October 2019 Newsletter

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A Message from EST Joseph Geiger

Brothers and Sisters,

Early this month, the New York City & Vicinity District Council of Carpenters and the Benefit Funds shared good news. It was such good news that I want to share it with you again.

According to the actuarial consultant for the NYCDCC Pension Fund, projections are positive and point toward our pension funding level increasing to 99.4% within this fiscal year. 

By the end of 2019, we hope to achieve 25 million work hours, and our union is on the course to meet and possibly exceed that goal.

We have increased our work hours by making innovative changes. Every decision we make here at the New York City & Vicinity District Council of Carpenters is to benefit our members. YOU are at the center of everything we do, and while some decisions are difficult to make, it is always in an effort to ensure that our union lives on.

Please read more information about the status of our funds by clicking this memo. Check the website for a video message from the Benefit Funds and more information.

Executive Secretary-Treasurer
Joseph Geiger
New York City & Vicinity District Council of Carpenters

2019 Annual Charity Softball Tournament and Family Picnic

On Saturday, September 28th, the District Council members, friends, and family came out for a fun day of laughter, food, and softball! Sixteen teams competed over the course of the day for the coveted trophy and title of 2019 Softball Tournament Champion. The Shops took the crown this year, beating out The Show 12-2 in the fifth inning. The runners-up were Donaldson and Local 740. EST Joseph Geiger and Vice President Mike Cavanaugh presented the winning teams with first and second place trophies.Thank you to everyone who helped make this day a success.

Check out the 2019 Softball Tournament Photos Here

Members Volunteer to Help Rebuild Bahamas After Hurricane Dorian

Beginning this month and going throughout November, District Council carpenters, in partnership with HEART 9/11, have been volunteering their time to travel to Freeport, Bahamas to help rebuild communities after Hurricane Dorian devastated the area. Member Eugene Hart of Local 157, who is of Bahamian descent, described what it meant to him to have his union supporting his community.

“I am proud to be a carpenter for a union that is helping to rebuild the Bahamas. It shows a lot of compassion as the union cares about people they do not know directly. It is a blessing to my family and to everyone who needs help.”

Thank you to all our members who have signed up to volunteer. Your work is instrumental to the District Council and the families living in these communities.

Better Safe Than Sorry: OSHA-30 Required

Local Law 196


All members who have not graduated from an approved NYSDOL Apprenticeship Program within the past 5 years seeking a Limited Site Safety Training Card are advised to complete an OSHA 30-hour safety training course.

DEADLINE: Beginning December 1, 2019:
limited site safety card WILL be required to work on construction sites in NYC.

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 NYC DOB 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.

Brownsville Community Clean-Up

On October 12th, nearly two dozen Brooklyn Carpenters joined Assemblywoman Latrice M. Walker and Councilwoman Alicka Ampry-Samuels for a community clean-up of Dr. Green Playground in Brownsville, Brooklyn. Thank you to all the members who made this a successful event. Together, we can make a difference in our communities!

Thank you to our members:

Keno Green – Local 157
Worrell Parris – Local 157
Derick Jones – Local 20
Arthur Pascall – Local 926
Ron Paul – Local 157
Brandon Edwards – Local 926
Leroy Letts – Local 926
Boniface Caton – Local 157
Maria Buffamante – Local 45
Herbert Martin – Local 45
Clifton Webb – Local 926
Marlon Nigel Harris – Local 926
Donovan Morrison – Local 157
Christopher Laurency – Local 157
Maxwell Telemaque – Local 157
Christopher Thomas – Local 212
Zogher Ahmed – Local 157
Dansford Pierre – Local 926
Recaldo Joseph – Local 157
Charles Bullock – Local 926

Local 157 Member Shares Successful Career Story at Homeless Shelter

Local 157 member Calvin Milligan volunteered his time to speak at a men’s homeless shelter in the Bronx. Calvin told his story of how he got into the union and how a career as a carpenter can provide a stable income, excellent health benefits, and great skills and experience. Thank you Calvin for inspiring at-risk populations and advocating for union values!

Register to Vote!

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:

Early Voting!

Voting in New York just got a whole lot easier! Across the state, New Yorkers now have NINE DAYS of early voting in addition to Election Day on Nov. 5th. Pledge to #VoteEarlyNY between October 26th & November 3rd and be part of history! Find your locations and hours at http://VoteEarlyNY.org

Choose to Opt-In for Important District Council Messages!

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

To be up-to-date on all things union, the District Council urges all members to subscribe to Council messaging. You drive our success. It is vital that you receive notifications about upcoming participation to become more involved in local and state campaigns.

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.

Monthly MEND Meetings

The MEND Program (Members Education and Network for Dependency) holds monthly Peer Support Group meetings for New York City District Council of Carpenters Welfare Funds participants/dependents who are in both long and short term recovery for substance abuse, 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, October 30, 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.

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.

Attend your upcoming Local Union meetings.

Local 2287 Meeting
Third Wednesday of the Month
Next Meeting: Wednesday November 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 November 21
from 4:30 to 7:00 PM
395 Hudson St., 2nd Floor
New York NY 10014

Local 2790 Meeting
Third Thursday of the Month
Next Meeting: Thursday November 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 November 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 November 26
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 November 12
from 5:00 to 7:00 PM
395 Hudson St., 2nd Floor
New York NY 10014

Local 740 Meeting
First Thursday of the Month
Next Meeting: Thursday November 7
from 6:30 to 8:30 PM
89-07 Atlantic Ave.
Woodhaven NY 11421

Delegate Meeting
Second Wednesday of the Month
Next Meeting: Wednesday November 13
from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
395 Hudson St., 2nd Floor
New York NY 10014

Local 20 Meeting
Third Monday of the Month
Next Meeting: Monday November 18
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