April Newsletter

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Tax Fraud Day of Action

National Tax Fraud Day of Action was a huge success! Over 1,300 members came out to stand up to tax fraud. District Council members and leadership were joined by New York Attorney General Letitia James, Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance, Bronx District Attorney Darcel Clark, Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez, Richmond District Attorney Michael McMahon, Nassau District Attorney Madeline Singas, Suffolk District Attorney Timothy D. Sini, and Deputy Commissioner for Worker Protection Jim Rogers who each spoke about the effects of dishonest practices on the local and state economies.

But our work doesn’t end here!

Tax Fraud in the construction industry is still running rampant. The district Council is committed to working with local and state politicians on this issue. We won’t stand for irresponsible construction contractors who operate by stealing wages and not paying their fair share of taxes.



The District Council is currently engaged in a multi-faceted corporate campaign against Macy’s. We’ve taken to the streets and are running a targeted digital campaign against the retail giant. Macy’s is planning on building their headquarters in New York City with non-union contractors. These contractors often pay workers up to 80% less in wages and benefits than union contractors. Besides this sub-standard pay, workers will not have the protection of the union to prevent wage theft. There is also the real possibility that workers won’t receive healthcare and retirement benefits in exchange for backbreaking work.

We won’t stand for this. Enough is enough with Macy’s thinking that we will blindly shop with them. We support Macy’s having a profitable business – just not at the expense of our beloved friends and family. We’re calling on you to help us spread the message and boycott their unethical business practices.

Be sure to visit out campaign website www.MacysSucks.org to find out how you can help!

50th Apprenticeship Open House

The 50th Annual Apprenticeship Open House & Exhibit was once again a great exhibition of knowledge, skill, and precision for the graduating class of apprentices, a great venue for vendors and contractors to display facets of the industry, and an opportunity for the public to see the hard work that goes into training union tradespeople in NYC.

Congratulations to all participants and contest winners! You are well on your way to becoming journeymen and women in this great union!

Golden Hammar Winners:

General Carpentry: Carlos Cornejo (Local 45)
Interior Systems: Vincent Pistone (Local 45)
Floor Covering: Donnel Antoine
Dockbuilder/Timberman: Joshua Snediker
Millwrights: Michael Corrado


Opt-In to Receive District Council Messages!

The most frequent and effective method of communication is through text messages. In order to receive text messages from the District Council, you MUST reply YES  when you receive the DRG text message asking you to opt-in.

The District Council urges all members to subscribe to Council messaging. To be more involved in local and state campaigns and drive our success, it is vital that you receive notifications about upcoming participation.

Southeast Queens Town Hall

On April 23rd, the District Council held a town hall in Southeast Queens to engage the membership and encourage them to get involved within their neighborhoods. Over 60 Southeast Queens carpenters and Local 45 apprentices came together to hear about the power of getting involved in their local community.

“Strength comes in numbers.” – EST Joseph Geiger

Your Vote Your Voice!

The New York City District Council of Carpenters urges each and every member to register to vote. Remaining politically active and exercising our right to vote is crucial in securing good, safe jobs that will help support our families and keep our union strong for generations to come. Be sure to check your registration status and that you are registered to vote before the 2020 elections! You can find links to register to vote here:

Senator Chuck Schumer

EST Joseph Geiger, President Graham McHugh, Vice President Michael Cavanaugh, Business Reps Mike Rodin and Mike Piccirillo,Jurisdiction Director John Sheehy, and Deputy Political Director Katie Shane, meet with Senator Chuck Schumer to discuss key issues like infrastructure spending, pension reform, and protection for the Davis Bacon Act.

Flatbush YMCA

Carpenters Sinade Wadsworth, Charles Bullock and Kirt McCarthy joined Senator Kevin Parker at the Flatbush YMCA to educate Brooklynites about what its like to be a Union Carpenter and what pre-apprenticeship opportunities available to those interested.

Tremont Park Cleanup

On April 6th, we had 20 members participate in a park clean up with Bronx Community Board 6, Friends of Tremont Park, and NYC parks department. Thank you to all the volunteers who showed up and helped with this beautification project!

2019 Wall & Ceiling Association Scholarship Program

WC&C would like to announce that our 2019-20 scholarship program is now accepting applications.To be considered please head to https://aim.applyists.net/wc&c to apply. If you are having issues locating the scholarship on the ISTS website,  click on “add new application.” The program key is “WC&C” and will bring you directly to our application page. You will need to register for an ISTS account (free of charge) to apply if you do not already have one.

Good luck to all of our applicants!

Out of Work List / New York City Housing Authority Resident Certification Available for Skills List

Any member that is a resident of NYCHA (New York City Housing Authority) can apply to have their NYCHA residency added as a skill on their skills list available to employers. To do so, simply print and fill out the form available at bit.ly/2H4kk1U or call the Out of Work List at 212-366-3330

Local Law 196


Kindly be advised as per information obtained from the New York City Department of Buildings pertaining to Local Law 196 we are recommending all members who have not graduated from an approved NYSDOL Apprenticeship Program within the past 5 years seeking a Limited Site Safety Training Card to complete an OSHA 30-hour safety training course.

limited site safety card WILL be required to work on construction sites in NYC starting June 1st 2019.

