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

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.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Who is the Bloom Law Firm and Why Is Lisa Bloom Suing Douglas McCarron and His Cronies For $50 Million Dollars

General President Douglas J. McCarron
By Silence Dogood

Despite erroneous misinformation being spread that Mike McCarron has taken a dive and made a deal with UBC General President Doug McCarron. Despite erroneous misinformation being spread by Doug McCarron that he has over $600 million of rank and file members money to persecute Mike McCarron while Mike has nothing. Despite erroneous misinformation being spread that Douglas McCarron has silenced little brother Mike McCarron, it appears these are blatant lies.

It appears Mike Mccarron is far from done fighting and has made no deals. It appears we will see if Doug McCarron and his cronies will be allowed to abuse any more of rank and file members money to continue this persecution of Mike McCarron .

We will see if rank and file members money will be abused in defense of the counter lawsuit for 10 causes of action at $50 million each filed by Mike McCarrons new lawyer Lisa Bloom of the prestigious Bloom Law Firm of NYC.

The Bloom law firms Lisa Bloom, is known as a prominent attorney, author and legal analyst. She has appeared as a legal expert on networks such as CBS and CNN. Attorney Bloom is The Today Show’s legal analyst and appears frequently on NBC Nightly News, Morning Joe and The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell. She is also now the attorney on record for Mike McCarron in his attempt to defend himself against the persecution from Douglas McCarron and his cronies as individuals and as United Brotherhood of Carpenters Officers.

Response to Judge Berman relating to Veto of Patrick Nee and Levy Messinetti as officers and delegates of Local 157

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.

We write specifically to address the issues identified by the Court in its July 25 Order, i.e., whether the issues raised by Messrs. Nee and Messinetti in their July 2012 applications"remain ripe for consideration"and whether the RO's June 26, 2012 Notice of Veto was within his authority under the June 2010 Stipulation and Order, with citation to "appropriate background, context, and authority which may help to resolve any 'ambiguity' perceived by the Second Circuit."

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Unions, Activists Align on Affordable Housing

A group of New York City construction unions have forged a coalition with affordable housing activists to ratchet up pressure on Mayor Bill de Blasio to require organized labor in the building of 80,000 lower-cost apartment units over the next decade.

The unions say they will begin supporting a call for 50% of the new units to be set aside for lower- and middle-income residents, a key tenet of the housing advocates' agenda and a departure from past practice in the city.

Unions are also willing to make an unusual concession, accepting wages that are 40% lower than normal union pay on affordable-housing projects in certain neighborhoods in Queens, Brooklyn, the Bronx and upper Manhattan for a new class of workers with less experience than existing members, many of them drawn from local communities.

The coalition would bring together two powerful interest groups who have traditionally been at odds. Much affordable housing has traditionally been built without union labor because developers, advocates and policy makers say that higher wages means fewer units.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Letter to Judge Berman from the Review Officer

Dear Judge Berman: I write as requested by the Court in its Order of June 6”‘ to comment on the proposed Stipulation and Order and Independent Monitor.

I said in the conclusion to my Fifth Interim Report that the shared goal of all concerned with the District Council “is an autonomous District Council, governed wisely by members who flourish in a sound democratic system.” I cited Emerson’s guidance that “bolts and bars are not the best of our institutions” and said “that which will serve the members best” will be the product of their intellect and hard work, integrity and courage.” Fifth Interim Report at 42. The difficulty in this regard is of course devising a method to determine when the leaders of the District Council and its Benefit Funds are capable of meeting the responsibility to prudently conduct the business of the Union and the Funds in a continually compliant manner. Though that time may be near, I believe that some mechanism must be in place to insure that the investment of time, money and intellect made by the parties, the Court and my office is protected.

NYCDCC vs. Assn of Wall-Ceiling and Carpentry Industries of NY, Inc.

This dispute arises out of the WCC’s claim that the International Agreement executed between it and the United Brotherhood of Carpenters (“UBC”) the parent of the WCC, supersedes the Collective Bargaining Agreement between the WCC and the DCC. The DCC seeks to set aside an arbitration award issued on July 22, 2014 in favor of the WCC.

Monday, August 4, 2014

Office of Dennis M. Walsh The Review Officer 90 Civil 5722 (SDNY) (RMB)

NOTICE OF NOMINATION AND ELECTION OF DISTRICT COUNCIL OFFICERS

Supervision and Conduct of Elections 

Pursuant to Paragraph 5.k of the Stipulation and Order entered on June 3, 2010, in the matter of United States v. District Council, et al., 90 Civ. 5722 (SDNY) (RMB) and the Court’s Order of July 7, 2014, the elections referenced herein are being supervised by the Review Officer.

The nomination and election of officers of the District Council of New York City and Vicinity of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America (the “District Council”), specifically, the Executive Secretary-Treasurer, President, Vice President, Warden, Conductor and three Trustees, will take place as follows:

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Arbitrator Rules on Wall and Ceiling Association International Agreements

This dispute arises out of the WCC’s claim that the International Agreement executed between it and the United Brotherhood of Carpenters (“UBC”) the parent of the WCC, supersedes the Collective Bargaining Agreement between the WCC and the DCC. It seeks a declaration to that effect. The DCC asserts that the local contract is not superseded by the International Agreement.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Picket Duty Opportunity - Join Build Up NYC

Let's join BUNYC next Wednesday August 6 at the City Planning Commission's hearing regarding Astoria Cove! We want to call on Brooklyn Bridge Park to make a strong commitment to good, safe jobs and affordable housing in Brooklyn and having Union workers would benefit our cause greatly! Come show your support and do your part to help secure good middle class construction, building services, and security jobs in Brooklyn!


*OFFICIAL PICKET DUTY OPPORTUNITY

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Benefits Toolbox July Newsletter

For more info visit the Benefit Funds website.