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Tuesday
Feb112014

New Member/Initiations and Transfer Procedures

 

Notice to shop owners, shop stewards/foreman.

 

The procedure to initiate a new member is as follows:

The local does not take walk-in initiations. All potential new members must bring a "intent to hire" letter from their employer (on company letterhead) showing their start date, the local they wish to join, their level and whether they will be Tier 1 or Tier 2. 

An appointment must be made ahead of time in order to determine:

 1) If the candidate has ever been a member before. 

 2) What level he/she will be entering as (ex. Journeyman, Helper) 

 3) What the initiation fee and dues will be. 

 

The procedure to transfer out of the local:

The member that wishes to transfer from one local to another must surrender their union card to the financial secretary at the local union membership meeting. In order to be eligible to trasfer, you will need to be a member for at least six months in your current local and be up to date with your union dues. 

Monday
Jan202014

New Operation Watchdog for the Inspector General's office

I am very pleased to announce the launch of Operation Watchdog. We can all take this opportunity to unite in the fight against corruption. We have unleashed the most comprehensive Anti-Corruption fighting system in this Union’s history. Each member now has the power to check his/her hours as well as those of other members working on the same jobsite in real time on a daily basis by having the ability to view the hours posted by the jobsite Shop Steward.  Members will also have the ability to check on the crew size that the Shop Steward reports daily.
As a part of this program, the Office of the Inspector General has deployed a team of Jobsite Integrity Inspectors.  This action team, composed of retired carpenters, was developed with the intention of having a highly visible presence in the field in order to identify and deter any possible wrongdoing or corruption on the jobsites within the jurisdiction of the District Council and will work with the current staff of investigators and administrators from the Office of the Inspector General.  These Inspectors have the Time, Energy, and Commitment (T.E.C.) necessary to represent and assist the District Council in our goal of combating corruption.
In continuing with the ongoing efforts of this District Council to combat and deter corruption, the leadership and delegates of this District Council have added strong language to the Collective Bargaining Agreements in order to ensure compliance with this program.
Any member will have the ability to check their work hours and those of other members on the jobsite as well as the crew size reported daily on the internet in the privacy of his or her own homes.  If members suspect any wrongdoing, they will have the ability to send an e-mail directly to the Office of the Inspector General with the click of a button.  They also have the option of calling the NYC District Council of Carpenters Inspector General Hotline, (855)- UBC-TIPS, or the Review Officer’s Anti-Corruption Hotline, 877-712-4896. A flyer was been created with instructions for this process.
This new initiative will aid in our continuing effort to eradicate corruption from our Union.  By working together, we can secure a bettertomorrow.  See attachment
Sincerely,

Scott C. Danielson
Inspector General
NYCDCC
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GET INVOLVED: All DC and Local Union Meetings can be found on the main page of the District Council website in the Upcoming Events section. Also, check out the latest edition of the NYC Carpenter Magazine online.
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If you are a member and have questions, comments or concerns, please email us at: communications@nycdistrictcouncil.org<mailto:communications@nycdistrictcouncil.org>
For general information:
Call: 212-366-7500
Or Write:
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New York, NY 10014

Monday
Jan202014

Brookfield and MWA press releases

BREAKING NEWS!!!!!!



NYC CARPENTERS RATIFY HISTORIC AGREEMENT THAT SECURES JOBS FOR THE NEXT 20 YEARS



New York, NY--The New York City District Council of Carpenters’ Delegate Body on Thursday, January 16, 2014 ratified a historic new agreement with Brookfield Properties--one of the country’s largest commercial real estate developers--that guarantees union carpenters jobs throughout New York City for the next 20 years.

“With this new agreement, the District Council is looking far into the future for our members,” said Stephen McInnis, President and Executive Secretary-Treasurer Pro Tem.

Brookfield controls 7% of all commercial office space in New York City and has plans to expand. This agreement is being hailed as the first time an owner has agreed to unionize their entire portfolio anywhere in the country.

By roll call vote, the delegate body approved the Brookfield Portfolio/Project Labor Agreement, which guarantees only unionized carpenters, will work in all Brookfield properties and developments though 2034.  Brookfield Properties is a commercial real estate corporation that owns, develops, and operates premier assets in the downtown cores of high-growth North American cities.  The agreement covers all new construction and all interior retrofitting and tenant related work.

With a current NYC portfolio of 25-million square feet of Class A commercial real estate office space, this agreement is estimated to bring in approximately 18 million work hours to the New York City District Council of Carpenters. These numbers are also expected to increase as Brookfield acquires and develops new buildings throughout New York City--all of which is now guaranteed to be built 100% union.

