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, April 17, 2014

The DC's Latest 30-Day Report Prepared by Zuckerman Spaeder

This report covers the period from March 1, 2014 to March 31, 2014 and sets forth statistics regarding electronic job reporting and related anti-corruption compliance measures established by the District Council’s collective bargaining agreements (“CBAs”) with the Wall-Ceiling and Carpentry Industries of New York, Inc. (“WC&C”), the Building Contractors Association, Inc. (“BCA”), the General Contractors Association of New York, Inc. (“GCA”), the Floor Coverers Association of Greater New York, Inc. (“FCA”), the Contractors Association of Greater New York (“CAGNY”), the Cement League, Inc. (“CLI”), and the Association of Concrete Contractors of New York, Inc. (“ACCNY”).

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Job Posting: 1556 Council Representative Wanted

The New York City District Council of Carpenters is seeking to hire Dockbuilders and Timbermen from Local 1556 to be Council Representatives. The selected candidates will have had direct and substantial experience in the jurisdiction and work of the Dockbuilders and/or Timbermen and be knowledgeable about 1556’s main Dockbuilding and Timbermen CBAs.

To be considered, candidates must be Dockbuilders or Timbermen and members in good standing of 1556 and be a member since at least March 21, 2004. Successful candidates will have strong working knowledge of the trade, including the Collective Bargaining Agreement, job site safety, and the grievance filing process. Council Representatives who work in the Business Center are responsible for:

  1.  Ensuring that members and contractors are in full compliance with the applicable Collective Bargaining Agreement. 
  2. Visiting job sites regularly, representing the District Council, evaluating job sites and the work being conducted, and ensuring that the Collective Bargaining Agreement and all relevant federal and local laws are being followed. 
  3. Receiving and responding to job site complaints, Collective Bargaining Agreement issues and grievances. 
  4. Providing member services, both in person and over the phone. 
  5. Reviewing Shop Steward Reports, ensuring the manning provision is correct and that the hours are properly recorded.
  6. Other duties as assigned.

Interested candidates should send their resumes to Dana Brownstein, Human Resources Director at dbrownstein@nycdistrictcouncil.org or drop them off at the 9th floor desk in the reception area. Resumes are only being considered up until April 18th at 5pm.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

TEN YEARS AND GOING STRONG!!

You are cordially invited to join the F.O.W. Tenth Anniversary Party on April 24, 2014, Three Sheets Saloon West 3rd and Sixth Avenue @ 4:30.

Over the last ten years, the F.O.W. has been merging devoted Union Carpenters who hold woodworking in high regard and proven a commitment to the craft. Participate in celebrating ten years of uniting hundreds of dedicated union woodworkers and raising the standard of Architectural Woodworking in New York City.

Our meetings are held on the last Thursday of each month. New meeting location pending. Our next will be on March 27, 2014 at the above address.

We have many exciting things planned for the upcoming New Year. Up-date your membership & inquire information about the F.O.W. Certified Out Of Work list.

Please contribute to our fundraiser by purchasing a F.O.W. 10th Anniversary T-Shirt!! 

Click here! Made in the U.S.A.

Tuer Frater!

Monday, March 24, 2014

Court Order from Judge Berman re Removal of Specific Prior Notice Requirements

Notwithstanding the provisions of paragraphs 5(b)(i)(l), (2), (3) and (4), and paragraph 5(c)(i), of the June 3, 2010 Stipulation and Order, the Court hereby authorizes the District Council to take the actions specified in the aforementioned paragraphs without (if it elects) giving prior notice to the Review Officer. This Order applies until further notice by the Court and is issued on consent of the District Council, the Government, and the Review Officer.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Order from Judge Berman Approving Tradeshow CBA

