Last week in the effort for transparency, I requested EST, Joe Geiger to please post the NYCDCC position on the recent Hudson Yards MOA and an explanation why we are not participating with the Building Trades, "Count Me In" campaign on the Council website. Below was the response that was posted on the web site.
A MESSAGE FROM EXECUTIVE SECRETARY-TREASURER JOSEPH GEIGER:
Brothers and Sisters
“Our number one priority is to provide good paying jobs for our members. This agreement achieves that—guaranteeing millions of man-hours for union carpenters over several years who will construct over 9 million square feet of new construction. That is why our delegates approved the agreement by an overwhelming majority. The New York City construction market is evolving, the District Council will continue to innovate to ensure our members meet the needs of the market.”
Our brothers and sisters are putting their best foot forward to build a better New York one project at a time.
Hudson Yards is a unique, large-scale project, and our union has secured an agreement with Related to ensure all workers are being treated fairly. Our agreement will:
Create 9million sq. ft of new construction
Ensure millions of hours of work for NYCDCC members
Provide substantial contributions to health & welfare funds
Financially support our pension
After the previous posted response, I requested a clearer explanation regarding the questions. An up-dated response was added following my second request.
Hudson Yards Agreement Guarantees Work for Harworking NYCDCC Members
Posted On4:39 pm by Liz McKenna
Memo from EST Joseph Geiger about 50 Hudson Yards
Posted On1:27 pm byLiz McKenna
Brothers and Sisters –
It has come to my attention that there are some misunderstandings about the recent agreement the District Council reached with Related at Hudson Yards.
For clarity, my number one job as the Executive Secretary-Treasurer of this union is to create work opportunities and protect the interest of all members of the District Council. Our agreement with Related at Hudson Yards will result in millions of man-hours for current members, help provide health care to more than 58,000 active/retired members and ensure a financially sound pension system that will allow current and future retirees to retire with dignity.
That is why I and the Executive Committee recommended and the Delegate Body ratified the MOA for 50 Hudson Yards. Other members of the Building and Construction Trade Council are not working on this project. Many members of the other unions are exercising their right to rally, organize and picket the job site.
The District Council still belongs to the Building and Construction Trades Council. We continue to collaborate on legislative issues such as “Definition of Public Works” and negotiating agreements with NYC public agencies. However, like other large coalitions, we do not agree on everything.
There are also several large projects throughout the city that we picket that other building trades unions are working on. That is the reality of the market and your District Council will continue to innovate, adapt, and modernize to ensure our members go to work.
We will continue to lead the unionized construction industry into the 21st century.
Following is a memo that was also generated from the NYCDCC regarding this important issue.What is your opinion on the NYCDCC posture and do you agree?