Thursday, February 27, 2014

Notice of Billing Changes for Working Dues Assessments

Message from the District Council: Brothers and Sisters,

Please be informed, starting with your (4th) Fourth Quarter 2013 vacation check, the New York City District Council working dues and assessment invoice will no longer be included with the mailing of your vacation check. Due to the new upgraded Benefit Funds System and the use of separate vendors, the New York City District Council will no longer have the ability to combine the working dues invoice with your vacation check. Please be aware that you will receive a separate working dues assessment invoice directly from the New York City District Council, and it is your responsibility to remit payment prior to the due date.

If you have not yet completed a working dues/assessment Deduction Authorization Form, or if you have any questions, please contact the New York City District Council Assessment Department at (212) 366-7375.

Thursday, February 20, 2014


Local157blogspot has learned that... Review Officer (RO) Dennis Walsh has informed the District Council that he will ask the U.S. Attorney's office on Monday to agree to a plan to modify the Stipulation and Order by removing all provisions requiring that he be given prior notice of all District Council and local union expenditures, appointments, contracts, rules and procedures and other matters.

The RO believes that the District Council and local unions should be given the opportunity - based on their consistently compliant practices - to demonstrate that their compliance is sustainable. He recently recommended and the District Court approved a plan to remove the requirement of the Stipulation and Order that local unions give him prior notice of all expenditures.

The RO has also informed the District Council that the veto authority of the RO might be dissolved in favor of the RO bringing motions in the District Court for contempt should the Consent Decree or Stipulation and Order be violated by the District Council, local union, or any member of a local union.

RO Walsh has stated that his office must become less visible to allow the District Council and local unions the opportunity to demonstrate their good faith and the sustainability of the reform measures implemented over the last three years.

As part of the plan, the Review Officer would not have to exercise his right to file a motion with the District Court to extend his tenure - with no alteration of the Stipulation and Order - by six months, and would continue to serve with a modified Stipulation and Order through at least 2014.

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Local Union 157 - Delegate Elections Results

Local Union 157 - Delegate Elections Results

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Judge Approves Agreements with the Association of Concrete Contractors of New York

Having reviewed the record herein, including, without limitation, (i) the May 26, 2009 Court Order determining that "[t]he percentage of the total carpenter workforce on a job site selected by a contractor shall not exceed 67%" with "[t]he remaining 33% of the total carpenter workforce on a jobsite ... assigned by the District Council from the Out of Work List," (Final Order and Judgment of Contempt and Remedy, filed May 27,2009 ("2009 Order"), at 3(b)(iv), (v»; (ii) the Court's May 8,2013 Decision and Order stating that "it is ordered that the Court's May 26,2009 Order (Haight, 1) is hereby modified and superseded to permit the parties forthwith to implement the full mobility job hiring and compliance procedures specified in the [collective bargaining agreement ("CBA")] between the District Council and the [Wall-Ceiling and Carpentry Industries of New York, Inc. ("WC&C")] approved on April 25, 2013"; (iii) the District Council's December 12,2013 letter which: enclosed copies of two new CBAs between the District Council and the Association of Concrete Contractors of New York, Inc. ("ACCNY") (the "ACCNY CBAs" or "Agreements"); noted that "[w]hile certain terms and conditions of the ACCNY CBAs submitted here differ slightly from those in the GCA CBA and The Cement League CBA, all provide for full mobility, electronic reporting of jobs and hours...

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Job Openings - NY State Carpenters Labor Management Corporation:Executive Director

New York State Carpenters (incorporated as the "Labor Management Corporation") is seeking an Executive Director with proven management and leadership skills to help further the mutual goals of the New York City District Council of Carpenters and the City's unionized contractors, construction managers and developers.

With over 12,000 active members, the New York State Carpenters workforce includes skilled carpenters, millwrights, dockbuilders, timbermen, cabinetmakers and floor coverers. New York State Carpenters formed the Labor Management Corporation under their several collective bargaining agreements and it is governed by a Board of Directors consisting of an equal number of union and management representatives.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Vote Memebers Voice 157—Local 157 Delegate Election

When: Wednesday February 5; 6am to 6pm. Electronic voting machines will be set up at the Labor Technical College to cast your vote.

Where: 395 Hudson St. New York, NY 10014 (Labor Technical College – Clarkson St. entrance)

Votes will be counted upon the closing of the polls at 6pm. The hall will also be open from 6am - 6pm for members who wish to pay union dues.

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Transcript from January 28, 2014 Court Conference

THE COURT: So first off, congratulations to the new EST. Is he here?

MR. GEIGER: Yes, your Honor.

THE COURT: Congratulations.

MR. GEIGER: Thank you.

THE COURT: And how was the vote? What was the process? Did you win by.

MR. GEIGER: It was slightly more than a two-to-one margin. The vote was held Friday, and the votes were tallied on Friday.

THE COURT: Nice to have you here.

MR. GEIGER: Thank you.

THE COURT: So I received a letter from Judge Jones yesterday evening or so, and it's very helpful. What I would like to do today is deal with these -- the following issues in the following order. First, in Judge Jones' letter she raises at the end of the letter this issue about international agreements, and frankly, I would like to hear about that first. I'm curious as to know what that's about and where that's leading us. So perhaps on that issue I might hear from Mr. Walsh and also then the district council and anybody else that wants to add anything to that. So that would be the first thing I would like to hear about.

The second I would like to talk about the two pending CBAs. I'm aware that they had -- you are too, that they had been earlier submitted but never acted upon by me, and that is because of my concern that they contain provisions that -- this may be too strong, but on their face are not being complied with. That's the whole point of the other discussion that we're having here is that the so-called anti-fraud provisions in all the CBAs do not appear to be -- well, that may be too strong, but you understand my point about that. It's kind of odd to go forward and approve an agreement, which I probably would not have done incidentally historically had I known at the time that the provisions that are mandatory in the agreements, they use the word "shall," were not or could not or were not adequately being complied with. That would be the second issue.

Then I would like to talk about the proposed new amendment of the stipulation and order, what that's about, why people feel that's important and necessary, then to talk about the status of electronic reporting. I did note that one of the consultant, I don't know if that's what it's called, that District Council retained, one of its early recommendations was that there be in-house IT capability. That's something that I have been thinking about and talking about for several months now, and frankly I have been surprised that that issue hadn't been taken care of a long time ago.But anyway, I'm all for that. And then we can talk more about electronic reporting, where that stands.

And then there's an issue about Mr. Walsh. Is he here today? Not the RO Walsh, but -- well, maybe that issue will not be pursued, but we'll see. So yeah, with that in mind, then of course we can hear about if anybody has any other issues that they want to discuss.

So let's hear about this, Mr. Walsh, if we might, this international agreements issue. It's somewhat of a concern to me because it suggests, at least from Judge Jones' letter that -- maybe this is too strong, but somebody is trying to evade the terms and conditions of the collective bargaining agreement, at least in spirit, and that is a problem, in my opinion.