This training can be accomplished by complying with the following training requirements:

  • OSHA 30-Hour Class;

Members may enroll for OSHA 30 at the Carpenters Training Center.

  • Members may also take a NYCDOB approved OSHA 30 construction course with voice authentication online from Click Safety. (See link below)


To confirm your certification or schedule a class contact the NYC District Council of Carpenters Training Center at 212-727-2224.

Sign Up Now for the 300 Hitters Program

Taking place June 6-9, 2019, at the UBC International Training Center in Las Vegas, Nevada, the 300 Hitters program is designed to give our journeymen a broader understanding of our union, the construction industry, and our role in shaping the future in the years ahead. During the program journeyman learn about the history of the UBC and the labor movement, participate in communications and public speaking workshops, learn valuable coaching and mentoring skills, meet with General President Douglas McCarron, participate in a Q&A with senior leadership from our council, and are asked to share their vision for the future of our union.


If you have any questions please contact:
Shanika Neil
212-727-2224 ext. 105

Monthly MEND Meetings

The MEND Program (Members Education and Network for Dependency) holds monthly Peer Support Group meetings for NYCDCC Welfare Funds participants/dependents who are in both long and short term recovery, and wish to share their experiences, sources of strength, inspirations, and hopes for the future with fellow group members in attendance. These meetings take place in the MEND Office on the 5th Floor of 395 Hudson Street.

The next scheduled meeting is: Wednesday, May 29th, 4PM.

MEND meetings may be subject to change. Please contact the MEND Program at (212) 366-7590 or MEND@nyccbf.org to confirm meeting dates.

(The goal of the MEND Program is to provide assistance to participants and dependents in addressing substance abuse issues.)

REMINDER: You MUST Report Divorce to the NYCDCC Welfare Fund

Failing to report a divorce while you have a spouse listed as a dependent under the NYCDCC Welfare Fund (the “Fund”) is a form of fraud and may result in grave financial repercussions and the loss of your health coverage.

This is especially true if your former spouse receives costly medical treatments after he/she is no longer eligible for coverage. Please read this explanation of the Fund’s rules and an example of how failing to follow these rules may impact you financially.

Union Fusion Now Available in Mobile View

A new feature has been released on Union Fusion! There is a mobile-view accessible for all users on their phones and tablets. On the upper-right hand corner, there is an option to “turn on mobile view.” The NYC District Council is committed to making changes that will allow users to easily access their hours for viewing/reporting functions.

Union Fusion is a web portal and management system that improves workflow and communications between members and the District Council’s system.

Log in to Union Fusion at https://nycdcc.unionfusion.net.

For assistance, please feel free to contact the Reporting hotline, 212-366-3331.

Attend your upcoming Local Union meetings.

Local 2287 Meeting
Third Wednesday of the Month
Next Meeting: Wednesday May 15
from 5:00 to 8:00 PM
395 Hudson St., 2nd Floor
New York NY 10014

Local 157 Meeting
Third Thursday of the Month
Next Meeting: Thursday May 16
from 4:00 to 7:00 PM
395 Hudson St., 2nd Floor
New York NY 10014

Local 2790 Meeting
Third Thursday of the Month
Next Meeting: Thursday May 16
from 6:00 to 8:00 PM
89-07 Atlantic Ave.
Queens NY 11421

Local 1556 Meeting
Fourth Tuesday of the Month
Next Meeting: Tuesday May 21
from 6:00 to 8:00 PM
395 Hudson St., 2nd Floor
New York NY 10014

Local 45 Meeting
Last Tuesday of the Month
Next Meeting: Tuesday May 28
from 5:00 to 7:00 PM
51 Roosevelt Ave.
Valley Stream NY 11581

Local 212 Meeting
Second Tuesday of the Month
Next Meeting: Tuesday May 14
from 5:00 to 7:00 PM
395 Hudson St., 2nd Floor
New York NY 10014

Delegate Meeting
Second Wednesday of the Month
Next Meeting: Wednesday May 8
from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
395 Hudson St., 2nd Floor
New York NY 10014

Local 740 Meeting
First Thursday of the Month
Next Meeting: Thursday May 2
from 6:30 to 8:30 PM
89-07 Atlantic Ave.
Woodhaven NY 11421

Local 20 Meeting
Third Monday of the Month
Next Meeting: Monday May 20
from 7:00 to 9:00 PM
397 Clarke Ave
Staten Island NY 10306

Local 926 Meeting
Third Tuesday of the Month
Next Meeting: Tuesday May 21
from 5:30 to 7:30 PM
345 78th Street
Brooklyn NY 11209