Thursday, April 25, 2013

Updated: Delegates Ratify WC&C Contact

Just got home from the Delegate Body meeting....In an historic roll-call vote (which will be published) the New York City District Council of Carpenters Delegate Body by a vote of 48 to 34 ratified the "completed" Wall & Ceiling agreement tonight. The ratified contract will now be submitted to Federal Judge Richard M. Berman for consideration of a change (full mobility) to the hiring ratios (67% - 33%) mandated in a May 2009 federal court order.

I will have more to say...Stay Tuned!

New York, NY — The New York City District Council of Carpenters’ Delegate Body ratified a new five-year collective bargaining agreement Thursday that provides a 16.6% wage and benefit increase over the life of the contract.

“Passing this agreement helps stabilize the unionized construction industry after a long and arduous process,” said Michael Bilello, Executive Secretary Treasurer of the New York City District Council of Carpenters. “This contract will increase pay and benefits as well as grow the type of jobs New Yorkers need.”

Under the new agreement between the District Council (DC) and the Association of Wall, Ceiling & Carpentry Industries of New York (Wall & Ceiling Association), the largest employer association in the DC., members will see a $6.93 per hour increase in their wage and benefit package within the first three months of implementation and another $7.20 per hour bump within the next three years.

In 2012, the Wall & Ceiling Association provided approximately 5.8 million work hours for members. Those hours are projected to increase due to the negotiated terms and conditions ratified in the new contract. The wage and benefit package will also rise to $99.16 per hour on July 1, 2016, which is the beginning of the final year of the contract. That’s a 16.6% increase from its current level of $85.03 an hour.

In addition, through increased hourly contributions, the ratified agreement will safe-guard the District Council’s Health and Welfare funds, which are vital to active and retired members and their dependents. The Delegate Body had earlier voted to allocate the first $2.59 of the impending raises to the District Council Welfare Fund for medical and hospitalization coverage.

The new collective bargaining agreement (CBA) was approved Thursday night by a Delegate Body roll call vote of 48-34. Besides the significant wage and benefit increases, the CBA provides for more favorable manning provisions for members of the New York City District Council and for enforcement provisions to insure compliance with the terms and conditions and to prevent corruption. The Delegates also established a standing rule by which CBAs will be ratified by a roll call vote going forward. As ordered, the results of Thursday’s ratification were forwarded to Federal District Court Judge Richard M. Berman for final approval.

“We are looking forward to growing the industry and increasing good jobs for the hard working members of the New York City District Council and Wall & Ceiling contractors,” said Bilello.

With more than 20,000 members in eight locals, the New York City & Vicinity District Council of Carpenters is one of the largest, most powerful trade unions in the construction industry.

Below is the April 25, 2013 Roll-Call vote listing the names and Locals of how each delegate voted.

I will have a lot more to say about the vote...Stay Tuned.


  1. Democratic self governance my ass! To witness what went on this evening just reinforcesd the fact corruption doesn't necessarily mean Mob & $$ in envelopes


    “Following recommendation by the Executive Committee, the Council Delegate Body shall have the exclusive power and authority to ratify and execute Collective Bargaining Agreements for and on behalf of its affiliated Local Unions, except to the extent the International Union exercises its jurisdiction or authority. The District Council Delegate Body shall adopt rules and procedures governing the method of collective bargaining ratification.”…

    In _________________ (open book, open notes Murphy, name the case)Opinion of the Court at B, page, at page 32, the Supreme Court stated:

    “As Madison explained in The Federalist No. 47, under our constitutional system of checks and balances, “[t]he magistrate in whom the whole executive power resides cannot of himself make a law.” J. Cooke ed.,p. 326 (1961).”

  4. Remember who gave the union over to the contractors!

  5. Void - ab-initio (from the beginning)

    Remember ladies, one of the charges involves racketeering w/ resepct to the Section 21 Welfare Fund Wage Extortion scam

    H'mmmmm - Familiar theme here. Funny how the Welfare Fund was also involved in the Vacation Wage Extortion scam, go figure!

    Epstein was shit-canned, right, but that did not go far enough. The cancer here is at the core of the entire operation. Time to clean house, starting with finding new Legal Counsel for the Welfare Trust Fund - because quite obviously "Trust" cannot be found anywhere within the confines of this operation.

    Time & again they are involved in scam after scam, so where the hell is McGruff the Crime Dog, meaning the IG's Office or the CCO's Office on this one. Time for these two useless departments to earn their keep and their exhorbitant wage & benefit package.

    If they're continually scamming us, 10 to 1 they are scmming the Federal Government too, re: reimbursments etc. The IG & CCO needs to seek out the Whistleblower within...ya know you have one. Time for an investigation before the Fed's have to come in and do another perp walk for the press.


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