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The District Council Celebrates 100 Years

The New York City & Vicinity District Council of Carpenters recently celebrated a huge milestone: Our 100th Anniversary.

The District Council has come a long way since our inception 100 years ago, and while it has not been without hardship, it has been with pride, strength, and ingenuity. Throughout the past century, our ideals have always remained the same: we guarantee every member a pathway to a stable, working class future through continuous support on the job and into retirement.

Our centennial was commemorated with a gala event in Queens, New York. The occasion was attended by union leadership, contractors, legislators, and state regulators, including Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul, NYS Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli, NYC Public Advocate Tish James, and State Assemblyman Marcos Crespo.

The District Council looks forward to the next 100 years of representing and advocating for all working people.

Sign Up Now for the 300 Hitters Program

Taking place January 24-27, 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 and 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:
Maria Delgado



Working with the District Council, CCA Metro (Carpenter Contractor Alliance of Metropolitan New York) has launched BUILDING NEW YORK’S BEST to educate New Yorkers about the difference that union carpenters and contractors make on the projects we build and in the local communities where we live and work. An ongoing series of video, digital, and social media content will feature union carpenters and contractors to showcase the dedicated and exceptional workforce that is Building New York’s Best.


  •  Prioritizing safety to protect workers and the community
  • Providing quality healthcare
  • Providing retirement security
  • Building stable futures with real career and business growth

Follow along with the campaign and stay tuned to learn more about your brothers and sisters in the union.



“The union’s my everything. Being a union member and working on a union job means I’m safe and I have the quality benefits I need to succeed. A lot of people are unaware how the union can change someone’s life. It changed mine and I wouldn’t have the things I have, and I wouldn’t be where I’m at if it wasn’t for my union.”  
– Sinade Wadsworth, Bronx Local 157, Journeyperson



Florida Carpenters Needed for Repairs After Hurricane Michael

Florida carpenters are needed for repairs once Hurricane Michael passes through!

We will be working for Florida Power & Light through Union Temporary Services. Wages will be $25.20 per hour, plus benefits.

Workers must have their own hand tools, skill saw, drill, drop cord and ladder. Note that while having your own ladder is necessary, not having one won’t prevent you from employment.

Anyone interested should contact your home local as soon as possible.

If you are not a member of the Florida Carpenters Regional Council but would like to learn about this work opportunity, click here.

Learn more about the Florida Carpenters at FLCRC.org.

Arbitration Award

John Sheehy, Director of Jurisdiction, was successful in a jurisdictional dispute with Roofers Local 8. The dispute involved the installing of a Cumaru wood decking system.

The Roofers claimed the work fell into their jurisdiction due to “a roof assembly process that has been historically and traditionally installed by roofers,” and because the work project is not the installation of a raised deck over the finished roof, but rather the “installation of all the components for an inverted roof membrane assembly.” The District Council was able to successfully argue that the roof was already completed and exists without the deck. That proved that the roof and deck are completely different structures and, therefore, the deck is our work.

The District Council commends Sheehy for this win. We stand strong when we stand together!

JDS Development Group is planning the development of four new residential buildings on the East River within the Two Bridges Urban Renewal District. James Makin, Area Standards Representative for the NYCDCC, is in direct contact with construction workers on JDS jobsites who have reported wage issues and safety concerns. This developer has been hesitant to respond to these worries surrounding the conditions on their job sites. Construction must be done responsibly, and developers like JDS should not be able to get away with such unlawful conduct.

The City Planning Commission hearing for the development proposal was held on Monday, October 15th. Over 100 speakers showed up in opposition to the plan for four buildings including:
•             Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer
•             Council Member Margaret Chin
•             State Senator Brian Kavanagh
•             Assembly member Yuh-Line Niou

Developers characterized the development to be “minor” modifications which allows them to bypass ULURP process so that the proposal can be approved by the Planning Commission. Community Board 3 also opposed the proposal because it did not offer enough affordable units.

Please click on the following link to voice your opinion and help us in the fight against unethical development practices! Tell the Planning Commission that we say NO to JDS Development Group and NO to their unethical development standards!


Job Alert: Truck Driver

The New York City and Vicinity District Council of Carpenters is seeking a part-time truck driver who holds a Class D Driver’s License to drive our advertising box truck throughout the 5 boroughs of New York City and the Metropolitan area.

Applicants must know how to use a laptop. This position is on needed basis so applicants must be willing to work around a changing schedule. This job will not interfere with your ability to continue to collect your pension. For more information please click here or email recruitment@nycdistrictcouncil.com for more information.

Vote in the General Election on November 6th

To advance our interests as a union and advocate for all workers, it is pivotal that all members exercise their right to vote. Voting is your right as a citizen and your chance to choose and hold your elected officials accountable. Never underestimate the power of your vote.

The general election will take place on November 6, 2018. To look up your polling location, please visit, https://voterlookup.elections.ny.gov/.

To download an application for an absentee ballot, visit elections.ny.gov/votingabsentee.html.

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, October 31st, 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.)

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

The New York City District Council of Carpenters has teamed up with the HEART 9/11 charity to provide relief to areas hit by both Hurricane Harvey, Hurricane Irma, and Hurricane Maria. We have already sent over 260 volunteers to Puerto Rico. 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 volunteer application 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

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.

Attend your upcoming Local Union meetings. Stay informed,
stay active.

Local 212 Meeting
Second Tuesday of the Month
Next Meeting: Tuesday November 13
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 November 14
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
Next Meeting: Thursday November 1
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 November 19
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 November 20
from 5:30 to 7:30 PM
345 78th Street
Brooklyn NY 11209

Local 2287 Meeting
Third Wednesday of the Month
Next Meeting: Wednesday November 21
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 October 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 October 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 October 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 October 30
from 5:00 to 7:00 PM
51 Roosevelt Ave.
Valley Stream NY 11581