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The 2016 Presidential Election: The Vote of a Lifetime

Brothers and Sisters,

We’re approaching the presidential election with the finish line in sight, after facing a barrage of messages from both candidates.

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For Members of Local 491

Dear Member,

On November 9 2015, a letter was sent out to the membership of local 491 announcing that effective November 9, 2015 the Local will be joining The Northeast Regional Council of Carpenters and will no longer be affiliated with the Metropolitan Regional Council of Carpenters. Furthermore, also effective on November 9, 2015, the geographical and trade jurisdiction for local Union 491 shall also be assigned to the Northeast Regional Council.

In an effort to keep you as informed as possible I would like to make you aware of our upcoming NRCC Executive Board Elections that will take place on December 11, 2015. Only Council Delegates will be able to cast their vote in the election. The qualifications for nominations and elections will comply with the Constitution of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America, Section 31 A-J. Below are both of the letters you have received as well as a list of the council delegates who are on the Election Committee.

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Notice of Nomination and Election

 

Dear Member,

On October 23 2015, a letter was sent out to the membership announcing the upcoming Northeast Regional Council of Carpenters Executive Board Elections that will take place on December 11, 2015. This is a clarification that only Delegates will be able to cast their vote in the election. The qualifications for nominations and elections will comply with the Constitution of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America, Section 31 A-J. Below you will find the list of Election Committee Members.

Chairman:  Denis Sullivan

LU #251 – Ronald Simone

LU #252 – Lenard Ranallo

LU #253 – Robert Satriano

LU #254 – Anthony Abrantes

LU #255 – Edward Hagaman

LU #276 – Peter Woodward

LU #277 – Scott Colton

LU #279 – Dominick Scafidi

LU #290 – Paul Leo

LU #291 – Micheal Shanahan

 

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Labor Day

Brothers and Sisters,

On May 12, 1882 our founding father Peter J. McGuire sounded the call for the creation of a national holiday to recognize the hard working men and women of this county. McGuire stated that the day should be, “celebrated by a street parade which would publicly show the strength and esprit de corps of the trade and labor organizations." New York and New Jersey were amongst the original five states to officially designate the first Monday of each September a Labor Day - our day to celebrate the valuable contributions of workers to the success and prosperity of our country.

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The Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure

Brothers and Sisters,

The Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure Series is the largest, most successful education and fundraising event for breast cancer in the world.  Their mission is to save lives and end breast cancer by educating the public, advocating for better breast cancer policy, supporting new research, and providing financial and emotional assistance to victims.

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Employer Payroll Fraud

Brothers and Sisters,

One of the most damaging practices in the construction industry today is employer payroll fraud. This happens when employees are misclassified as independent contractors, or 1099 workers, and  paid off the books.

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GHL Scholarship Luncheon

Brothers and Sisters,

This past Wednesday we celebrated the 20th anniversary of the George H. Laufenberg Scholarship Fund by awarding scholarships to thirty seven students who exemplified academic achievement, leadership and community service. Founded in 1996, the fund was established as a way to give back to our Carpenter family by lending a hand to help deserving young men and women achieve their dreams of going to college. 2015 recipient Janelle Isaacs, said, “I watched my sister transfer from school to school because she struggled to pay her tuition. I want to stay in the same school and get my college degree, this scholarship is going to help me to do that”. Since the creation of the fund, over 440 scholarships totaling nearly $3 million have been awarded to the children and grandchildren of union carpenters. This year the selection committee awarded a total of $236,000 to the deserving recipients. 

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Congress to Vote on "TPP" and "TAA" This Friday!

Brothers and Sisters,

For decades United States corporate interests have traded the wealth and treasures of our nation for cheap labor and sky-high, tax free profits.  As the global market place expands, protecting American jobs and American workers is the biggest challenge of our time. Currently, our congressional representatives are deciding on two major pieces of legislation the Trade Adjustment Assistance Bill (“TAA”) and the Trans-Pacific Partnership Free Trade Agreement (“TPP”) both bills if passed could have a dire effect on your future.

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NRCC Members Support our Brothers and Sisters in the Military

Brothers and Sisters,

Monday is Memorial Day. For many, the holiday is a long-awaited break from work that marks the beginning of summer. The long weekend is a welcome opportunity to spend time with family and friends, but we must take a moment to acknowledge the greater significance of the holiday. 

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New Council Representatives

Brothers and Sisters,

The Northeast Regional Council of Carpenters is looking for a few good dedicated carpenters who are interested in becoming Council Representatives.  This important position requires members who are aggressive, creative problem solvers, and good communicators. 

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