February Newsletter

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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:



Japanese Consulate Visit

On February 25th, the District Council was proud to welcome representatives from the Japanese Consulate, Japan’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT), and Japanese managers of small and medium-sized Japanese construction firms.

The MLIT is working on ways to alleviate a shortage of skilled labor in Japan’s construction industry. Currently, there are no trade unions in Japan. The group visited the District Council to research how skilled labor is being developed in local construction markets.

EST Joseph Geiger, President Graham McHugh, Training Center Director Peter Bennett, and District Manager Paul Capurso met with the representatives to discuss the union construction industry, training & apprenticeships, and new developments in New York City. After the discussion, the group toured the Training Center to learn what it truly takes to become a union tradesperson. The Japanese representatives were impressed by the complexity and quality of our Training Center and the programs we offer our members, along with the benefits and quality of life that being a union member brings.


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!




Mary Mitchell Family and Youth Center

On February 4th, Council Representative Brian Brady and Carpenter Dwayne Wilson did a presentation to young men at the Mary Mitchell Family and Youth Center in the Bronx on how to they can get into the union. They spoke about the Building Works program, the benefits of being in a union and the different career paths.


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

LIVE WORK SPEND

LiveWorkSpend is a campaign from the New York City District Council of Carpenters to help bring good area standard construction jobs to local residents throughout the five boroughs.

Keep checking back at liveworkspend.com for updated information and action items.


Local Law 196

ALL MEMBERS PLEASE BE ADVISED

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)

https://www.clicksafety.com/courses/detail/osha-30-hour-construction-with-voice-authentication

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.
SPOTS WON’T LAST!

APPLY HERE

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


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, March 27th, 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.



The Foreman’s Forum

The first quarterly Foreman’s Forum meeting was held yesterday at the District Council. We informed our foremen about the state of our union, industry issues, and how to better utilize the resources available at the District Council. When foremen are well-equipped with knowledge out in the field, our membership flourishes. Our foremen are our front-line leaders and an integral part of our organization. It’s important that we are all well-versed in the inner workings of our union, the challenges we face, and the politics surrounding our work. Here’s to a great first meeting!


Stay informed,
stay active.

Local 212 Meeting
Second Tuesday of the Month
Next Meeting: Tuesday March 12
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 March 13
from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
395 Hudson St., 10th Floor
New York NY 10014

Local 740 Meeting
First Thursday of the Month
CHANGED TO: Thursday March 14
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 March 18
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 March 19
from 5:30 to 7:30 PM
345 78th Street
Brooklyn NY 11209

Local 2287 Meeting
Third Wednesday of the Month
Next Meeting: Wednesday March 20
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 March 21
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 March 21
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 March 26
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 March 26
from 5:00 to 7:00 PM
51 Roosevelt Ave.
Valley Stream NY 11581