Friday, January 1, 2016

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

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Get Out and VOTE!


Sunday, March 29, 2015

Meet the Independent Monitor–– GLEN MCGORTY

Glen G McCorty
Dear Members of the District Council and its Benefit Funds,

It is a great honor to be appointed as your Independent Monitor. First and foremost, I am committed to approaching this position with diligence and respect. The District Council and its Benefit Funds have a tumultuous past, but the core mission runs deep. Every interaction I have had with its Brothers and Sisters has shown me that you are here to support each other, and that you will hold the District Council and its Benefit Funds accountable to that purpose. I will aid you in this endeavor, drawing on my experience of nearly fifteen years as a federal prosecutor, during which I prosecuted organized crime, fraud, and corruption of every sort.

I come to the Council at a time when the most visible forms of corruption have been abolished. However, this success required the decisive action of both the District Court and United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York and its appointed Monitors. Great progress has been made in adopting policies that guard against corruption, and I firmly believe that it is now time for the District Council and the Benefit Funds to assume a greater role in holding itself up to the admirable standards set forth in the UBC Constitution.

I will work with the leadership of the Council and the Funds to ensure that all improvements to its operations going forward benefit members in a fair, effective, and compliant way. And while my approach to this job will be one of teamwork and cooperation, make no mistake that I am here for a single purpose: to ensure this union remains free of the problems which have plagued its past. As a result, I will not tolerate corruption at any level of this organization and I intend to use the powers given to me by the District Court to prioritize this goal above all others.

I do not believe my time here, however, is indefinite. On the contrary, during my tenure I hope to oversee the strengthening of the governing framework to the point where a monitor is no longer necessary. Self-governance cannot be achieved without your involvement. This Council’s democratic system of governance depends on it, and corruption can rebound all too easily amid disinterest.

I urge you to stay educated about the issues facing the District Council and its Benefit Funds and to use your voice and your vote in an informed and reasoned way. I also urge you to use both the Independent Monitor Hotline (877-712-4896) and internal lines of reporting, if you have any concerns about corrupt practices. This union has a bright future, and I look forward to assisting in any way I can to get it there.

Respectfully, Glen G. McGorty

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

The Final Report of the Review Officer

Federal Watchdog Dennis Walsh
My work has been appropriately concluded. I am largely satisfied with the condition of the District Council, even more so with that of the Benefit Funds. I have endeavored to assist both in the pursuit of a prosperous future for their constituents. That is their solemn responsibility.

Let the bells ring. Though there is much good news, there are those for whom my departure is reason enough for celebration. But I hope that there are also those who reflect on what has been wrought, and on the simple question: what now?

To those who will continue to accept the imperative of working hard and meeting the challenges facing the Union with courage, energy and intellect, but most of all with honor, I will say well done.

Sunday, December 21, 2014

District Council Officer Election - Preliminary Results

Below are the election results in this year's District Council Officer Elections. Please note that this is not the official posting of the results. We are waiting on the certified election results from the Review Officer. We will post those as soon as we receive that information.

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Government Response to Motion for Stay

Plaintiff-appellee the United States submits this opposition to the application by non-party appellants Patrick Nee and Levy Messinetti for a stay of the entry of a consent decree agreed to by the parties (and already entered by the district court), while their appeal of a previous matter is pending. The application should be denied. First, Nee and Messinetti seek to challenge an order of the district court from which they never appealed, and accordingly this Court lacks jurisdiction. Second, their challenge rests on a misconstruction of the district court’s order, and a misreading of a passing remark by the district judge, and is accordingly meritless.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Javits Center Accepting Applications

The Javits Center will be accepting Journey person Applications on Friday December 5th from 3pm – 5pm and Saturday December 6th from 8am – 4pm. You must bring a valid State ID, Social Security Card for payroll purposes and an up to date Union Card. Applicants please enter the Javits Center through the employee entrance at West 34th Street and 12th Avenue.

Memorandum in Support of an Injunction or Stay Pending Appeal or Review

We are objecting to the Monitor having the authority to 'approve' candidates before they are permitted to run for elected office because this authority bars us from running for elected office without ever having been afforded the required process and alters the theory upon which the case was originally decided, (a decision which we are currently appealing).

