Vice President Michael Cavanaugh began his career as a United Brotherhood of Carpenters member and millwright apprentice nearly 30 years ago. Throughout his storied career, Cavanaugh has held various leadership positions, including certified shop steward, foreman and general foreman. In each position, he has worked hard to earn the respect of his union brothers and sisters by fighting for their jurisdiction and treating them with respect.
During his time as a millwright apprentice, Cavanaugh attended the New York District Council of Carpenters Labor Technical College and upon completion; he competed in the New York City and New York State Apprentice Contest where he finished in first place. In order to pass along the skills and positive attitude he garnered through the years, Cavanaugh decided to become an evening instructor at the Labor Technical College until the implementation of the day program.
From there, he became a Trustee in Local 740 in 1995. In addition, he served as a Financial Secretary Delegate and an Executive Delegate all while remaining a loyal, dedicated leader and advocate for his local. He’s also held positions on the By-Law Committee, the Scholarship Committee and the District Council Trial Committee.
In 2005, Cavanaugh became a Business Representative for Millwright Local 740 and later served as Business Manager. As Vice President, Cavanaugh remains a dedicated advocate for the rank and file and all workers’ rights. He is committed to making the right decisions that will benefit all members including contentious issues such as retirement and health care benefits.
Cavanaugh is a third generation member of the Carpenters and married with three children.