Having reviewed the record herein, including, without limitation, (i) the May 26, 2009 Court Order determining that "[t]he percentage of the total carpenter workforce on a job site selected by a contractor shall not exceed 67%" with "[t]he remaining 33% of the total carpenter workforce on a jobsite ... assigned by the District Council from the Out of Work List," (Final Order and Judgment of Contempt and Remedy, filed May 27, 2009 ("2009 Order"), at 3(b)(iv), (v)); (ii) the Court's May 8, 2013 Decision and Order stating that "it is ordered that the Court's May 26, 2009 Order (Haight, J.) is hereby modified and superseded to permit the parties forthwith to implement the full mobility job hiring and compliance procedures specified in the [collective bargaining agreement ("CBA")] between the District Council and the [Wall-Ceiling and Carpentry Industries of New York, Inc. ("WC&C")] approved on April25, 2013"; (iii) the District Council's February 14, 2014letter which: enclosed a copy of a new CBA between the District Council and the New York Trade Show Contractors Association (the "NYTSCA CBAs" or "Agreements"); noted that "[a]s with the other collective bargaining agreements submitted to Your Honor for review and approval, this CBA provides for full mobility, electronic reporting of jobs and hours, and the anti-corruption compliance features of those earlier agreements;" stated that the NYTSCA CBA "was ratified by the District Council's Delegate Body at its regularly scheduled meeting on February 12, 2014 by a roll call vote of 85 yes and 1 no;" and requested that the Court issue an order "similar to those earlier Orders with respect to collective bargaining agreements providing for full mobility, electronic reporting of jobs and hours, [and] anti-corruption compliance features."

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Petition to Demand Hudson Related Hire Companies with Safer Safety Records on Roosevelt Island

Many of you may have noticed ongoing demonstrations on Roosevelt Island and might have wondered about the reasons behind them.  Here’s some context: six of Riverwalk’s nine buildings have already been built with few if any affordable housing units available to the general public.  Three Riverwalk buildings are remaining to be built which should include the affordable housing mandate of at least 40% required by the Roosevelt Island General Development Plan.  After all these years, construction has finally begun on Riverwalk 7, the first of these with the potential for affordable housing.  However, protesters are raising concerns that this construction is being completed by workers who are not being paid a living wage, health benefits, disability benefits, or retirement benefits and who may not have the apprenticeship training and years of on the job experience that they need for construction to be safer for both themselves and the residents of Roosevelt Island.

Transcript from March 10, 2014 Court Conference

THE COURT: It seems like there are several topics on the agenda. I had said we have some, and is this overall theme here somehow which is puzzling to me, which I guess the way to describe it would be that the parties -- or some are seeking a substantial modification of the RO's role in this proceeding. That's one that's -- I don't know if it's surprising is the term, but I'm not quite understanding the dynamic in particular between I think the district council and the RO. So, at the appropriate time if you want to explore that I'd be happy to hear a little bit more about that. That colors and impacts several of the items on the agenda.

Response to the Court’s order dated March 4, 2014

Response to the Court’s order dated March 4, 2014, to express support for the Review Officer’s proposal to (1) waive enforcement of all prior notice requirements placed upon the District Council and local unions by the Stipulation and Order of June 3, 2010, as set forth in paragraphs 5.b and 5.c of the Stipulation and Order, and (2) to eliminate the veto authority given to the Review Officer by paragraph 5.b.iii of the Stipulation and Order, in favor of enforcement proceedings instituted by the Review Officer in this Court.

Pat Nee letter to Judge Berman

I write in regards to the Review Officer’s March 3 2014 letter to the court. On pg.3 ¶1 of his submission the Review Officer states that in the absence of an agreement from the District Council to extend his term prior to the March 10th Court Conference he will move the Court to extend his tenure at that Conference. Since nothing has ever been presented to the Delegate Body in regards to granting the Review Officer another extension to his tenure, and with no scheduled Delegate Body meeting until March 13th , there is no possibility of any agreement being in place prior to the March 10th Court Conference, which means that what the Review Officer is attempting to do is to bypass the District Councils governing body in his petition to the Court.

I believe that this attempt to invoke the Courts authority without ever making any attempt to bring the matter in front of the Delegate Body is improper and contrary to the Stipulations stated intent of creating a democratic self-governing District Council. I find it difficult to reconcile any attempt to bypass the District Councils governing body with being a purported step towards self-governance.

RO Letter to Judge Berman

As part of an initiative to afford the District Council (including its eight affiliated local unions) the opportunity to demonstrate that it can sustain the reform measures that have been implemented and that it can conduct its affairs without prior approvals and the threat of veto, the Review Officer ("RO") seeks the Court's consent (l) to waive enforcement of all prior notice requirements placed upon the District Council and local unions by the Stipulation and Order, as set forth in paragraphs 5.b and 5.c, and (2) to eliminate the veto authority given to the RO by paragraph 5.b.iii of the Stipulation and Order, in favor of the ability of the RO to initiate civil contempt or other enforcement proceedings in this Court.

