Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Update: MWA Arbitration Ruling - Demonstration

Meet with affected Carpenters and show your support in front of the American Arbitration Association, 1633 Broadway (Btw. 50th & 51st Streets) at 9am Thursday July 19, for a scheduled hearing before the arbitrator .

Print out handout.
The Manufacturing Woodworkers Association (MWA) actions last month were nothing short of reprehensible. They displayed unbridled contempt for their loyal employees. Instead of continuing to bargain in good faith to resolve the arbitration issue, MWA President Anthony Rizzo, (also President of Rimi Woodcraft) instructed all association contractors to cut the hourly fringe benefit rate of ALL shop employees, and outside installers, to $10.94.

New York City District Council of Carpenters signatory contractors, RIMI, Nordic, EMI, Miller-Blaker, Midhattan, Tobin Woodworking, Somerville, among others, (see complete list) cut the benefit contribution rate for shop workers and outside installers (currently at $18.07 and $38.88 per hour) to $10.94 per hour!

The Council will "dispute the arbitrators decision" and present questions which will involve the calculation of the "damages" caused to MWA employers by the Gilbert agreement. The Council will have an opportunity to demonstrate the terrible effect of her decision on the membership and possibly have her resolve them.



  2. How about the 'terrible decision' of the Union for getting affected members into this mess? How is the Union going to help the victims of this since the Union's hands are bloody too?

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