May Newsletter

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Bronx Week Labor Breakfast

EST Joseph Geiger was honored this morning by Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. at the Bronx Week Labor Breakfast. The event honored leaders in labor for their commitment to building up the Bronx. Congratulations to all the honorees. May we continue to be a force of good for the community and rise up against those who would try shortchange the working class and diminish our standard of living.


As you know, 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. On May 17th, District Council representatives were present at the Macy’s annual shareholders meeting in Ohio to let Macy’s know we won’t stand for deplorable working conditions on their construction projects and the exploitation of carpenters working on those projects. This needs to end now.

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 will continue to discuss with Macy’s the possibility of having members build phase two.

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

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.

Bronx Week

District Council members, family, and friends all had a great time at Bronx Week from May 6-19th. Members and their families came out to the Bronx Health and Wellness Fair sponsored by Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. Members also celebrated Bronx Pride at the street festival, parade, and concert on May 19th!

West Bronx Town Hall

The Membership Town Hall in the West Bronx was a huge success. Over 100 members participated to discuss getting involved in their community, especially with the Jerome Avenue rezoning underway. Thank you to Council Member Vanessa Gibson and our Bronx Liaison Ashley Torres for their support.

East New York Career Fair

Brooklyn Carpenters Charles Bullock, Regis Philip, Julian Williams, Kirt McCarthy, Donald Pierre, Jamar Verwayne and Marion Lafayette represented the District Council at Senator Roxanne Persaud’s College & Career Fair in East New York at Thomas Jefferson High School. Pleasure seeing Senator Julia Salazar there as well.

Bushwick Career Fair

Council Representative Ruben Colon and Carpenter Edward Perez joined Joan Staunton of the District Council’s Pre-Apprenticeship Program (Building Works) at Assemblywoman Maritza Davilas Career Fair in Bushwick, Brooklyn to discuss career pathways into Union Carpentry. Great to see Senator Julia Salazar with our Carpenters!

East New York Restoration

Brooklyn Carpenter Kirt McCarthy of Local 45 volunteered to help East New York Restoration LDC build a shed with local STEM students to help learn the fundamentals of solar panel energy atop the new shed. Thank you to Dr. Brett Simms and Charles Bullock for making this happen.

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:

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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 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 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 June 6-9 and 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 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

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 June 19
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 June 20
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 June 20
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 June 25
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 June 25
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 June 11
from 5:00 to 7:00 PM
395 Hudson St., 2nd Floor
New York NY 10014

Delegate Meeting
Second Wednesday of the Month
CHANGED TO: Monday June 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
Next Meeting: Thursday June 6
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 June 17
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 June 18
from 5:30 to 7:30 PM
345 78th Street
Brooklyn NY 11209