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2018 Annual Softball Tournament

When: Saturday, September 22, 2018. 9:30 a.m.
Where: Cunningham Park, Fresh Meadows, Queens, NY, 11366
Teams: The first 16 teams to register will be eligible. Sponsorship is $500 per team. More information about team sponsorship can be found on the District Council website.
Updates: Maps, directions, and updates will be available at www.nycdistrictcouncil.org.
All members and their families are welcome!
The NYCDCC Annual Softball Tournament and Family Picnic gives your District Council Representatives and Officers an opportunity to thank you for your commitment to this Union while you enjoy a day out with your family.
In the event of inclement weather, please visit www.nycdistrictcouncil.org for weather cancellations. No dogs or motorcycles are allowed in the park.

Sisters in the Brotherhood Annual Women’s Committee BBQ and Potluck

Our annual BBQ is back to kick off summer! Reunite with fellow carpenter sisters, friends, and family. Bring food to add to the grill and drinks to share. Come early to help set up or late to help clean up. Look out for the SIB banner near the parking lot.

When: Saturday, July 14, 2018. 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Where: Orchard Beach Park, Bronx, NY.

Hope to see you there!

Independent Monitor’s Fifth Report Available to View

Fifth Interim Report

District Council Members Honored with Labor Awards

Congratulations to our EST Joseph Geiger for winning the 2018 Labor Leader of the Year Award on April 11 at the Subcontractors Trade Association Construction Awards! Also congratulations to all those who won awards and attended, a great group helping all the unions of NYC!


New York City & State Prosecutors, Partners Announce Joint Effort to Combat Wage Theft in Construction Industry

New York City and State prosecutors announced criminal charges in multiple cases involving stolen wages, while providing tips on how to spot wage theft and report it to the proper authorities. Enforcement of wage theft violators will have a great effect towards stabilizing the construction industry. Unscrupulous non-union employers evade workers compensation, unemployment insurance, and basic payroll taxes by knowingly misclassifying workers as “independent contractors,” paying in cash off the books, and running other scams. They cost taxpayers billions, hurt honest businesses, and exploit workers.

“Wage theft in the construction industry is rampant. This multi-pronged effort will be a turning point for an industry that is plagued by unscrupulous contractors willing to profit on the backs of New York families. It is no surprise that the vast majority of wage theft cases involve nonunion contractors that prey on a work force that does not have a voice. We will be their voice.  We will continue to advocate for a level-playing field in New York’s robust construction industry where workers are paid a middle class wage, are properly trained and work on safe job sites,” said Joseph Geiger, Executive Secretary-Treasurer of the New York City District Council of Carpenters.


  • Watch a video overview and download the concise print summary.
  • Read the latest news on legislation, prosecutions, and more.
  • Examine the growing body of research and data on the enormous costs of payroll fraud.
  • Find enforcement resources, such as state Websites and IRS and USDOL forms.

With support from the UBC and its members, public officials can end this ill-gotten advantage and open up more opportunities for honest employers and honest workers.


Congrats to those who competed in this year’s Drywall & Floor Covering Competition, looking to earn a place in next month’s regional competition in NJ!

The winners from the Drywall & Floor Covering competition were:
Drywall – Thomas Werminski (Local 157, Jacobson)
Floor Covering – John Drago (Local 2287, Consolidated Carpet)

Runners Up:
Drywall – Robert Dooling (Local 157, Cord Contracting)
Floor Covering – Mark DeMarco (Local 2287, MGM Flooring)

See More Photos!

Apprentice Open House & Exhibit 2018

Thanks to all the apprentices who competed, all the instructors and staff who made the day possible, all the vendors who set up shop, and all those that attended!

See More Photos!

Monthly MEND Meetings


The MEND Program 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, July 25th, 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.)

Journeylevel Training Programs Available for Next Year at UBC Training Center in Las Vegas


300 Hitters Program: Building Leadership for a Strong Future

Our 300 Hitters program was developed by the UBC to give our journeymen a broader understanding of our union, the construction industry, and our membership’s role in shaping the future in the years ahead. This program is an opportunity for members to tour our state-of-the-art International Training Center (ITC) in Las Vegas, meet other carpenters from all over the country, and most importantly, learn valuable skills they need to help build a stronger union. All airfare, accommodation, and food costs are covered. NEXT DATE: September 20th, 2018.

