic States Regional Council of Carpenters has been working with contractors to develop protocols for opening some work in Massachusetts during the week of April 21. For an update, please refer to this letter to members.

The state of Vermont's Department of Labor has updated information related to unemployment benefits and the impact of the recently passed CARES Act from the federal government.

Maine Governor Janet Mills has tightened the stay-at-home order issued for that state, but still lists construction as an essential industry.

The United Brotherhood of Carpenters has prepared a summary and guide to provisions in the CARES Act.

If you're in New York and filing for unemployment benefits, you might find these guides prepared by the New York Department of Labor to be helpful

Updated information

Feds pass extensive package to help workers/businesses as more work closures hit industry

The Bills

Legislation has been passed in Washington that among other things:

--Provides up to $1,200 for singles making up to $75,000 or $2,400 to married couples making up to $149,000 with additional money for children.

--Sends funding to states to increase weekly unemployment benefits by $600 a week through the end of July.

--Allows states to expand eligibility for unemployment to include more workers with limited work histories or who work as independent contractors.

Current and previously passed legislation will help workers who suffer work loss more directly tied to the impact of COVID-19 on themselves and their families and businesses trying to retain employees or who need financing to help them through.

For more on the federal efforts, visit

Please remember that things are changing rapidly and there is a lot of information being circulated on a number of topics right now. Be wary of rumors, honest mistakes or misinformation. Seek reliable and multiple sources to confirm what you are hearing. Understand that while we are able to share general information, your situation may include unique circumstances which change how something applies to you.

The Carpenters Assistance Program continues to be available for members at this time. Members can call Paul Greeley or Jeff Smith at (617) 782-0100 or visit KGA online, 24/7.

All offices of the North Atlantic States Regional Council, affiliated local unions and benefit fund offices will be closed to walk-in service. Members are asked to pay dues online or by mail.

ALL training and events at training centers are closed.
ALL monthly union meetings have been cancelled until further notice.

Responses by state governments

State-by-state information is being gathered by the union and can be accessed at the links below. Most states are expanding eligibility and waiving waiting times for unemployment. Members are encouraged to file for unemployment as soon as they can after a layoff. Members who have not collected should note that benefits will not equal your regular take-home pay and benefits are taxable at the end of the year as income.

In most states, members can access general information about health and community services by dialing 2-1-1.

To access information from your state, click on the link below
Rhode Island
Massachusetts (EspaƱol:
New Hampshire
New York (Espaol: