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A shining star from Local 1846 retires

Philip Matassa, one of Local 1846’s shining stars, was recently honored for his retirement. Philip is a 43-year member from Donaldsonville, Louisiana who started his career with Local 2258 in 1973, which later merged with 1846. His career has had immeasurable positive impact on the carpenters union, our contractor partners, and their clients.

His skills, attitude and determination created a career path that would lead to being a Supervisor at Turner Industries, and scaffold department supervisor at CF Industries. He provided work opportunities for fellow members and industry partners, representing innumerable man-hours that directly affect countless individuals and families. His latest example centered around the UBC’s scaffold conference, where his relationships with Turner and CF Industries paved the way to have key leaders from both companies attend the event and meet with key UBC and CSCRC leaders.

“Philip has earned the respect and admiration from all of our union members by maintaining a standard of excellence that he exemplified as a member of the UBC, both personally and professionally.,” said Council EST Jason Engels. “His leadership has proven invaluable to our current brother and sister members, and will continue to serve as an example to those in the future.”

Phillip, now 65, has been a union carpenter for the majority of his life. 

“It’s the best move I ever made. I built my house, I raised my family, and I have a good retirement. I wish these young members would realize this is no joke; it’s a real opportunity. If they would really put their heart into it, they will make a good life for themselves.”