Before one can stop any union member from running for elected office in their union, other than for nonpayment of dues, that member has to have been provided with a fair hearing and the opportunity to defend themselves. The very minimum that can be afforded to any member is the process contained in their unions constitution.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

U.S. v. D.C. Transcript of 11.19.14 Court Conference

THE COURT: I originally thought it was a good idea to meet the staff as it were. I didn't realize at the time how big the staff was. They are certainly welcome. What I thought I would do -- I have gotten your helpful agenda in terms of talking to people -- is use your agenda. So, for example, Mr. Geiger, we'll start with you. I have a couple of questions. I have read everybody's affidavit. If there is some gist or point that each of you wishes to make, do that first. I am happy to hear it. Just that. So how about Mr. Geiger, who is the executive secretary treasurer of the District Council. Nice to meet you. I think we met before.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Stipulation and Order Regarding Appointment of an Independent Monitor

Glen G McCorty
The Court signed an Order appointing a new Independent Monitor, Glen G McCorty of the firm Crowell & Moring on November 18, 2014. Mr. McCorty term is for fifteen months and will begin on January 1, 2015, his compensation and expenses are presume to be $75,000 per month.

Glen G. McGorty is a partner in Crowell & Moring's New York Office and a member of the White Collar & Regulatory Enforcement practice group and the firm's Litigation and Trial Department.

Glen is an experienced trial lawyer and served almost fifteen years as a federal prosecutor in the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York (SDNY) and the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) in Washington, D.C. During his career with the government, Glen prosecuted and supervised a wide range of significant high-profile cases, handling white collar matters such as securities fraud, public corruption, wire and mail fraud, money laundering, tax violations, insider trading, accounting fraud and options backdating cases, and other serious criminal cases, such as RICO enterprises, international narcotics trafficking, and violent crimes including kidnapping and murder.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Cement union funds sue over 'alter ego' companies |

Several funds operated by concrete labor unions allege in two new lawsuits that construction companies have been creating “alter egos” to avoid paying tens of millions of dollars in union benefits.

In one suit, several funds claim that Navillus Tile and sibling owners Donald, Kevin and Helen O’Sullivan hid their interest in two other companies in an effort to get out of labor agreements the firm had previously signed. The O’Sullivans, the suit alleges, “fraudulently schemed” to use Times Square Construction and Advanced Construction Solutions to avoid paying more than $35 million that would have gone to pay for workers pensions, training, education and vacations.

The suit was filed Oct. 17 by funds and members of the Metal Lathers Local 46, Cement Workers, Cement Masons Local 780 and the Carpenters. The unions, which say they all had bargaining agreements with Navillus that mandated fund contributions, are members of the Concrete Industry Coalition.

Most of the 48-page complaint is spent establishing that Times Square and Advanced Construction are directly tied to Navillus and should therefor be subject to the bargaining agreements. It notes all three companies had sent letters to the city Department of Buildings using the exact same language, that that the companies had used trucks that belonged to Navillus and that all shared some of the same key employees.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

New York City District Council Of Carpenters, LM2 Report

The Labor-Management Reporting and Disclosure Act (LMRDA), which is enforced by the Office of Labor-Management Standards, requires labor unions to file annual reports detailing their operations. Contained in those reports are breakdowns of each union's spending, income, salaries and other financial information.

Listed below is the New York City District Council Of Carpenters, LM2 Report filed September 29, 2014.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

New York District Council Sued for 8 Million By Minority SignatoryContractor

Creative Construction has sued the NYC Council for 8 million alleging among other things racial discrimination and civil rights violations. The council has also been accused of bypassing the Out Of Work list and violating the new bylaws and thus the consent decree.

Creative Construction has accused the council of forcing substandard uncooperative, unskilled and non productive members who had been laid off by other contractors such as RCC Construction on the same job over to Creative instead of back to the Out Of Work List. The suit also alleges the council is by passing the Out of Work list and violating the consent decree by sending skilled members to non minority companies regardless of where they are on the list.

