Saturday, September 1, 2012

Carpenters union okays $200,000-a-year pay deal

 By Al Barbarino

The New York City District Council of Carpenters union has approved a contract that will help members rake in nearly $100 per hour and well over $200,000 annually in wages and benefits by 2017.

Members of the union approved the new five-year contract with the Association of Wall-Ceiling and Carpentry Industries last week (Wednesday), passing the deal by a majority vote of 60 to 26.

“This contract is about saving jobs and increasing wages for thousands of hardworking New Yorkers in a time when the industry is suffering, non-union contractors are on the rise and everybody else is taking cutbacks,” said Michael Bilello, executive secretary treasurer of the New York City District Council of Carpenters.

The union carpenters currently make $85.03 per hour, broken down roughly as $46 per hour in wages and $39 in benefits (which includes medical coverage and pensions).

Upon implementation, the hourly rate will immediately increase by $2.13 to $87.16, and the carpenters will thereafter receive a $2.40 bump every three months, until maxing out at $99.16 on July 1, 2016.

That’s a total annual increase of nearly 17 percent, from the current $176,862.40 to $206,252.80.

It took the 25,000-member District Council 20 months of haggling with Wall-Ceiling to reach the agreement, having rejected several previous contracts.

The contract includes “full mobility,” a contentious stipulation that will allow Wall-Ceiling, which employs roughly half of the District Council carpenters, to bypass the union’s “out-of-work list” and select non-union workers for jobs.

“The most important part of this contract was full mobility, which gives us the ability to move men around as we choose,” said John DeLollis, executive director at Wall-Ceiling. “On our part we’re very satisfied because we got something that we’ve wanted for a long time.”

But the contract also includes the “manning provision,” mandating that any member on the job site not affiliated with the District Council must be matched one-to-one with a carpenter from the union’s out-of-work list, a District Council spokesperson said.

Because the new contract changes the hiring ratios mandated in a May 2009 federal court order aimed at protecting against corruption, it will first need approval from the judge who issued the order, the U.S. Attorney in New York, and Dennis Walsh, a court-appointed review officer who will be monitoring the new program closely.

“I think that the time was right for the union to take all the issues into consideration and to decide if this contract was in their best interest,” said Walsh, who was installed by the courts in June 2010 after a racketeering scandal rocked the District Council in 2009, when several senior officials were arrested for breaking the terms of a 1994 consent decree against racketeering.

“The onus is completely on the union to do this and do this right,” he added. “The proof will be in pudding. If we see evidence that it’s being mishandled it will be shut down and they will have to go back to the table.”

The contract includes 90-day assessment reports and a compliance program where hours worked by carpenters will be logged via database so that any problems or discrepancies can be resolved in almost real time, Walsh said.

17 comments:

  1. DROP DEAD UNITY TEAM !

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    1. Who ever wrote this made a mistake. We will not receive a 2.40 increase every 3 months. We will get 2.13 right away then in 3 months another 2.40 then yearly increases of 2.40. My sense is the person who wrote this article just made an error. I would hate to think it was a district council employee. It seems that the bigger the jackass you are the better your chances are down at the NYCDCC: with a few exceptions.

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  2. This article is bullshit.

    Name ONE union carpenter on the tools that makes $ 200,000 a year!

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  3. It is great the way things can be spun, most of the other unions are getting better raises without selling their members out. We rejected a better deal than this 8 months ago, and that got shot down by a seventy-five of the membership. Bilello is simply proving the old adage, if you stand for nothing, you will fall for anything.

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  4. “The onus is completely on the union to do this and do this right,” he added. “The proof will be in pudding. If we see evidence that it’s being mishandled it will be shut down and they will have to go back to the table.”
    in other words, the members are going to have to pay more retired cops and lawyers to police something they never wanted.

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  5. It also says that companies can bypass the OWL and hire "NON UNION".
    Which is obviously wrong.

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  6. Yeah I was wondering about the "non union" thing too. I guess it meant hire union guys, at their own will, without using the owl? I sure hope that's what it meant, I shuttered for a minute when I read, "hire non-union guys". But I wouldn't put it past them.

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  7. And if you have any 290 guys on ANY JOB they have to MATCHED ONE TO ONE.So if your entire job is not from a city local then every one of those "outside locals" have to matched 1 to 1.
    Hopefully there are alot of 290 company guys-otherwise we're SCREWED.

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  8. I'll move to New York for $46 dollars an hour,rent and gas can't be that high that it will eat up my $46 dollar an hour paycheck ! What's the name of the company ? I'm not a carpenter but I can paint like Michael Angelo ! What's the telephone number,what's the name of the company?I never made $46 dollars an hour I wonder what's it like ? What's the telephone number ? Probably 1800-Michael Angelo

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    1. Hey MA lol you don't just wakeup one morning and get the right to think your a trained,skilled field tested and proved consummate professional carpenter with thousands of jobs in your arsenal sir clown armchair quarterback!!It takes many years to aquire the knowledge and ability to perform as a professional!!!With your ridiculous attitude one can only imagine your Michel angelo said talents,asswipe

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    2. Hey MA lol you don't just wakeup one morning and get the right to think your a trained,skilled field tested and proved consummate professional carpenter with thousands of jobs in your arsenal sir clown armchair quarterback!!It takes many years to aquire the knowledge and ability to perform as a professional!!!With your ridiculous attitude one can only imagine your Michel angelo said talents,asswipe

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  9. Seriously,what's the name of the company or/ a company where a man (painter,interior and exterior ) can make $46 dollars and hour.I just heard on the national news that a company is recruiting apprentice carpenters in New York for $45 dollars an hour but they didn't mention a name.What's the name and phone number ?

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  10. And this is why jobs go to china!

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  11. The nycdcc is selling out. They already lost most of the reenforc ed concrete to non union contractors. These contractors have a practice of hiring one maybe two experienced concrete carpenter (most cases an unemployed union carpenter as examples) for thier non union guys to mimmick and learn from. The idea is to educate thier non union workforce with union knowledge. Eventually going totally non union with the expertise from the union carpenter.. Wall and ceilings seems to be on the same path. If this happens, all wall and ceiling jobs will look like the MAJORITY OF CONCRETE JOBS YOU SEE BEING CONSTRUCTED. Non union with non union wages.

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