The proposed changes would build upon the waiver of the prior notice requirement for local union expenditures under paragraph 5.b.i.(l) of the Stipulation and Order, which the Court previously approved. The changes are sought as the first step in developing a means to test the ability of the District Council to conduct its affairs on a permanent basis in a lawful manner and would include the extension of the RO's tenure through 2014. The gradual reduction of oversight by the RO will facilitate an objective assessment of the sustainability of a compliant District Council. The RO requests that this important proposition be placed on the agenda for the conference scheduled to be held on March 10,2014.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

On Vacation


Thursday, February 27, 2014

Notice of Billing Changes for Working Dues Assessments

Message from the District Council: Brothers and Sisters,

Please be informed, starting with your (4th) Fourth Quarter 2013 vacation check, the New York City District Council working dues and assessment invoice will no longer be included with the mailing of your vacation check. Due to the new upgraded Benefit Funds System and the use of separate vendors, the New York City District Council will no longer have the ability to combine the working dues invoice with your vacation check. Please be aware that you will receive a separate working dues assessment invoice directly from the New York City District Council, and it is your responsibility to remit payment prior to the due date.

If you have not yet completed a working dues/assessment Deduction Authorization Form, or if you have any questions, please contact the New York City District Council Assessment Department at (212) 366-7375.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

BREAKING NEWS

Local157blogspot has learned that... Review Officer (RO) Dennis Walsh has informed the District Council that he will ask the U.S. Attorney's office on Monday to agree to a plan to modify the Stipulation and Order by removing all provisions requiring that he be given prior notice of all District Council and local union expenditures, appointments, contracts, rules and procedures and other matters.

The RO believes that the District Council and local unions should be given the opportunity - based on their consistently compliant practices - to demonstrate that their compliance is sustainable. He recently recommended and the District Court approved a plan to remove the requirement of the Stipulation and Order that local unions give him prior notice of all expenditures.

The RO has also informed the District Council that the veto authority of the RO might be dissolved in favor of the RO bringing motions in the District Court for contempt should the Consent Decree or Stipulation and Order be violated by the District Council, local union, or any member of a local union.

RO Walsh has stated that his office must become less visible to allow the District Council and local unions the opportunity to demonstrate their good faith and the sustainability of the reform measures implemented over the last three years.

As part of the plan, the Review Officer would not have to exercise his right to file a motion with the District Court to extend his tenure - with no alteration of the Stipulation and Order - by six months, and would continue to serve with a modified Stipulation and Order through at least 2014.

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Local Union 157 - Delegate Elections Results

Local Union 157 - Delegate Elections Results

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Judge Approves Agreements with the Association of Concrete Contractors of New York

Having reviewed the record herein, including, without limitation, (i) the May 26, 2009 Court Order determining that "[t]he percentage of the total carpenter workforce on a job site selected by a contractor shall not exceed 67%" with "[t]he remaining 33% of the total carpenter workforce on a jobsite ... assigned by the District Council from the Out of Work List," (Final Order and Judgment of Contempt and Remedy, filed May 27,2009 ("2009 Order"), at 3(b)(iv), (v»; (ii) the Court's May 8,2013 Decision and Order stating that "it is ordered that the Court's May 26,2009 Order (Haight, 1) is hereby modified and superseded to permit the parties forthwith to implement the full mobility job hiring and compliance procedures specified in the [collective bargaining agreement ("CBA")] between the District Council and the [Wall-Ceiling and Carpentry Industries of New York, Inc. ("WC&C")] approved on April 25, 2013"; (iii) the District Council's December 12,2013 letter which: enclosed copies of two new CBAs between the District Council and the Association of Concrete Contractors of New York, Inc. ("ACCNY") (the "ACCNY CBAs" or "Agreements"); noted that "[w]hile certain terms and conditions of the ACCNY CBAs submitted here differ slightly from those in the GCA CBA and The Cement League CBA, all provide for full mobility, electronic reporting of jobs and hours...

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Job Openings - NY State Carpenters Labor Management Corporation:Executive Director

New York State Carpenters (incorporated as the "Labor Management Corporation") is seeking an Executive Director with proven management and leadership skills to help further the mutual goals of the New York City District Council of Carpenters and the City's unionized contractors, construction managers and developers.