Apply Here

Next Level Journeymen Program

The Next Level Journeymen program is specifically for returning Journeymen who have exemplified the principles of the UBC Journeymen (300 Hitters) program. Participants should be members who have successfully completed the UBC Journeymen program (300 Hitters) and returned back to their job sites to make a measurable impact or stepped up in a leadership role at the Council level. This program is only open to Journeymen who have already completed the UBC Journeymen (300 Hitters) program.  NEXT DATE: November 8th, 2018.

Apply Here

Collaborative Leadership: Building Jobsite Leaders

This three-day program is designed to give jobsite supervisors the tools necessary to improve the overall jobsite, taking it from good to great.  Today’s leaders need an expanded repertoire of skills and a new mindset to succeed in the increasingly fast-paced, chaotic, and highly competitive construction industry. This calls for more collaborative-based leadership, and the creation of a partnership culture – one that can harness the knowledge and expertise of all stakeholders. This allows leaders to leverage everyone’s best, and better compete.

Apply Here

Superintendent Career Training: Plan for the Future

The concept of the Superintendent Career Training (SCT) program is to closely integrate both the technical aspects of construction job site management and the personal/career development needs of the individual trainee. The Carpenters International Training Fund program utilizes a unique combination of classroom instruction, company-sponsored mentoring, and on-the-job training to deliver skill training customized to the individual needs of the sponsoring contractor and the Superintendent/General Foreman trainee.

Delivered in four individual programs at the UBC’s International Training Center in Las Vegas, the structured, concentrated learning components are integrated with mentor sessions and on-the-job learning throughout the 18-month program.

For more info on superintendent training, check both the UBC Website and the DC Website for info about the program and it’s timeline.  You can also call 212-366-3379.

Join the Dozens of Members Who Have Volunteered for Hurricane Recovery Effort

The New York City District Council of Carpenters has teamed up with HEART 9/11 to provide relief to areas hit by both Hurricane Harvey, Hurricane Irma, and Hurricane Maria. We have already sent nearly 150 volunteers to stricken areas, and we are still looking for members to volunteer their time and services to help rebuild homes and community establishments that have been devastated by these hurricanes.  Airfare and lodging will be provided at no cost to the volunteers while they are away on relief efforts.

Please click on the link below to fill out the form. And we encourage you to pass along the information to become involved with this opportunity. Members who submit a form will be called to come into the NYCDCC office at 395 Hudson Street for an information session and to fill out additional paperwork. For more information please email communications@nycdistrictcouncil.org or call 212-366-7326.

Volunteer Information Form

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 system.

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

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

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”) 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.

GoFundMe for Injured Member Arian Kohler

On June 23, 2018, one of our own, Arian Kohler, was critically injured while on a volunteer mission to help rebuild Puerto Rico with Heart/911. He suffered traumatic injuries that nearly cost him his life. Kohler is now on the long road to recovery surrounded by his friends, family and, of course, his Union. A proud Marine veteran, Kohler is also a second-year apprentice with Local 157, a devoted father, dedicated fiancé, loving brother, and son. Kohler’s family has set up a recovery fund in his honor.

If you would like to contribute or learn more, please visit https://www.gofundme.com/akohler.

Monthly News Clips

Viewpoint: Bill defining ‘public works’ will protect working class
Times Union, June 13th

Woodside Residents Oppose New High Rise Development
Times Ledger, May 18th

Construction Firm Working on Some of NYC’s Biggest Projects Accused of Stealing Wages, Cheating State Out of $8M
The Real Deal, May 16th

An Advocate for Construction and Women in the Field
Construction Dive, March 5th

Stay informed,
stay active.
Local 212 Meeting
Second Tuesday of the Month
Next Meeting: Tuesday July 10
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 July 11
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
Rescheduled: Thursday July 12
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 July 16
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 July 17
from 5:30 to 7:30 PM
345 78th Street
Brooklyn NY 11209

Attend your upcoming Local Union meetings.

Local 2287 Meeting
Third Wednesday of the Month
Next Meeting: Wednesday July 18
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 July 19
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 July 19
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 July 24
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 July 31
from 5:00 to 7:00 PM
51 Roosevelt Ave.
Valley Stream NY 11581