Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Contact and About Us

Let's be heard! Hi, I’m John Musumeci and I write this blog to help keep you up-to-date and informed about the United Brotherhood Of Carpenters (UBC) in New York City.

I started this blog in November 2007 when Local 157 was placed under emergency supervision by General President Douglas McCarron.

I think of this blog as your online meeting hall where union brothers and sisters’ can Communicate, Connect and Stay Informed.

This blog 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!

I have over twenty five years experience as a carpenter and ten years experience as a elected leader. I am committed to reform, members rights, free speech and empowering the members of this union. I hope this blog will empower you to become more active in union affairs.

To contact me, please email me at jmusumeci157@gmail.com or you can call me at 646-812-3527

20 comments:

  1. You should have left presidential endorsements- especially anti-union endorsements, out of this website. You Republican piece of shit.

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  2. hi, where i should call to report non union wages in union company.

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    1. The inspector general's office. See the back of your dues card, or go to your local office.

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  3. We must get rid of shop stewarts and business reps that do not do there job.

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    1. File charges against them then instead of posting on this bullshit website. Call the IG if you actually want something done.

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    2. Grieve in writing withe inspector general

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  4. will you please correct the date, the year is not 2014 as of yet

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  5. To be more specific, I am replying to my above post. When 1st signing on it says Wednesday, Jan 1, 2014, to see the erroneous year enter the address below. The wrong year is right above title... A Mobilized ....
    http://local157.blogspot.com/#nabble-td4026903

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    1. Thank you for your comment, for technical reasons the forum is positioned as a daily blog post, I have to post it with a future date to keep it on top of the main page. If I were to just position the forum on top (without it being a daily post) it would appear on every page, which is something I do not not want. So this is a quick fix until I can find a way to have the forum posted on the main page without it appearing on all pages.

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  6. John, how do I adjust IPad/iPhone screen to read posts and comments. The right side is cut off the screen. Is their anyone else complaining? Is there something I'm missing that makes it more Mobil/tablet friendly?

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  7. Hello NYC here in New England we have recently had the pleasure of seeing our E-Board and EST hire 5 folks from outside of our organization to become organizers and represent our brotherhood. The reasons given were adearth of talent in a 20000 member organization , the real reason was revealed by an inadvertent slip from a senior agent who reportedly said they can two of them for one of the members. The reasoning of why folks that have no experience in construction and/or carpenters can represent carpenters concerns to federal state and local agencies officials and authorities was never explained. What we do see is we have a leadership that has lost their compass.
    I say this to NYC because your council has started a headhunt for a new position and there is no specification on union experience or membership in the initial qualifications. I suppose they can join if they get a job. that is the same thing right?

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    1. Anon. finds it strange that his region hired from the outside; unions have done this for years. Consider that if they trained the rank and file to do the jobs from within they'd be empowering a potential opposition; they can just fire troublesome outsiders. As for the twenty thousand members of his region, how many voted in their last election? As for the quality of the base to choose from, I'm sure most of them are typical of the posters in the 'Hear It' at the left. Would he want them representing the union? Isn't our market penetration shrinking fast enough? Would Anon. consider cleaning his own 'house' before coming into ours' to complain? Training in union management, stewardship, and other relevant topics, is available on line, in schools, bookstores and at the library. Then he might go out on the street and try to build a coalition. - Norman

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    2. Some unions prefer to hire people with previous organizing experience or labor degrees. Some unions have less honorable reasons.

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  8. As a disabled worker who is permanently disabled from an accident on the job site while I was working for local 531 which than became local 157 district council was always providing medical benefits to my family and we were also a part of that event were they doubled the premiums for quiet a while and we were forced to pay them. What is frustrating is that I am disabled and can not work and at the end of this month they are terminating all of my medical benefits. Were is the brotherhood in that, is there a lawsuit for this?

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    1. Try switching insurers. If you are eligible for AARP's United Health Care, it may be a better deal. Shop arround.

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  9. Do you know what happened to this person? https://local157.blogspot.com/2011/11/subcontractor-accused-of-underpaying.html

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  10. I have a question. As a first year carpenter apprentice, how do you get work when you first start out as a union carpenter apprentice? I got transferred a few weeks ago and I still haven't got a call back from the OWL. I want to work and it's confusing and frustrating to get calls from companies that are not union or don't have work.

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    1. It's called shaping. Finding your own jobs by visiting union job sites and interviewing. The OWL can be addictive; the best jobs come from referrals and shaping. Do you keep a list of contacts from previous jobs? What's your reputation with those former companies? Do you have a working resume that's not bloated with unnecessary information? Contractors don't care what clubs you were in in high school, they need to know what you can do for them now.

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    2. Have you set up a group with other apprentices to share referral information? Do you have a local mentoring program? Signatory lists with their specializations are available ask at the local office.

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