Wednesday, May 8, 2013


New York, NY —Federal District Court Judge Richard M. Berman today issued a decision and order approving a new five-year collective bargaining agreement (CBA) that provides a 16.6% wage and benefit increase for members over the life of the contract. Following the April ratification of the agreement by the District Council’s Delegate Body, Judge Berman’s consent was the last step needed before the contract could go into effect.

Under the new CBA between the New York City District Council of Carpenters (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.

“We believe—and the court agrees—that this is a good contract for the members and their families and the New York City construction industry,” said Stephen McInnis, Executive Secretary-Treasurer Pro Tem of the New York City District Council of Carpenters.

Besides the significant wage and benefit increases, the CBA provides for more favorable staffing provisions for members of the DC and for enforcement provisions to insure compliance with the terms and conditions and to prevent corruption. Judge Berman agreed that the new CBA’s full mobility feature allowing contractors directly to hire carpenters—except for Shop Stewards, who are assigned by the DC—could be implemented because of the anti-corruption compliance procedures that are new features of the CBA.

These anti-corruption compliance procedures were developed by the DC in conjunction with the Wall & Ceiling Association, the court appointed Review Officer, and the Office of the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York. Judge Berman’s decision and order requires the DC every thirty days to file a report with the court on the progress and effect of the new electronic jobs’ reporting procedures and the anti-corruption procedures under the CBA to ensure compliance with the court’s consent decree under which the DC has been operating since 1994.

"For the first time in nearly two years our members working for Wall-Ceiling contractors will be working under a current collective bargaining agreement,” McInnis said. “With Delegate approval, they can expect a significant increase in their paycheck in short order. This is something we endeavor to provide for our members working on other outstanding agreements in the next few weeks."

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 nearly a 17% increase from its current level of $85.03 an hour.

In addition, through increased hourly contributions, the CBA will safe-guard the District Council’s Welfare Fund, which is vital to active and retired members and their dependents. The DC’s 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.

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.


  1. Tell us please..Who wrote this fluff piece. Not a word about backdoor deals, phony ratifications or corrupt NYCDCC Lawyers and Officers ..Amazing. Is that one of "Unprecedented" McInnis compliance terms that he promised Walsh to do if Walsh conspired with McInnis to turn the consent decree, election rules and bylaws into a pile of worthless trash..Number 13: "I Pro Tem Steve McInnis promise that each time we screw the membership I will write a propaganda piece filed with lies and bullshit claiming the members lined up and support all this and none it was accomplished by corruption,lies and deceit. I promise to leave to the part that we make the mob look like boy scouts.
    Isnt it funny that the only way Walsh could get the NYCDCC rats to do the job he claimed to have the power to mandate was to make a backdoor deal with Steve McInnis. Wasn't this the same guy who claimed Amalgamated were dirty. This rat pack makes Amalgamated look like boy scouts

  2. "The DC’s 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."

    Get real will ya - please. Day one on the Job and the lies, spin & deceit start in earnest.

    Try again McGinnis or whomever wrote this trash. You all got busted by illegaly reallocating the $2.60 an hour alleged raise when dumb-ass ex Golden Boy Bilello & Cavanaugh executed (signed) the illegal reallocation of $2.59 an hour of that raise and mis-approporiated it and convrted it to the Welfare Fund to bail out the crooks, liars, thieves & flunky Investment Advisors, accountants and the Fiduciry's/Trustees who have perjured themselves and engaged a Criminal RICO racketyeering scheme.

    Walsh's love-fest & 12-Step McGinnis exchangem notwithstainding that the RO again over-stepped his bounds, the Stip & Order and again interferred with a CBA, he also has interferred witht he CDB's inherent,binding authoirty to implement any & all By-law changes in the first instance.

    The 12-Step McGinnis plan is a chnage to the by-laws.

    The $200M racketeering scheme of the ex-Golden Boy Bilello requires indictments of the major actors, agents, prinicolas and attorneys participating in said scam.

    When will the R.O. step up, stop lying & spinning the obvious and do his damn job and force the Welfare Fund to stop taking the illegal $2.59 /Hour out of the men's pay-checks & when will the useless USAO file suit to recover the the monies from the Welfare Fund & issue Refunds, with interest to all the members thus fucked over?

    C'mon Dennis, the Golden Boy is dead & buried, so get over it, we did.

    Now it is time to deal with the end result of Golden Boy's illegal deeds relative tot he Section 21 By-law violations and the illegal reallocation of millions of dollars, which crossed state lines thus forming the predicates for Federal Criminal RICO actions as the transfeR & theft of funds (tangible property) has crossed state lines. Time to subpoena the records, all o them...sobpoena duces tacum - it's time baby & you know it every bit as much as we do.

    Time for a new look too, You gotta do the Kojak, shave the head, get the wax out & we'll supply all the lolli-pops you need. Who Loves Ya Baby?

    You know who, you got us monitored. Do the right thing and get the members their damn money back. You know it's the right thing to do, the Wilford Brimley - right? We're waiting for Breaking News


  4. McGuiness is a rubber stamp for mcarron + hasn't done a days work in his life. shame on walsh for letting down the members who do the work. im selling my house + moving on. nothing but a bunch of crooks

  5. Jenn Anderson
    Boston, MA
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    Rhino Shield said that the material was probably put on when the cedar was damp, and thus would strip everything and apply a new primer and finish coat, let dry, then apply new Rhino Shield, adding that there will be no more work till flashing is....
    Read more about my issue here


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