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2017

Northeast Regional Council of Carpenters Begins Northeast ‘Stable to Table’ Tour to Raise Awareness for the ALDI Corporation’s Poor Business Practices

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March 5, 2018 – Edison, NJ –  From March 5 -- April 24, the Northeast Regional Council of Carpenters (NRCC) will conduct the Anti-ALDI Stable to Table Roadshow throughout the Northeast to raise public awareness for the poor business practices of the ALDI Corporation.

Vassar Medical Center Expansion in Poughkeepsie, NY is the Area’s Largest Construction Project in More Than 35 Years

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December 29, 2017 – Poughkeepsie, NY – Forty Northeast Regional Council of Carpenters (NRCC) carpenters and pile drivers are now working on the construction of the new in-patient pavilion at Vassar Brothers Medical Center in Poughkeepsie, New York. The $500 million expansion, which started in April 2017, is the largest construction project in more than 35 years in the city. When the project is completed in early 2019, the hospital will double in size and be the largest medical facility in the area.

“This is an important project that has been spearheaded by organized labor from the beginning and is vital to bringing jobs and industry to the area,” said William Banfield, NRCC’s Southeast New York Regional Manager. “Prior to the start of this project, we had a number of discussions with area government officials – including Mayor of Poughkeepsie Robert Rolison – and hospital officials to stress the importance of using highly skilled union labor.”

Northeast Regional Council of Carpenters to Host Sisters in the Brotherhood Pre-Apprentice Program Information Session in Baltimore

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Baltimore, MD – December 27, 2017 – The Northeast Regional Council of Carpenters (NRCC) will host an information session for the Sisters in the Brotherhood (SIB) Pre-Apprentice Program at the Mid-Atlantic Carpenters’ Training Center (1407 Rome Road, Baltimore, MD 21227) on January 8th.

The session will give Baltimore-area women the opportunity to learn more about a career in carpentry. This is the SIB pre-apprenticeship program’s second year in Baltimore. The first class graduated on August 18th.

New York State Reciprocal Debarment Legislation Signed into Law by Governor Cuomo

Albany, NY (December 22, 2017) – On December 18, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed into law new reciprocal debarment legislation to amend labor and general municipal law, as it relates to reciprocity of debarments imposed under the federal Davis-Bacon Act. The bill states that any contractor debarred by the U.S. Department of Labor for violations of the Davis-Bacon Act cannot work on New York State public works projects.  The statute will take effect in March 2018.

“This is an important new State law that ensures that contractors barred on the federal level from public works projects won’t have the ability to win new projects in the State of New York,” said John Ballantyne, NRCC’s Executive Secretary-Treasurer. “We’re pleased to support a law that ensures that hardworking men and women carpenters receive good pay and benefits from reputable, law-abiding companies in the State.”

Northeast Regional Council of Carpenters Names Local 164 Member Ted Brophy as 2017 Citizen Carpenter of the Year

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Edison, NJ (December 20, 2017) – On December 8th, the Northeast Regional Council of Carpenters (NRCC) selected Local 164 Member Ted Brophy as the 2017 Citizen Carpenter of the Year for his continued service to the community.

Multi-Billion Dollar Construction of Cricket Valley Energy Center will Employ 150+ Union Carpenters in Dover Plains, NY

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December 18, 2017 – Dover Plains, NY – Since July 2017, approximately 60 carpenters from the Northeast Regional Council of Carpenters (NRCC) have worked on the construction of the Cricket Valley Energy Center, a new $1.5 billion 1,100-megawatt, natural-gas-fired power plant located in Dover Plains, New York.

The energy center will provide power to approximately one million homes and at the peak of construction will employ approximately 900 tradespeople – including a total of 150-160 carpenters. Bechtel, the largest construction and civil engineering company in the United States, is overseeing the engineering and construction of the power plant.

Hotel Management Magazine Features Work by NRCC Carpenters and Pile Drivers on the New Dual-Branded W Philadelphia and Element Philadelphia Hotel

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On December 12, Hotel Management Magazine featured a story on the new "the dual-branded W Philadelphia and Element Philadelphia Hotel development that is scheduled for completion in spring 2018. The project, which is estimated to cost $240 million, currently has approximately 50 carpenters and pile drivers from the Northeast Regional Council of Carpenters (NRCC) building the hotel development’s concrete structure. Also involved in the development of the property is Cope Linder Architects."

The W Philadelphia and Element Philadelphia Hotel are two brands designed within a single 52-story tower at 15th and Chestnut Streets in Center City, Philadelphia. Upon completion, it will have nearly 300 rooms in the W Philadelphia hotel and 460 rooms in the Element Philadelphia hotel as well as an outdoor terrace, outdoor pool, restaurant, banquet facilities, meeting rooms and retail space.

Northeast Regional Council of Carpenters Help Renovate Headstrong Foundation's Nick’s House

 

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Swarthmore, PA (December 12, 2017) – The Northeast Regional Council of Carpenters (NRCC), local elected officials and area residents gathered yesterday for the grand opening of Headstrong Foundation’s “Nick’s House” located at 200 S. Chester Road in Swarthmore, Pennsylvania.

The grand opening gave attendees the opportunity to tour “Nick’s House,” while learning more about the Headstrong Foundation and its mission. Throughout 2017, NRCC Locals 173 and 164 helped to construct Nick’s House, a place of comfort for families who have a child battling cancer and undergoing out-of-town treatment. To date, the Foundation has helped nearly 14,750 patients and their families.

During the construction phase, 50 Union Carpenters volunteered their time to renovate a 120-year-old building, including: framing; sheet rocking; drywall; door installation; and ceiling grids. Local 173 Council Representative Thomas Breslin worked closely with the staff at Headstrong Foundation and Carpenters who volunteered their time for the project.

New York Announces 'Wage Theft Initiative' to Deter Exploitation of Workers

On Monday, December 4, 2017, Northeast Regional Council of Carpenters' Hudson Valley Team Lead Scott Smith and Long Island Team Lead Anthony Macagnone attended an event with New York officials and district attorneys to announce a new initiative to crack down on wage theft in the construction industry. 

Since the start of 2017, authorities have cracked down on several construction contractors that withheld an estimated $2.5 million from hundreds of workers across New York. Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance Jr., New York State Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and a multitude of other key political players declared "criminal charges this week in a series of cases stemming from joint efforts by the city and state government to protect the exploitation of workers through the Wage Theft Initiative." The plan is a part of a larger push to guarantee safe labor conditions, root out corruption and eliminate fraud within the industry.

For example, in an investigation heavily driven by NRCC's Long Island Team Room, Nassau County District Attorney Madeline Singas, convicted the National Insulation & GC Corp. for failing to pay at least 6 employees nearly $13,000 in wages.

Click here to read the press release. 

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