September Newsletter

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2019 Labor Day Parade

On Saturday, September 7th, the District Council proudly marched in the 2019 Labor Day Parade! Hundreds of members, friends, and family came out to support the District Council and union pride. We had a great showing of support and enthusiasm from our members and volunteers from every local. Thank you for sharing solidarity and for taking the time to make this parade a success.

Click here for more photos!

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 as the 2019 Softball Champion!

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

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

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

Better Safe Than Sorry: OSHA-30 Required

Local Law 196


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 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.

Members Testify in Support of Intro 674

On September 23rd, three members testified in support of Intro. 674, Charles Bullock of Local 926, Jamel Dickerson of Local 45, and Nathud Panama of Local 1556. Intro. 674 would require the Mayor’s Office of Contract Services to reduce the threshold value for individual construction contracts and construction-related maintenance contracts covered under the apprenticeship program directive from $3 million to $1 million. This would ensure that contractors on a greater number of projects contracted by the city employ a trained workforce.

Our members proudly represented their brothers and sisters in the union and gave great testimonies. The bill sponsor and the chairman were both impressed by the testimonies given. Thank you so much Charles Bullock, Jamel Dickerson, and Nathud Panama for your contributions.

Please reach out to your local elected officials to encourage them pass Into. 674.

Crown Heights Backpack Giveaway

Over a dozen Brooklyn members of New York City District Council of Carpenters volunteered at the Back to School Block Party this Saturday to give away hundreds of backpacks donated by CCA Metro to their Crown Heights neighbors. Thank you to everyone who came out and to NYS Senator Zellnor Myrie and Councilman Brad Lander of Park Slope. More children are stepping into school prepared thanks to you!

Woodside Community Movie Screening

The New York City District Council and CCA Metro were proud to work with the NYCHA Woodside Houses Tenants Association and State Senator Jessica Ramos to host a Community Movie Screening of Aladdin in Woodside, Queens. Families enjoyed cotton candy and popcorn for a fun-filled night! Together we are giving back to the communities who have given so much to us.


Celebrating Our Caribbean Brothers and Sisters

On Saturday, September 21, members from the District Council joined Senator Jamaal T. Bailey to celebrate Caribbean culture and to march in the union parade!

Congratulations to District Council Representative David Caraballoso who was honored by Senator Bailey at the parade for his great work in our union.

Thank you to all the members who came out:

Louis Cano
Stanley F. Bailey
Darius George
George Christopher Farrell
Verold L. Guthrie
Cecilia Smoker
David Caraballoso
Denise Echevarria
Denley Russle
Bevon Dennis
Carlos M. Acosta
Vere Benjamin
Rowan Lashley
Nigel Vigo
Anderson Nesbitt
Elvis Gabriel
Deberne Agustin Joseph
Junior Phinn

John Sheehy Honored as Labor Ambassador

Congratulations to John Sheehy, New York City District Council of Carpenters Director of Jurisdiction, for being honored as a Labor Ambassador in The Irish Echo’s Ninth Annual Irish Labor Awards!

Building the Skills of Future Carpenters in Castle Hill

Teaching children the skills of tomorrow, the District Council and CCA Metro hosted a carpenters kids event with the YMCA in Castle Hill. Special thanks to the Training Center and the members who volunteered their time on a Saturday to help kids build toy cars and share information about their skill set as a union carpenter.

Special thanks to Eileen Bonilla, Andrew Irenze, Kashif Walker, and Instructor Giancarlo Rachiele.

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.

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:

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.

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 30, 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.

Attend your upcoming Local Union meetings.

Local 2287 Meeting
Third Wednesday of the Month
Next Meeting: Wednesday October 16
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 17
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 17
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 22
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 29
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 October 8
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 October 9
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 October 3
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 October 21
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