With over 12,000 active members, the New York State Carpenters workforce includes skilled carpenters, millwrights, dockbuilders, timbermen, cabinetmakers and floor coverers. New York State Carpenters formed the Labor Management Corporation under their several collective bargaining agreements and it is governed by a Board of Directors consisting of an equal number of union and management representatives.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Vote Memebers Voice 157—Local 157 Delegate Election

When: Wednesday February 5; 6am to 6pm. Electronic voting machines will be set up at the Labor Technical College to cast your vote.

Where: 395 Hudson St. New York, NY 10014 (Labor Technical College – Clarkson St. entrance)

Votes will be counted upon the closing of the polls at 6pm. The hall will also be open from 6am - 6pm for members who wish to pay union dues.


Saturday, February 1, 2014

Transcript from January 28, 2014 Court Conference

THE COURT: So first off, congratulations to the new EST. Is he here?

MR. GEIGER: Yes, your Honor.

THE COURT: Congratulations.

MR. GEIGER: Thank you.

THE COURT: And how was the vote? What was the process? Did you win by.

MR. GEIGER: It was slightly more than a two-to-one margin. The vote was held Friday, and the votes were tallied on Friday.

THE COURT: Nice to have you here.

MR. GEIGER: Thank you.

THE COURT: So I received a letter from Judge Jones yesterday evening or so, and it's very helpful. What I would like to do today is deal with these -- the following issues in the following order. First, in Judge Jones' letter she raises at the end of the letter this issue about international agreements, and frankly, I would like to hear about that first. I'm curious as to know what that's about and where that's leading us. So perhaps on that issue I might hear from Mr. Walsh and also then the district council and anybody else that wants to add anything to that. So that would be the first thing I would like to hear about.

The second I would like to talk about the two pending CBAs. I'm aware that they had -- you are too, that they had been earlier submitted but never acted upon by me, and that is because of my concern that they contain provisions that -- this may be too strong, but on their face are not being complied with. That's the whole point of the other discussion that we're having here is that the so-called anti-fraud provisions in all the CBAs do not appear to be -- well, that may be too strong, but you understand my point about that. It's kind of odd to go forward and approve an agreement, which I probably would not have done incidentally historically had I known at the time that the provisions that are mandatory in the agreements, they use the word "shall," were not or could not or were not adequately being complied with. That would be the second issue.

Then I would like to talk about the proposed new amendment of the stipulation and order, what that's about, why people feel that's important and necessary, then to talk about the status of electronic reporting. I did note that one of the consultant, I don't know if that's what it's called, that District Council retained, one of its early recommendations was that there be in-house IT capability. That's something that I have been thinking about and talking about for several months now, and frankly I have been surprised that that issue hadn't been taken care of a long time ago.But anyway, I'm all for that. And then we can talk more about electronic reporting, where that stands.

And then there's an issue about Mr. Walsh. Is he here today? Not the RO Walsh, but -- well, maybe that issue will not be pursued, but we'll see. So yeah, with that in mind, then of course we can hear about if anybody has any other issues that they want to discuss.

So let's hear about this, Mr. Walsh, if we might, this international agreements issue. It's somewhat of a concern to me because it suggests, at least from Judge Jones' letter that -- maybe this is too strong, but somebody is trying to evade the terms and conditions of the collective bargaining agreement, at least in spirit, and that is a problem, in my opinion.

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Benefit Fund Trustees Establish Welfare Benefit-Restoration Committee

The NYCDCC Benefit Funds’ Labor and Management Trustees have agreed to establish a committee that will explore the possibility of restoring some of the 2012 reductions in Welfare Fund Benefits.

“With the Welfare Fund running a surplus and an increase in our reserves, we’re in a good position to begin talking about returning vital benefits,” said Stephen McInnis, President and Executive Secretary-Treasurer Pro Tem.

McInnis added that dental, vision and lowering retirement premiums are all on the table for discussion.

A number of reasons make it the right time to begin the discussion, according to the Council. They include the settlement of master contracts; the allocations from the new contracts to the Welfare Fund; an increase in work hours coupled with the reduction of hours being reciprocated out of the Fund to out-of-towners; and the settlement of MWA litigation.

“We’d like to restore everything, but we need to do this in a fiscally responsible way to ensure the Welfare Fund stays healthy and will be there for our members and their families for decades to come. With that being said, a partial restoration is possible,” McInnis said.

The committee of trustees will work in conjunction with the Funds’ actuary, Segal Co., to ensure this is done in a sustainable manner.

Source: NYCDC