Leadership

Joseph A. Geiger

Executive Secretary-Treasurer

Joseph Geiger is the Executive Secretary-Treasurer of the New York City and Vicinity District Council of Carpenters. His involvement with the Union is extensive: working his way up through the ranks, holding numerous positions in the field, and committing to various leadership roles during his 34 years with the organization. As EST, Joe currently oversees the operations of the over 20,000 member organization, comprised of nine local unions covering a wide range of trade specialties.

Joe was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. He joined Timberman Local Union 1536 on July 4, 1984 at the age of seventeen, where he started his career as a timberman helper. A leader in the field, Joe worked his way up to Journeyman, Shop Steward, Foreman, and finally to General Foreman. This ambition translated to getting involved with his Local Union in leadership roles as he began to exercise his voice in union activity.

Joe held many positions in his Local Union, and ultimately the District Council. He became highly involved in Local 1536, where he held positions as Treasurer, President, Delegate, and serving on the Trial Committee. After their merger into Dockbuilders/Timbermen Local Union 1556, Joe served as President and Delegate to the District Council. In 2005 he was hired as a Business Representative at the District Council, during which time, Joe continued to serve as a Trustee. In December, 2013, he was elected to the Office of Executive Secretary-Treasurer, and he was reelected after running unopposed in December 2014.

Joseph strives to enhance the livelihoods of his fellow brothers and sisters through his roles as a co-chairman on the New York City District Council of Carpenters Benefit Funds and as co-director of the New York City and Vicinity Carpenters Labor Management Corporation. Consistently endeavoring to educate members on the importance of the Union, he plans to build camaraderie throughout the Union, and keep the District Council on the road to self-governance.

Joseph lives in New Jersey with his wife, Debbie and has four children; Frank, Joseph Jr., Robert, and Brittany.

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Paul Capurso

President

Paul Capurso is the president of the New York City and Vicinity District Council of Carpenters. He has over 30 years of experience in the union working as a rank-and-file member and holding various leadership positions throughout his career. As president, Paul is responsible for assisting in the operations of the over 20,000-member organization, comprised of nine local unions covering a wide range of trade specialties.

Born in Staten Island, Paul joined the District Council in 1987 at the age of 17. From the beginning, Paul wanted to be the best of the best and worked his way from journeymen to lead carpenter, foreman, general foreman, and to a super for an interior systems contractor. In 1996, looking to become more involved, Paul became a part-time instructor teaching apprentices and journeymen at the Carpenters Training Center while continuing to work in the field as a foreman.

Having committed himself to a path of lifelong learning, Paul sought out opportunities to excel and grow into more leadership positions. In 2000, Paul became a Delegate for Local 157, a Financial Secretary in 2006, and a Business Representative in 2008, and was promoted to Lead Regional Manager of Manhattan and Queens Rep Centers in 2011. At the same time, Paul also became a Trustee to the Benefit Funds. In 2020, was elected to the position of President.

Paul brings a wealth of tried and true experience from every level of his union membership. As president, Paul strives to utilize his vast experience to educate the membership and help the Council succeed. He is committed to raising the standards for the working class and advocating for union values throughout New York City and beyond. Paul currently resides in Staten Island with his wife and two children.

Michael Cavanaugh

Vice President

Michael Cavanaugh is the Vice President of the New York City and Vicinity District Council of Carpenters. He has over 36 years of experience in the union working as a rank-and-file member and holding various leadership positions until being elected Vice President. As Vice President, Michael is responsible for assisting in the operations for the District Council, which comprises of over 20,000 members and nine local unions of varied trade specialties.

Michael Cavanaugh

Michael began his career as a millwright apprentice at the New York District Council of Carpenters Labor Technical College. 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, Michael decided to become an evening instructor at the Labor Technical College.

From there, Michael held many leadership positions while working in the field and steadily worked his way to Journeyman, Shop Steward, Foreman, and to General Foreman. Michael also remained committed to Millwright Local 740, where he became a Trustee and served as a Financial Secretary, Delegate, and Executive Delegate. In 2005, Michael was hired full-time as a Business Representative, and later served as Business Manager, all while remaining a loyal, dedicated labor leader and advocate for his local.

Michael has also held positions on the By-Law Committee, the Scholarship Committee, and the District Council Trial Committee. In each position, he worked hard to earn the respect of his union brothers and sisters by fighting for workers rights, fair wages, and understanding issues of importance to union members.

In addition to being Vice President, Michael currently serves as a trustee for the New York City and Vicinity District Council of Carpenters Benefit Funds as well as the Carpenter Contractor Alliance of Metropolitan New York. He is also involved in various building trades organizations.

Michael 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.

Michael is a third-generation member of the Carpenters Union and he lives on Long Island with his wife Carol. He has three children: Kerri, Sarah, and Michael Jr.; and two grandchildren: Erin and Joseph.