“It not only guarantees our members work through the good or the bad times, this unprecedented agreement also secures hard working New Yorkers’ healthcare and pensions,” McInnis added.

With more than 20,000 members in eight locals, the New York City and Vicinity District Council of Carpenters is one of the largest, most powerful trade unions in the construction industry.

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BREAKING NEWS!!!!!!





NYC CARPENTERS REACH DEAL WITH MWA THAT RESTORES BENIES AND HEALTHCARE



After months of heated negotiations and a strike, the New York City District Council of Carpenters’ Delegate Body on Thursday, January 16, 2014 ratified by roll call vote a new 10-year collective bargaining agreement with the Manufacturing Woodworkers Association of Greater New York (MWA), the multi-employer association that represents a dozen employers that operate shops that manufacture and install custom furniture and interior millwork.

“This has been a long, hard fight,” said Stephen McInnis, President and Executive Secretary-Treasurer Pro Tem. “But it was well worth it, given that this contract finally gives these members security and peace of mind.”

The approximately 350 members, who work for MWA employers, have been without benefits and healthcare since July 2013.  The new contract retroactively returns their benefits and healthcare, plus settles existing financial obligations.

This 10-year agreement comes on the heels of stalled negotiations and a 3-week-long strike in July against the MWA. As part of this contract, the delegates also approved a settlement between the District Council, the Benefit Funds, the MWA, and the twelve MWA member-employers that resolves all outstanding benefits’ funds employer contribution delinquencies, three pending federal lawsuits, and contested arbitration awards.

By entering into these agreements the District Council aims to make its members whole for all the delinquent benefits earned during this period. Members who qualify under the plan rules will also be given retroactive medical coverage back from July 1, 2013 and going forward.

With more than 20,000 members in eight locals, the New York City and Vicinity District Council of Carpenters is one of the largest, most powerful trade unions in the construction industry.



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Go to www.nycdistrictcouncil.com<http://www.nycdistrictcouncil.com> to view candidate profiles, Q/A from the RO, campaign lit and debates

All ballots must be received by AAA by 5PM on Thursday, January 23rd. Ballots will be counted on Friday, Jan. 24, 2014 at the AAA office.

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Check out “Build Up NYC Together We Win - Victory in Staten Island!!” by NYCDCC

The video is available for your viewing pleasure at http://vimeo.com/84223481

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Tuesday
Jan072014

Local 2790 office will close whenever NYC Schools are closed due to poor weather conditions

As per personnel policy, the office will be closed when NYC schools are closed due to poor/severe weather.

Friday
Nov292013

2013 Christmas Party 

Join Local 2790 for our annual Christmas Party, Monday, December 23rd 2013

 At our meeting hall, Knights of Columbus,  4918 Queens Blvd 11377

Saturday
Nov232013

Local 2790 members and Training

Local 2790 Apprentices and members can now receive training at the Labor Technical College. The funds trustees approved memebers of 2790 can now take classes without restriction.

Wednesday
Sep182013

Join us this Saturday for a our annual family picnic and charity softball tournament

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

On Saturday, September 21st, the NYC District Council of Carpenters will be holding our annual family picnic and charity softball tournament in Cunningham Park, Queens beginning at 9:30AM. Please bring your family for a day of fun that includes T-shirts, lots of food and rides for the kids.

Visit  www.nycdistrictcouncil.com for directions and possible weather cancellations or delays.

Tuesday
Sep172013

UBC Personal Training Verification Card

The Carpenter International Training Fund has begun sending members a Personal Training Verification Card. The purpose of this card is to act as a single source to verfy all of a members certifications. Simply scan the QR Code on the face of the card with one of the many barcode apps available for smartphones. You will then be taken to a personal webpage listing all of your certifications with the Labor Technical College. 

Please note that even though the purpose of this card is to replace carrying around multiple cards to verify all of your certifcations, this is still a new program and is not recognized by all contractors or the NYC Department of Buildings. It is recommended you carry this card in addition to all your certifications to avoid issues on the jobsite.

Monday
Sep162013

The Carpenters Union Lottery Offers a Shot at the Middle Class

At the corner of Houston and Hudson, six blocks from the Soho bakery where ladies in expensive sandals queued up before the crack of dawnall summer to taste the Cronut, a different kind of line was forming. At first it was just a couple of burly men planted in lawn chairs outside the New York City District Council of Carpenters. A week later more than 1,000 others—security guards, welders, construction workers, and baby-faced kids fresh out of high school—had pitched tents and unfurled sleeping bags next to them. A passerby surveyed the crowd and guessed it was some sort of mixed martial arts ticket giveaway.

It wasn't.

Welcome to post-recession New York, where a middle-class job is a lottery prize and folks will camp out on the street just for a chance to play.

