Thursday, January 1, 2015

Carpenter Forum

Let's be heard! A Mobilized Membership Is An Irresistible Force. This forum is dedicated to empowering and mobilizing the membership into an irresistible force through the free and open exchange of information, ideas and opinions in the belief that as Union members you have the right to information, to hear, and to be heard! A Mobilized Membership Is An Irresistible Force

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Nee and Messinetti Win on Appeal

VACATE the district court’s October 23, 2012 order and REMAND the matter for further proceedings not inconsistent with this order. 


On June 26, 2012 Review Officer, (RO) Dennis Walsh vetoed Local 157 President Patrick Nee as president and delegate; Peter Corrigan as financial secretary and delegate; Levy Messinetti as recording secretary and delegate; Gauntlett Holness as trustee.

Nee, Messinetti and Holmes filed pro se letters in July 2012 to Judge Berman seeking review of the Notice of Veto.

On October 23, 2012, Judge Berman issued his decision and order: "the court finds that the RO's determinations with respect to Nee, Messinetti and Holmes was supported by substantial evidence and were not arbitrary or capricious. Accordingly the application for review are denied."

Nee and Messinetti appealed Judge Berman's decision to the UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS FOR THE SECOND CIRCUIT, argueing that the RO’s veto authority is limited to “actions” under 5(b)(iii).

The Second Circuit said that the language in the Stipulation and Order was "ambiguous" as to whether the authority applied to the veto of an elected official and remanded the matter to the District Court to determine the intentions of the District Council and the government in this regard.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Retirees and New York City District Council of Carpenters Welfare Fund Reach Settlement

On May 23, 2012, a group of retirees, by and through their attorney, The Law Office of Harvey S. Mars LLC, filed a lawsuit against the New York City District Council of Carpenters Welfare Fund, which they allege among other things, that the retiree class will be required to pay substantial monthly and other co-payments for what were previously free benefits and their participation in the plan will be terminated unless such premiums are paid.

On July 17, 2014 without mention of the lawsuit, the Board of Trustees, the NYCDCC Welfare Fund announce that a plan has been approved for the restoration of dental coverage, as well as a fifty percent reduction in retiree premiums.

Below is a letter dated July 18, 2014, from the attorneys representing the Welfare Fund to Judge Paul Oetken stating that the parties have reached a settlement of this matter in its entirety.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Union Rally: Monday July 21, 2014 at 8:00

Join us on Monday and lets make some noise and turn this job UNION!

There is a rally scheduled on Monday July 21, 2014 at 8:00, at 25 Broadway, Manhattan, across from the Financial Bull downtown.

Tribeca Floors is the target. They are installing wood flooring and sub flooring, paying their top guy $21/hr cash and no benefits and a regular worker gets $15 to $18 dollars/hr no benefits.

The Coordinator is Gerry Matthews, stop bye and show your support and receive your picket duty credit.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Breaking News

On behalf of the Board of Trustees, the NYCDCC Welfare Fund is pleased to announce that a plan has been approved for the restoration of dental coverage, as well as a fifty percent reduction in retiree premiums. The reduction of retiree premiums will take effect September 1, 2014, while the restoration of dental coverage will be effective October 1, 2014.

While the Benefit Funds Office is currently working on the implementation of these changes, what we can now report is that the new dental coverage will be through Aetna Dental Maintenance Organization (DMO), effective October 1, 2014. The plan will have no deductible and no annual limits, and will provide one hundred percent coverage for “preventive” and “basic” dental procedures. “Major” dental procedures will be covered at eighty percent. As we work through the implementation process and get closer to the effective date, we will be sure to provide you a full update and explanation of the plan changes, as well as contact information for Aetna.

Additionally, effective September 1, 2014, retiree premiums will be reduced by fifty percent. The reduced payments for retirees will be reflected in retiree statements once the reduction is officially implemented.

Lastly, it is important to note that the Board of Trustees also approved the implementation of a “Reserve Trigger Point.” To avoid financial issues in the future, it was decided that if the assets of the Fund drop below a certain level, the benefits reinstated under this agreement will be rescinded and only restored when the assets rise back to another predetermined level. The agreement states that, if reserves drop below seven (7) months, the dental benefits and the fifty percent reduction in retiree premiums will be rescinded on the first day of the next month. However, if the reserve then rises back to nine (9) months, the benefits will be restored on the first day of the following month. The current reserve level of the NYCDCC Welfare Fund is approximately twelve (12) months. The Benefit Funds Office will report the Welfare Fund Reserve number on an annual basis, or more frequently if required, on the NYCDCCBF website and in the Benefits Toolbox newsletter.

If you have any questions about these benefit changes, please feel free to contact the Benefit Funds’ Member Services Department at (800) 529-FUND (3863) or (212) 366-7373.

Saturday, July 12, 2014

PLA's Approved: Delegate Body Meeting July 9, 2014

PLA's Approved: $7.54 Off A Rate B12A  


525 West 52nd St: 14 Story and 22 Story, 450,000 SF, 80% Market Rate, 20 % Affordable Housing, Approximately 200,000 Man Hours

225 East 39th St: 36 Story, 380,000 SF, 80% Market Rate, 20% Affordable Housing, Approximately 130,000 Man Hours

138 East 50th St: 50 Story, 257,000 SF, Hotel, Approximately 115,000 Man Hours

$4.00 Off A Rate B12A  


53 West 53rd St: 70 Story, 728,000 SF, Residential, Approximately 235,000 Man Hours

The recommendation of the Executive Committee was to approve the following Project Labor Agreements and to amend the future Manhattan Residential/Hospitality PLA's addendums to reflect a $4.00 deduction going forward from the current $7.54 deduction.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Court Order from Judge Berman granting the Review Officers application for DC elections.

