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Payment Required by September 1 2012-Working Dues


June 8, 2012

Re: Important Notice Regarding Change in Payment of
Working Dues and Working Dues Assessments

Dear Brothers and Sisters:

The District Council will no longer be collecting Working Dues and Working Dues Assessments through Vacation Benefit deductions under previously executed authorization cards (commonly known as the blue card). This change is effective immediately. As a result, you will be receiving your full Vacation Benefit without any deductions for payments due to the District Council.

The District Council is in the process of implementing dues check-off provisions that would allow for automatic paycheck deductions from weekly pay subject to your execution of a valid authorization form. Dues check-off provisions are a lawful, very common, and convenient way for members to pay union dues. In the meantime, we have implemented several ways for you to meet your financial obligations to the District Council. Those payment options, along with the amount due and the due date will be included with your vacation check.

It is extremely important to remember that, although the payment method is changing, there is no change in your financial obligations to the District Council. We urge you to act quickly in making your required payment to the District Council. We need to continue without interruption our efforts to rebuild our Union into a united fighting force against the many threats confronting the unionized construction industry in New York City.

Thank you

Updates to follow.

New York City and Vicinity District Council of Carpenters
Press Clips for Tuesday, June 19, 2012
1 DC Mention

June 18, 2012
Capital; State of Politics Blog
Posted by Liz Benjamin
DC Mentioned for endorsement of Hakeen Jeffries

Protests at Sam Chang hotel site lead to indictments for labor organizers
June 18, 2012
Publication: The Real Deal

Cuomo reaches labor deal for Tappan Zee
June 18, 2012
Crain’s New York
By Daniel Massey

Labor party: AFL backs Rangel
June 19, 2012
New York Post

Holding Doors or Fixing Pipes, Women Who Work as Building Employees Are Still Rare
June 18, 2012
Publication: New York Times

Jun 18th , 2012
Capital; State of Politics Blog
Posted by Liz Benjamin

Ex-Sen. Nick Spano was sentenced to a year and a day in prison for failing to pay $53,000 in income taxes.

The AFL-CIO endorsed Rep. Charlie Rangel in NY-13.

Following the lead of Standard & Poor’s, Moody’s Investment Service today kept the A1 bond rating for the state Thruway Authority, but dropped its outlook from stable to negative.

New York State Correctional Officers and Police Benevolent Association and the Cuomo administration have reached a tentative contract agreement.

Sandra Lee tweets from the Talmud.

Mayor Bloomberg was overheard at a charity event saying he believes Mitt Romney would be better at running the country than President Obama, but he probably won’t issue a formal endorsement.

Sen. Chuck Schumer will be speaking about the NYC Charles Barron problem in the NY-8 Democratic primary “in the near future.”

Two of the High Court’s justices, Antonin Scalia and Ruth Bader Ginsburg, dropped hints this weekend on the highly anticipated Affordable Care Act ruling. June 25 is one predicted date for the ruling, which some anticipated as earler as today.

The latest Bloomberg administration departure: Parks Commissioner Adrian Benepe, who has been there since the beginning.

Bloomberg and his anti-illegal gun group is an issue in the NY-27 GOP primary.

The District Council of Carpenters endorsed Assemblyman Hakeem Jeffries in NY-8.

The building of a new Tappan Zee Bridge took a step forward today as the state and 14 major trade unions reached a deal for a project-labor agreement for the $5 billion construction project.

Rudy Giuliani imitated Obama getting a proverbial kick to the groin following Rep. Bob Turner’s win in Democrat-dominated NY-9 last year.

The New York Times will team up with BuzzFeed to cover the 2012 conventions.

Even the Chinese think Hillary Clinton might run for president in 2016.

Nassau Comptroller George Maragos isn’t taking a position on County Executive Edward Mangano’s effort to bypass his local Legislature and the Nassau Interim Finance Authority on certain borrowing.

A deal has reportedly been reached to bump legislators’ base pay to $100,000 a year, but it won’t be passed until the week after Thanksgiving.

Protests at Sam Chang hotel site lead to indictments for labor organizers
June 18, 2012
Publication: The Real Deal

Two organizers for the construction laborers union were indicted on charges of inciting a riot and unlawful assembly, the New York Times reported. Robert James and Dennis Lee are accused of the crimes in connection with a protest outside a nonunion construction site at a hotel rising on 36th Street last September.

