Newly Elected IUPAT District Council 9 Business Manager/Secretary Treasurer and President

After 34 years of service, working his way up through the ranks from Apprentice all the way to Business Manager, Joseph Ramaglia has retired. On behalf of all the staff and members of District Council 9, we thank him for all he has done and wish him the best in this next chapter of his life.

District Council 9 members overwhelmingly vote to pass the new District Council 9 Bylaws!

IUPAT S. Frank "Bud" Raferty Scholarship

Newly Elected District Council 9 President

John J. Barrett
09/03/1964 - 08/30/2014
Notice of Passing and Funeral Arrangements

Labor Day Parade

District Council 9 will be assembling on 45th Street between 6th & 7th Ave.

2014 General Convention

New Business Representative for Local Union 1087

New Business Representative for Local Union 18

William Elfeld
July 21, 1955 Ė July 27, 2014

Notice of Passing
Funeral Arrangements

Application for WC&Cís 2014 Scholarship Program

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2014 Vote of Confidence

CoatingsPro Magazine, May 2014

District Council 9 Endorses Adriano Espaillat for Congress

Union Sportsmenís Alliance (USA)

2014 Special Election Notice

DC 9 Elections 2014

DC 9 Nominations 2014


Residents of Staten Island packed North Shore’s McKee High School Wednesday night to learn about lifelong career opportunities in the construction trades. District Council 9 joined the building trades and affiliated worker groups to inform the public about construction jobs and area standards. Click the link for the full report.

Islanders Pack Construction Job Fair at North Shore High School

More than 1K camp out for union jobs

NYCHA Succeeds in Reducing Work Order Backlog


Pension Statements Memorandum

The sentencing of defendant Hector Lopez, former President of Local 8A-28A, is scheduled for October 16, 2013 at 11AM before Judge Allyne Ross at the United States Federal Courthouse, 225 Cadman Plaza East, Brooklyn, NY (Courtroom 8C South).

If you would like to attend or speak at the sentencing, please contact Lauren at Pitta and Giblin LLP, 212-652-3889, as they need to give advance notice to the Court.

Alpine Painting Has Admitted to Underpaying Its Workers

Alpine Painting and Sandblasting, a painting contractor, is inconsistent in paying workers in accordance with area standards. We take the fair payment of labor seriously, especially when contractors like Alpine Painting undermine the hard working men and women of our communities. Efforts to undercut workers are unlawful, and they erode area standards.

Alpine Painting has admitted to violating Sections 220.8, 220.b2 and 235 of the New York State Labor Law, meaning that it knew, or should have known, it was underpaying laborers, workers and mechanics employed on public projects. Alpine Painting has since agreed to pay $93,172 in restitution, interest, and penalties. Furthermore, recent communication with one of Alpine Painting’s alleged clients, AIG, raised questions about the client list on Alpine’s company website. AIG had expressed concern about its inclusion on Alpine’s client list, informing District Council 9 that Alpine was not an approved vendor. AIG has since been removed from Alpine Painting’s website.

The situation leaves us to ponder a few questions. Is Alpine Painting fabricating professional relationships to pump up its client list? Has Alpine, in fact, worked with all of these companies and has it been granted permission to display the company names and logos on its website? How accurate is Alpine’s client list?

Help us inform the public and let Alpine Painting and Sandblasting know that these practices are unacceptable. Please contact Steve Scaturro at Alpine Painting and let him know that we will not tolerate the perpetuation of these unlawful, untruthful practices. Also, if anyone should come across an Alpine Painting project, please contact John Drew at District Council 9, 212-255-2950 Ext. 138.

For more information please visit: www.AlpineGreed.com.

Ratification Vote

District Council 9 and Structural Steel Painters Contractors Association Raise Over $200,000 for Members Devastated by Hurricane Sandy

We would like to congratulate Business Manager Secretary Treasurer Joseph Ramaglia on his appointment as Chairman of the General President’s Advisory Committee (GPAC).

The deadline for all Hurricane Sandy Assistance forms is February 28, 2013. Please contact your Local Union business representative or call 212-255-2950 Ext. 145 for more information.

Memorial Information for Teri Muroff-Meyer

District Council 9 Coordinates Massive Restoration And Fundraising Effort In Hurricane Sandyís Wake

Timothy Ahern, Building From the Ground Up

The nighttime information line against the Joe Monian at 3 Columbus Circle was a huge success with 525 members in attendance.

A big thank you to all our members and contractors who took the time to join the Build-Up New York Rally in mid-town. District Council 9 had 300 members in attendance.

Renaissance Hotel
80 Red Oak Lane
West Harrison, New York
Information line everyday. Call Michael Carriere for more details

Please join District Council 9, IUPAT and The New York Structural Steel Painting Contractors Association for our Hurricane Sandy Disaster Relief Fundraiser Cocktail Reception. 

