About Us

Our Mission

The Delaware Building and Construction Trades Council, AFL-CIO, is dedicated to the education and training of all its members and member-unions. We are continually abreast of the evolution of the construction industry to assure our contractors and end-users are supplied with journeymen and apprentices that have aptitude, knowledge and skill. Our members work proudly, safely and reliably to guarantee our contractors and end-users the end result will be complete satisfaction.


The Delaware Building Construction Trades Council, representing 24 affiliated local unions, is a professional organization advocating for the use of local, skilled tradesmen with developers, builders, contractors and Delaware’s business community. We accomplish these goals through strategic partnerships with private enterprises, effective lobbying and legislative efforts. All of these efforts focus on creating good paying jobs for our members, benefiting our local communities and growing Delaware’s economy.



James Maravelias

Laborers Local #199

Mike Hackendorn1

Mike Hackendorn

UA Local 74 Plumbers & Pipefitters

James Ascione1

James Ascione

Operating Engineers #542

Len McCartney
Recording Secretary

Teamsters Local #326

Union Benefits and the Power of Collective Bargaining

What is a Union?

A union is a group of workers, working together to protect their wages and standards. The wages and standards in this area have been established through collective bargaining. The members of the union work together to protect the good conditions that have been established for the area.

Fair Wages and Benefits through Collective Bargaining

A union craftperson has the opportunity to work for fair wages and benefits. Union workers are under a contract. They know when they are going to receive raises and how much they will be earning, because their wage is established through collective bargaining.

A Variety of Membership Benefits

Members of the different building and construction trade unions benefit from high wages, world-class benefits and the resources developed in the course of over a hundred years of experience in the construction trades. Membership offers an impressive wage and fringe benefit package. This often includes your hourly wages, a Health and Welfare Plan and a Union Pension Program. Accommodating wage adjustments are made for overtime and holiday work.

If you’re an apprentice, you achieve regular pay raises as you learn your trade; full journeymen receive dependable, generous wage increases according to your Union contract. Contracts ensure fair wages, hours and working conditions and promotes good relations between you, the Union Craftsman, and your employer.

A Secure Future with Guaranteed Growth

With the Union at your side, you may plan for the future with confidence. Work smart, grow in your industry, maximize your potential and build a rewarding future as a member of a local union with the Delaware Building and Construction Trades Council.

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