The indictment is the culmination of a six-year battle between unions and Cava Construction, which is owned by a Carmine Della Cava, reputed to be a member of the Genovese crime family.
The hotel is being built by Cava for hotel developer Sam Chang.

“It’s a brave new world when the district attorney’s office sides with a convicted member of organized crime against union workers exercising their First Amendment privilege,” J. Bruce Maffeo, a former federal prosecutor and attorney for James told the Times. “Bob James committed no crime, and this is not a fight from which he or union labor will walk away.”

Della Cava did not return the Times’ phone calls and e-mails seeking comment.

Cuomo reaches labor deal for Tappan Zee
Agreement with ironworkers paves the way for the governor’s signature capital project, a new bridge costing $6 billion.

June 18, 2012
Crain’s New York
By Daniel Massey

The Cuomo administration has reached a deal with building trades unions that could save the state nearly half a billion dollars on its ambitious Tappan Zee Bridge project and guarantees that labor disruptions won’t mar the construction.

The project labor agreement, or PLA, was approved after twice failing to gain the favor of the unions .
Labor leaders had opposed a state plan to cut, bend and fabricate the reinforcing steel for the bridge in an offsite factory instead of having the Metallic Lathers and Reinforcing Ironworkers Local 46 do the work on or near the bridge. The union feared the original state plan would deprive its members of $40 million in wages and benefits.

“Replacing the Tappan Zee Bridge represents one of the largest public infrastructure projects in the nation, and the agreement reached today will allow thousands of New York’s working men and women to secure good jobs building a new, safer bridge,” Mr. Cuomo said in a statement.

In addition to a no-strike pledge, the deal reached with 14 labor organizations includes $452 million in savings for the state, achieved via work-rule changes and other means. Local 46 gave the state the same 15% wage and benefit reduction it offered earlier this year in its private contracts.

Key provisions in the deal include a straight 40-hour work week, including flexible scheduling; more apprentices allowed on the job; and standardized holidays.

“I’m very happy the governor’s office worked with the union to get the best possible deal for the taxpayers,” said Terrence Moore, Local 46’s business manager.

Howard Milstein, chairman of the New York State Thruway Authority, which has jurisdiction over the project, said the deal was good for both taxpayers and workers. “It ensures that we will have reliable, local labor for the duration of the construction project,” he said.

Earlier this month, construction trades councils in Rockland and Westchester counties overwhelmingly voted down the PLA. But the Cuomo administration reversed course on moving work traditionally done by Local 46 upstate, paving the way for a deal.

It’s not clear why the state pushed for the off-site rebar work, but one possibility is that it would have created jobs upstate and helped the governor sell the $6 billion project in sections of New York that might otherwise be skeptical of such a large downstate expenditure.

The move could have also lowered costs. The wages could have been significantly lower if the off-site jobs did not pay prevailing wages.

Local 46, whose jurisdiction includes New York City, has been a perennial target of major construction managers, who argue that its contracts protect an outdated business model. Labor sources believe some of those contractors may have pressed the Cuomo administration to use the Tappan Zee to help establish a new standard.

But after the councils voted the PLA down in early June, the Cuomo administration faced the possibility that labor turmoil could have disrupted its signature economic development initiative. It still needs to figure out how to finance the project, but at least one potential headache has now been alleviated.

Labor party: AFL backs Rangel
June 19, 2012
New York Post

Rep. Charles Rangel yesterday picked up a key labor endorsement as he approached the homestretch in the fight of his political life.

The New York State AFL-CIO, a federation of more than 3,000 local unions, threw its weight behind the old Harlem war horse going into next Tuesday’s Democratic primary.

Rangel, seeking a 22nd term, faces strong challenges from state Sen. Adriano Espaillat, who hopes to capture the Latino vote in the newly drawn district, and Clyde Williams, who has ties to President Obama and former President Bill Clinton.

Rangel (pictured), 82, lamented recent “attacks on labor” nationwide.

“One thing is clear: The attack on labor is an attack on everything we believe as Americans,” he told a crowd from the steps of City Hall.

“Capitalism hasn’t got a darn thing to do with human beings and human rights and a fair salary, fair pay . . . That’s where the labor movement comes in . . . People just take so much for granted.”

Rangel, who has weathered a series of ethical woes, including public censure on the House floor two years ago for failing to pay taxes, went on to express his “disappointment . . . with people that just want the free ride after all the fighting has been done.”

