QUESTIONS FOR CANDIDATES, & RO FORUM JUNE 21ST

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QUESTIONS FOR CANDIDATES, & RO FORUM JUNE 21ST

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re: 2nd IRO Report by Dennis Walsh -
     excerpt of figures from pg. 47

"The assessments for the fiscal years 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010 were $1,057,187; $1,155,132; $1,055,129; and $882,045 respectively."

"The expenses of the Political Department consisted primarily of the wages and
benefits of the Director and Deputy Director, political donations and lobbying
expenses.

Total salaries averaged approximately $300,000 per year and political donations ranged from $237,000 to $369,000 per year, depending on the political cycle."
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Predicated on the Nickel an Hour Political Department assessment for the years 07-09, Total Man-Hours (M/H) are as follows:

% Collected by Tustees of Funds:    

2007 $1,055,132 = 23,102,640 M/H  

2008 $1,055,129 = 21,102,580 M/H  

2009 $882,045 = 17,640,900 M/H    

(FILL IN THE BLANK FOR ALL CANDIDATES FOR ELECTED OFFICE)

MONIES OWED

YEAR    PENSION    ANNUITY    HEALTH

2007 - ___________________________

2008 - ___________________________

2009 - ___________________________

1) In regard to the major Benefit Funds (Pension, Annuity & Health & Welfare - what percentage of the above total Man-Hours were collected by the Funds trustees for each year shown above? Open Book - Open Notes

2) As a Candidate for Office, what will you do to ensure that all of the above Trust Funds A/R's are fully funded at 100% of what is owed.

3) What Rule changes are required of each Trust Fund and within the NYCDCC Collective Bargaining Agreement (contract) to ensure payment of of benefits, which are due on demand (immediately)? Please note, there are no terms here, no net 30 accounting,
no making the employeee wait for a week, a months, a quarter to recoup monies owed.

4) What kind of language is required to be added to the CBA's to ensure the Benefit Stamps are paid upon demand, when due & owed? What action should take place on the projects when the signatory GC or Sub fails to pay when due? Should we add joint pay-joint check language to the funds to ensure the funds are paid when due?

5) What are the amounts owed for each Fiscal year and what percentage of these missing dollars is anticipated as being recoverable?

6) How much earned interest have the funds lost as a result of the waivers granted by the EST & Trustees?

7) Why have Latham & Watkins and McGuire law firms reported man-hours from 2006 to 2009 at 17.2 Million man-hours to 14.4 Million man-hours which are up to 34% off from the man-hours reported by the IRO?

8) Why would the IRO entertain the eliminiation of the 50-50 Rule under the terms & conditions of the Consent Decree, given that it is now 67-33% and the UBCJA's 100% Full Mobility request will effectively grant the Contractor Associations 100% control over all hiring and allow them to run a "closed shop preferential hiring arrangement" that Taft-Hartly outlawed in 1947?

9) Will the IRO allow the Council Delegate Body's (CDB) collective voice to be silenced by fraudulent language specifically inserted to the By-Laws and Restructuring Plan by slick attorney's (the kind who lie in open Court about transparency & a new form of democratic engagement) qualifiying the CDB's position and stature a nullity in all New York City District Council matters via operation of the "NON-BINDING VOTE" on all issues effecting the rank & file member, with particular emphasis on the CBA? .

10 ) What specific Sections shall the IRO veto on a line item basis from the 138-page UBCJA International Restructuring Plan? Will he have a detailed written report on this available for June 21st, in advance of the RO Forum. Members need hard information on exactly where he & the US Attorney stand

11) When will the IRO publishe his findings and report to the Court will these be available in written form prior to the June 28th conferencing session at the Courthouse - so members have adequate time to prepare and ask the right questions in Court? Note: Transparency is the word of the day from the UBC and all the players - so it is high time to honor those words, less they ring hollow.


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With regard to the Man-Hours, the totals for the years 2007-2009 was not available, however, using the 15,294 active member figure from 10/31/10 and an average Hourly wage for rounding of $43.00 per M/H & the FY 2009 M/H Total of 17,640,900 total M/H's, on average the rank & file journeyman Carpenter would gross 1,153 M/H x $43 = $49,579.00 per year.

At say an average of 35% with-holding < $17,353>, net take home pay = $32,226
before the rank & file worker files a short or long form itemized tax return.

That translates to $619.73 per week net pay, hardly enough to live in NYC.....BTEA
wants to reduce this by 20-25% and honestly believes that people living in or around NYCDCC, or the 5-Boroughs are making it in New York.

It seems appropriate, in light of the proposed Retructuring Plan & Bylaw changes that prior to any change, that more detailed analysis is required.
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CANDIDATE  & SLATE QUESTIONS:

GIVEN THE COST OF LIVING IN NYC, THE BOROUGHS & SURROUNDING AREA'S, IS IT
NOT FAIR TO SAY THAT THE MIN. WAGE (THE UNION WAGE) REQUIRED TO LIVE IN NYC
is 2,000 M/H per YEAR FOR ALL MEMBERS?

IS A $32,226 NET PAY AVERAGE, PER MAN, PER YEAR THE BEST THE COUNCIL CAN DO FOR ALL UBC BROTHERS & SISTERS IN THE NYCDCC?

WHAT WILL YOU DO IF ELECTED TO GET THE AVERAGE MAN-HOUR TOTAL PER MAN TO 1,500 M/H PER YEAR?...TO 1,750 M/H PER YEAR & BEYOND?