Council Reps Rambo and Betlewicz are accused of threats such as telling creative owner to “Lets go outside and settle this” and racists remarks such as. "You just hire your own kind” and “You minority’s take food out of my mouth.” There is also sexist remarks alleged by the Council against a Creative female project manger.

The Council is also accused of providing a non certified shop steward and harassing, threatening and intimidating any member not sent from the hall or placed on site by the council. The suit was filed on September 19, 2014.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

UBC Lawyer DeCarlo Blows Another One: Mike McCarron Case Moves Forward

THE UBC TRIAL SYSTEM IS ON TRIAL—SECTION 52 AND SECTION 14D WILL BE JUDGED.


An attempt to get the Mike McCarron case tossed on a technicality has failed. A federal judge TODAY DECIDED HE WILL hear the counter claim and allegations against Doug McCarron and his fellow UBC defendants. The Judge struck an early version of the counter claim and accepted a newer version with more ass to it. The Judge also declared his intent to allow the Bloom firm to amend if a dismissal request is filed.

Friday, October 3, 2014

Mike McCarron and the Bloom law firm fight for the Rank & File

Mike McMarron
A new website has been created to discuss and expose the ongoing persecution of UBC union member Mike McCarron. It was created to detail his battle to fight back against the tyrannical practices of the present leadership of the UBC. Click here or visit http://brothermikemccarron.blogspot.com to find out the truth about our United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Mike's fight.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

September 30, 2014 Status Hearing Transcript and Court Order

A Status Hearing for the District Council of Carpenters was held on September 30, 2014 at the Daniel Patrick Moynihan U.S. Courthouse, 500 Pearl Street, 17th Floor, New York, New York, 10007. Please see the below document for the transcript of the proceedings and court order.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Mike McCarron and Bloom fight for Rank And File: Like it or Not

Mike McCarron and Lisa Bloom File Secondary Case With Los Angeles County Superior Court

By Silence Dogood

In another blow to the Big Bad Doug McCarron has crushed Mike McCarron story the Bloom law firm has filed a second case against Doug McCarron and his cronies in Los Angeles Superior court. I should not use the word cronies but after reading this brief, especially the absurd and vulgar tale of one Dan McDonald or the Phil Newkirk DOL letters I am at a loss as how else to describe them. This filing also includes a request for a TRO and Injunction. This brief further describes and details the persecution tactics of the UBC and Doug McCarron against anybody who tells him no. An experience an ever growing number of members of the UBC have in common.

Despite the stories declaring Mike McCarron the same Douglas McCarron because they carry the same last name the FACTS show otherwise. Recently a rather foolish and erroneous statement was made that Mike McCarron was the number two man at the UBC and as such was equally involved and equally liable for the Douglas McCarron rape of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters democracy, the abuse of the rank and file membership and the persecution of all and any who tell the UBC no.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Judge Berman OPINION & ORDER

After considering all of the relevant evidence and the arguments advanced by Nee, Messinetti,and the RO,the Court concluded that RO Walsh's decision to remove Nee and Messinetti from their positions as delegates and officers of the Local 157 was not "arbitrary or capricious," did not exceed the authority granted to him under the 2010 Stipulation and Order, and was supported by substantial evidence.

9/11, 13 years on: The Day We Will Never Forget

America on 9/11: firemen at the World Trade Center; the second tower under attack
The 13th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the United States will be commemorated today throughout the region, to mark the date this year and honor the victims.

The September 11, attacks occurred when 19 al-Qaeda Muslim fanatics hijacked four passenger airplanes, crashing two of the jets into the North and South towers of the World Trade Center in New York City and crashing a third airplane into the Pentagon in Virginia.

A fourth hijacked jet crashed into a field in Pennsylvania after the passengers tried to take control of the plane from the hijackers.

2,977 people were killed.

Monday, September 1, 2014

Brief Of Patrick Nee And Levy Messenetti In Response To Courts Request For Submissions

We write in response to the Court's Order dated July 25, 2014, issued following the Second Circuit's Summary Order dated July 23,2014 in this matter. The Circuit vacated the Court's decision of October 23, 2012 upholding the Review Officer's veto of Patrick Nee and Levy Messinetti as officers and delegates of Local 157 and remanded the matter for further proceedings.