June Newsletter

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2019 Apprentice Graduation

Over 200 apprentices graduated from the District Council of Carpenters’ apprenticeship program on June 21st. We are proud to welcome new members from each of the five boroughs and the tri-state area representing eight of our local unions. These graduates have undergone rigorous training in the classroom and on the job throughout their four-year apprenticeship with the District Council. Friends and family joined members of the graduating class of apprentices for a special ceremony. Welcome, brothers and sisters!

2019 Annual Charity Softball Tournament and Family Picnic

The 2019 New York City District Council of Carpenters Annual Charity Softball Tournament and Family Picnic is an opportunity for us to honor all of our members and their supportive families. Our members are the most talented and skilled tradespeople this city has to offer and your union wants to honor you. Join in a game or cheer on your Local Union’s team. It is sure to be an exciting day as we witness who will gain bragging rights of 2019 Softball Champion!

When: Saturday, September 28th at 9:30 a.m.

Where: Cunningham Park, Fresh Meadows, Queens NY, 11366

Teams: The first 16 teams to register will be eligible.  Sponsorship is $500.00 per team. Please make checks payable to NYCDCC Charity Fund.

Make sure to check the website for weather cancellations or other details.

Lobby Day

June 12th was Lobby Day! NYCDCC members and reps were in Albany with CCA Metro at the Legislative Office Building to exhibit the different trades and training NYCDCC has to offer. The day prior, hundreds of NYCDCC members, along with workers from across New York, gathered in  support of passing the Definition of Public Works Bill! The bill expands the definition of public work, making projects that receive any form of a state subsidy subject to prevailing wage protections.

Thank you to all the locals, reps, and organizers for representing union carpenters!



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.

We are continuing to discuss with Macy’s the possibility of having members build phase two.

Until then, be sure to visit out campaign website www.MacysSucks.org to find out how you can help!

Central Brooklyn Town Hall

EST Joseph Geiger and CCA Metro conducted another successful Membership Town Hall for Central Brooklyn Carpenters at the Flatbush YMCA. Over 75 members came out to discuss the importance of being involved in the community to increase union work in the Outerboroughs.

Queens Community Cleanup

Council Representative Marty Flash and Carpenters Jerry Harkin, Haldane Reid, Alister Clarke, Mario Salquero, Phillip Wilson, John Ferdinand, Winston Lambert & John Emmanus joined Assemblyman Clyde Vanel, Zeta Phi Beta Sorority & Hollis Local Development Corp for a community clean-up near the Hollis LIRR Station in Hollis, Queens. Good work, everyone!

EST Joseph Geiger Honored at Ridgewood Democratic Club

On June 13, EST Joseph Geiger joined fellow honorees Congressman Gregory Meeks, 32BJ President Hector Figueroa, Detective Endowment Association President Michael Palladino and community leaders at the Ridgewood Democratic Club’s 111th Anniversary Dinner Dance. Thank you Assemblywoman Catherine Nolan and District Leaders David Aglialoro & Diane Ballek for honoring our own Ridgewood native.

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.

North East Bronx YMCA Job & Resource Fair

On June 1, District Council Representatives Sinade Wadsworth and Tamara Rivera, along with Community Relations Director Ashley Torres and Assemblymember Carl Heastie were present at the North East Bronx YMCA Job and Resource Fair to provide career and educational resources to Bronx residents.

Prospect Park Career Day

Council Representative Manny Fowlkes spoke to over 100 students at M.S.340’s Career Day in Prospect Park, Brooklyn. He discussed the trades of work Union Carpenters do, how he came in the union after graduating from NYC Public Schools, and the importance of safety, training and general education in construction.

Brooklyn Community Board 3

Brooklyn carpenters Charles Bullock and Kirt McCarthy spoke to Brooklyn Community Board 3 in Bedford-Stuyvesant about what it means for them to be Union Carpenters and why we need to work together to create safe construction jobs with benefits. Thank you District Manager Henry Butler for inviting us.

Brooklyn Community Resource Fair

Charles Bullock of Local 926 and Lennox Pratt of Local 157 discussed our upcoming general recruitment and our pre-apprenticeship programs at Council Member Rafael Espinal’s Community Resource Fair at the Brooklyn Environmental Exploration School.

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:

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.



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 December 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 September 12-15, 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, June 26th, 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.

Stay informed,
stay active.

Local 212 Meeting
Second Tuesday of the Month
Next Meeting: Tuesday July 9
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 10
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
CHANGED TO: Thursday July 11
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 15
from 7:00 to 9:00 PM
397 Clarke Ave
Staten Island NY 10306

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

Local 2287 Meeting
Third Wednesday of the Month
Next Meeting: Wednesday July 17
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 18
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 18
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 23
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 30
from 5:00 to 7:00 PM
51 Roosevelt Ave.
Valley Stream NY 11581