The carpenters union apprenticeship lottery only comes around once every few years. Anyone can submit his or her name. You just have to show up, fill out a card, and drop it in a box.

For this year's mid-August call, 750 cards are available. Who gets picked depends on employer demand. There's no telling how many jobs there will be, or when they will open up. But those who are selected will have a shot at one of the last-of-their-kind jobs that virtually guarantee a place in the middle class.

Five years ago, Jason Geronimo didn't have to wait in line. He just walked in and dropped off his card. "I happened to get lucky, I guess. About six to eight months later, I got a letter in the mail saying, you know, come to orientation."

At the time Geronimo was living with his mother in New Jersey, making $15 an hour installing drywall. Last week he was on his new job at Madison Square Garden, where he earns $48 an hour. He just bought a three-bedroom house closer to the city, where he hopes to start a family with his new wife.

He isn't swilling Champagne or gorging on Cronuts—he just has a normal job that pays him enough to provide. "It is a hard life. You're here early, sometimes you've gotta stay late, sometimes you gotta do some really labor-intensive things," Geronimo says. But "show up every day, and show them that you care, and they keep you on. You make enough to have a good life, you know?"

The folks in line outside the carpenters union came for the same thing: a life like his.

Donovan Cole works construction. He and his cousin Wendell Ortiz slept on the street for three nights to enter their names.

If Cole's card is pulled—and it can take years, if it gets pulled at all—he gets to fill out an application, take drug and math tests, and sit for an interview. If he can jump through those hoops, he will get to enroll in the four-year apprentice program. On the other end awaits a job as a union carpenter, where his wages and benefits could exceed $200,000 a year.

With such high stakes, one might think that spending a few days in line would start to feel like competing in the Hunger Games. Cole says it was the opposite. The guys in front of him held his place when he left to shower. And when his partner, Brianne, brought food, they all shared. They bonded, not over anything profound, "just the fact that it's so hard to get a job."

Cole has a job, but a union job—with security, benefits, a pension, and better pay—would be different. It's an increasingly rare commodity these days.

Nationwide, union membership dropped to the lowest rate in a century this year: 11.3 percent, a figure not seen since 1916. The numbers are more encouraging in New York, which, at 23 percent, boasts the highest membership rate in the nation.

"The decline of unions since the 1950s tracks almost exactly with the decline of the American middle class," says Robert Reich, secretary of labor under President Clinton and now a professor at the University of California, Berkeley, where he teaches a class on income inequality.

Those in line seemed to know that, which is why some slept on the street for a week to get a lottery card. They took turns watching over each other's stuff while some played football in the street and others went to Chelsea Piers for the free kayaking. They read newspapers and slept with the hoods of their sweatshirts pulled over their eyes.

"I couldn't sleep," Marquisse Valentine says. "Motorcycles would ride by real loud. Garbage trucks were picking up trash."

The 20-year-old moved to the Bronx from Connecticut about six months ago. His brother is still living back home, and the drive into the city took him so long that he ended up about 300 people behind Valentine and his uncle in line. They didn't even try to sneak him in.

"It would have caused a domino effect [of ill will]," Valentine explains. "For you to just come and skip—it's disrespectful."

Not everyone saw it the same way. Late Sunday night some "riffraff" tried to cut the line,James Day says. A few tough guys set them straight. Day is already a union member; he was camping out to keep his 19-year-old son company.

By the time the sun came up on Monday, more than 1,600 people were waiting.

"In years past, everyone basically got a slot in the lottery that was in line," says Kwame Patterson, spokesman for the New York City District Council of Carpenters. "In fact, we had guys that would come in maybe two hours, three hours, four hours after the line was depleted, and they'd still get a slot.

"This year we ran out of slots in two hours," Patterson continues. "We had to inform everyone that was still standing in line after we ran out that we may do this again in 2015, but we're out. We don't have any more slots to provide."

Fewer than half of those who waited got a card. Even the ones who did will go back to the jobs they have (or back to the hunt for one) while they wait to hear from the union. They won't hold their breath. "We just recently called somebody who was on the 2009 list," Patterson says.

Outside the union hall, working men say gruff goodbyes and exchange phone numbers to keep in touch. Valentine sits on a loading dock across the street with his uncle, waiting for his brother to reach the front of the line. Asked if he'd be jealous if his brother got the call and he did not, Valentine shakes his head.

"I'd be happy for him," he says. "Can't be mad. This could really change someone's life."

tstuart@villagevoice.com

Saturday
Sep142013

Minutes, Communications, Bills, and Reports Posted

The minutes, communications, bills, and reports from the August Executive Board and Membership meetings are available to view in the members-only section.