In anticipation of the 2014 District Council Ofiicer Election, pursuant to his responsibility for supervising and conducting elections under paragraph 5.}: of the June 3, 2010 Stipulation and Order, the Review Officer has made ministerial changes to the 2011 Final Election Rules, changing dates to reflect the timing of election procedures in 2014 (rather than in 2011) and eliminating the unnecessary position of Election Officer (which was held by a former member of the Review Offic'cr’s staff. The Review Officer seeks the Court's approval of these new Election Rules (“ERs") in advance of the commencement of the 20l4 election cycle on August 4, 2014.

New York City District Council of Carpenters Board of Trustee's Restore Full benefits for All Active and Retired Members With NO DEDUCTIBLES!!!

UBC brother William Kane of Local 2287 started a petition "NYC District Council of Carpenters Board of Trustee's: New York City District Council of Carpenters Board of Trustee's Restore Full benefits for All Active and Retired Members With NO DEDUCTIBLES!!!" and invites you to help get our benefits back by adding your name to the petition.

Our goal is to reach 25,000 signatures and we need your support. You can read more and sign the petition by clicking here.

Friday, July 4, 2014

Happy Fourth of July!

Happy birthday to the United States of America! It's been 238 years since the founding fathers declared independence from Great Britain and formed a country of 13 colonies.

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Carpenters Receive Wage & Benefit Increase

The New York City District Council of Carpenters’ Delegate Body ratified by a roll call vote a $2.40 per hour contract wage and benefit increase to begin July 1, 2014 for the members working under the following collective bargaining agreements.

Arch Metal Glass, Building Contractors Association (BCA), Independent Building and Construction Agreement, The Association of Wall-Ceiling and Carpentry Industries (WC&C) and Floor Coverers.

The $2.40 per hour wage and benefit allocations are as follows:
  • $1.00 Increase to Hourly Wages 
  • $0.44 Increase to Pension Fund 
  • $0.96 Increase to Annuity  Fund

Friday, June 20, 2014

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Don’t forget to vote today

Polls are open 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. today for the Local 157 Officer Election, so don’t forget to vote.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Members Voice

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Monday, June 16, 2014

A Message from Local 157 President Mitch Sonntage

President’s Agenda for Change

Brother and Sisters:

In construction, if you don’t produce you’re down the road. When a carpenter is given a job to do, and there is no change, you are out the door. Since I was elected as President of Local 157, I thank you for your confidence, I thank you for your support, I thank you for the opportunity to work for you, to produce for you and make positive changes for you. Brothers and Sisters, change began in March 2013 and I want to tell you about it.

Thursday, June 12, 2014


The New York City District Council of Carpenters, a non-profit, unincorporated labor organization with its main offices in lower Manhattan, seeks a political action Compliance Counsel.

Retained Counsel will provide written and oral reports to the Executive Secretary-Treasurer, President, Political Director, and Executive Committee regarding the District Council’s, and its Political Action Committee’s compliance with Federal, New York State, and New York City legislative and election laws and regulations. These laws and regulations include, but are not limited to, all Federal Campaign Finance laws, the New York State Lobbying Act (Legislative Law §1-a), NYC Lobbying Law (Administrative Code, Sections 3-211-223 and Title 51 of the Rules of the City of New York Sections 1-01-08), and New York State Election Law Article 14. Accordingly, this position will oversee and assist with all necessary filings before the New York State Board of Elections, New York Joint Commission on Public Ethics, New York City Board of Elections, New York City Clerk’s Office, and any that may be required with the Federal Election Commission. Familiarity with these laws is required, including those rules and regulations dealing with campaign finance expenditures and receipts, including independent expenditures. JD and admission to New York State Bar are required.

All proposals should be sent by June 20, 2014, to Daniel Walcott, Director of Political Action, New York City District Council of Carpenters, 395 Hudson Street, New York, New York 10014. Responses may also be emailed to, or faxed to 212.366.7497.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

WC&C 2014 Scholarship Program

The Association of Wall Ceiling & Carpentry Industries of New York, Inc. values education from grade school to apprenticeship and beyond and is committed again this year to helping families of UBC Carpenters access the high-quality college education they deserve.

Accordingly, the Association is proud to sponsor the 2014 WC&C Scholarship Program and is offering twelve (12) $3,000 scholarships to students with at least one parent who is a NYCDCC Carpenter.

Scholarship is open to students at any level of their studies (not just entering freshmen) and scholarship award is paid directly to the student to use as they choose. Deadline is June 30, 2014.

Application can be downloaded from the WC&C website at or can be obtained by calling the Association at (516) 478-5600. The application can also be found on the NYCDCC Funds website, or you can click here to download Application.

Real Members Voice

Monday, June 9, 2014

Members Voice

Saturday, June 7, 2014

Court order issued yesterday by Judge Berman

Below is a Court order issued yesterday by Judge Berman in response to the letter sent to him on June 4th by the U.S. Attorney, the District Council and the Benefit Funds.

Given the significance of the proposed changes in governance and oversight of the District Council (i.e.,a proposed new Independent Monitor and proposed amended Stipulation and Order), a public hearing with a full opportunity for everyone to be heard on all the issues is both necessary and desirable. That hearing will take place in September.

The September hearing will be held on September 10, 2014 at 11:30a.m. Written comments regarding the proposed Stipulation and Order and Independent Monitor should be served and filed any time on or before August 11, 2014. The Court would appreciate and expect written comments from,among others, Mr.Walsh.