Holding Doors or Fixing Pipes, Women Who Work as Building Employees Are Still Rare

June 18, 2012
Publication: New York Times

Monique Catus stood at the entrance of an elegant Art Deco apartment building on East 51st Street one day this spring, with a smile on her face and pristine white gloves on her hands. A little girl trotted by, she later recounted, looked up at her, and then looked at her mother. She was confused.

“He’s a girl!” she said, turning to her mother.

“No, she’s a girl,” her mother corrected.

“But!” the little girl said, “That’s the doorman!”

Doorwoman, actually. Doorperson, or door attendant, would be fine, too. None of these terms, however, are widely in use, because even though there are thousands of people in New York City who do the job, only a few hundred of them are women. And the pace of change has been glacial.

According to 32BJ, the largest building employee union in the city, about 12,800 of its members in the five boroughs are employed as doormen, porters and the like in residential buildings. How many are women? Only 302. Of the nearly 3,000 residential superintendents in the union, the number of women is 45.

“We all say ‘doormen’ for a reason: you really don’t see many women doing it,” said Amy Peterson, the president of Nontraditional Employment for Women, a nonprofit organization that trains women for jobs in male-dominated fields like construction and building maintenance. “But that’s not because employers don’t want to hire women, and it’s not because women aren’t ready.”

One reason, a spokeswoman for 32BJ suggested, is that the turnover in those jobs is quite low. Doorman, superintendent and porter positions are good union jobs (the minimum wage for a doorman in a typical apartment building is $20.77 an hour, before tips) with benefit plans and regular raises, and are not in danger of being shipped overseas. Often, such jobs are held by the same person for a few decades, or even passed down to the next generation.

“To get a doorman job, usually somebody has to die,” Ms. Catus said, with only a hint of exaggeration.

But there are women who have muscled in, who are out there doing those jobs and doing them well, their employers say.

At the Beatrice, a high-end rental building on West 29th Street, two women are employed. One of them, Orla DiTaranto, 31, has been working as a doorwoman (as she calls herself) since the building opened in 2010. Ms. DiTaranto says that while her co-workers are very supportive, disparaging comments about her sex and her job from the people who pass through can be a daily occurrence.

“Just don’t let anybody walk all over you, because they will if you let them,” Ms. DiTaranto said. And if they give you trouble, she added with a chuckle, “give them a little kick.”

When someone questions a doorwoman’s ability to do her job, many say, the focus is usually on security.

Stephanie Vega, who works at the M at Beekman on East 50th Street, said that a man looking for an apartment for his daughter once asked Ms. Vega what kind of security background she had.

“Were you in the Army?” he asked, Ms. Vega recounted. “No, I wasn’t in the Army, but that’s why we have a telephone,” she said. “We call 911 when something happens.”

Mary Signorella, a general manager at Cooper Square Realty who oversees the Southgate cooperative where Ms. Catus has been working, pointed out that building security generally has more to do with keeping a pair of eyes on the door than with hand-to-hand combat.

“No one I know is going to say, ‘Stop with your gun! You can’t get past me!’ ” Ms. Signorella said.

The Southgate, which is made up of four buildings on 52nd Street between First Avenue and the East River and an additional one on 51st Street, recently experienced a groundswell in the number of female employees, as six women were hired to fill in as porters or door staff members for the summer while regular workers are on vacation. All six were referred by Nontraditional Employment for Women, where a Southgate resident, Nicola Heryet, sits on the board.

The organization has been training women for jobs in male-dominated fields for more than 30 years, and construction jobs have long made up a large portion of its placements. But when the recession struck, construction projects dried up, Ms. Heryet explained, so the organization began to focus more on building services. This spring, it offered its first supplemental class in building operations to its graduates.

On a recent Thursday evening, eight women sat in the class (held in a brightly lighted basement shop room lined with power tools) learning all about HVAC systems and mold. The students included a former hairdresser looking for the stability of a union job and the superintendent at a supportive housing facility for people living with AIDS, who wanted to learn more about how to run her building.

Slowly, more women are being hired to do such jobs, and the sight of a woman in these particular roles will become more commonplace. But there are a few who have already been at it for decades.

Theresa Salfi started helping out at a building on Sullivan Street 50 years ago, when her father became the super there, and she officially took over for him when he died. Today, she and her brother, Joey Maietta, still work there together. But it is Ms. Salfi who is in charge.

“I’m the super,” Ms. Salfi said. “He’s my handyman. He helps me.”

A version of this article appeared in print on June 19, 2012, on page A21 of the New York edition with the headline: At the Door or on the Roof, Women Are Still a Rarity In Building Service Jobs..

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