Michael Cavanaugh | CCA METRO
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Michael Cavanaugh

Secretary-Treasurer, CCA Metro
Vice President,
New York City
District Council of Carpenters

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 is comprised of over 20,000 members and nine local unions of varied trade specialties.

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 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 a 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 the understanding of important issues 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.

Michaelis 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.