Who We Are / What We Do

WHO WE ARE

The Political Action Department is the political arm of the New York City District Council of Carpenters, acting at the legislative and political levels.

The District Council PAC Committee – made up of the Executive Board, Executive Secretary Treasurer, President and Vice President – interviews and endorses candidates in Local, City, State and Federal races with Delegate Body Approval. In these races, we provide support both financially and through the Member Participation Program. These activities include leafleting, door-to-door canvassing, phone banking and rallies.

 

WHAT WE DO

The District Council advocates at the Local, City, State and Federal levels. In most instances, legislation falls into one of two categories: Job opportunity creation (such as the approval of the Javits Center expansion or the siting of the Bronx Water Filtration Plant) or worker health and safety (such as requiring scaffolding erector training in New York City or banning the use of the carcinogenic wood preservative creosote). We also work closely with various governmental agencies pertaining to the construction industry.

The construction industry is inherently intertwined with government whether through the land use process, contracting opportunities, labor law, and health and safety regulation.  By actively participating in the process we can increase market share for our contractors and members, protect their health and safety, and make it more difficult for non-union firms to operate in the underground economy.