The event will take place on Monday, December 24, 2012 at 4:30pm at the DC 9 Hudson Valley Finishing Trades Institute, located at 21 Airport Drive, Wappingers Falls, NY. 

As our members and employees begin to clean up the damage left behind by Hurricane Sandy, unprecedented challenges lay ahead. Many in our industry have lost everything and we aim to show them that all is not hopeless. With our strong ties and commitment to each other, we are more than an industry of finishing trades experts, we are a family.

We ask that you join our fundraiser on Monday, December 24, 2012 to help those in need. We ask for your support in helping our members and employees rebuild their lives. Tickets to the event are $100 per guest.  If you cannot attend, please make a donation to this worthy cause.

Please make checks payable and mail to:

New York Structural Steel Painting Contractors Association &
District Council 9 Disaster Relief Fund
45 West 14 Street, 3rd Floor
New York, NY 10011

In solidarity,
Joseph Ramaglia, Business Manager / Secretary Treasurer, District Council 9, IUPAT, AFL-CIO
And Kieran Ahern, President, New York Structural Steel Painting Contractors Association

Event Registration Form

Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) Due to Effects of Hurricane Sandy

BM/ST Ramaglia wants all our members to know that your union is here for you. Any member who has suffered damage and loss from the hurricane should contact us and we will do whatever we can to help. There is power, water and shelter at both our Long Island City offices for any members in need. DC 9 FTI Training Center, 45-15 36th Street, Long Island City, NY 11101 PHONE: 718-937-7400 or DC 9 Metal Polishers Location, 36-18 33rd Street, Long Island City, NY 11106 PHONE: 718-361-1770.

Unfortunately our main office on 14th Street is without power right now but as soon as it is restored we will be back. Until then some representative are working out of our Long Island City offices.

G.O.P. Platform Seeks to Weaken Powers of Unions

Workers Stand for America Thank You

BM/ST Ramaglia wants thanks everyone for their help and support in DC 9 sister Elizabeth Crowley’s run for Congress. Although Sister Crowley was not successful, we are all still winners. Sister Crowley ran a clean competitive campaign and once again, in an arena dominated by lawyers, she has proven that a Building Trades member can be taken seriously. 

All the Building & Construction Trades stood behind sister Crowley and she made us proud conveying the issues of all working people in a passionate way. It was great seeing the cooperation between Building & Construction Trades members regardless of trade.  Working side by side, we have proved that we are a force for all working families.

All of us at DC 9 are very proud of sister Crowley and everyone who helped out on her campaign. Your tireless efforts were not in vain and are truly appreciated. Until next time! In true solidarity, thanks again, DC 9 BM/ST Joseph Ramaglia.

Statewide Moment of Silence in honor of
Edward J. Malloy
on all union construction job sites
Friday, May 25 at 11:00 am

Mr. Malloy served as President of the New York State Building & Construction Trades Council from 1992 until February 2012 and President of The NYC Building and Construction Trades Council from 1992 to 2008. Prior to his service in these capacities, Mr. Malloy served as president of the Enterprise Association of Steamfitters Local Union 638, where he began as an apprentice, rose to journeyman and was a longtime member.  He was also a veteran of the U.S. Army.

Ed’s leadership and vision had a profound effect on New York’s construction industry. Above all else, Ed believed in and worked tirelessly for unity and solidarity.  We will join arms in that solidarity not only to mourn the death of this great leader but to celebrate his life.

Friday, May 25th, as we gear up for the Memorial Day weekend, will be a fitting time for all NYS Construction workers to take a few moments to honor a man who did so much to create jobs and defend workers' rights. Ed devoted much of his life to these causes and a brief moment of silence would be a small gesture of gratitude in recognition of his dedication.

To read more about Ed Malloy and see some of the heartfelt tributes made on his behalf visit; www.nybuildingtrades.com and www.nycbuildingtrades.org

District Council No. 9 (DC 9) is pleased to announce the opening of the new Wappingers Training Center, located at 21 Airport Drive, Wappingers Falls, New York. The union has also opened enrollment for their Registered Apprenticeship Program which consists of on-the-job training and related classroom instruction.

DC 9 and its local unions built the Wappingers Falls Training Center to offer education and training programs that will make their members the most knowledgeable and highly accomplished craft workers in New York's construction industry. To strengthen the field, DC 9 is looking to ensure that their signatory employers have the most skilled and productive workers in their trades.

“The opening of this center is great news for New York,” said New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli. “DC 9 workers have literally built this state – and this new institute will ensure that current and future craft workers here in New York will continue to lead the way for the industry. Your great apprenticeship programs, safety and health compliance courses and continuing education make sure the workers of DC 9 have skills at the highest level. The union continues to set a high bar.”

To apply for the program, please visit https://fti.unionlogic.net/DC9. For more information regarding the free application process, please call (845) 473-0564.

Click here to download the press release.

DC 9 is extremely proud to announce that our own Local Union 20 member Elizabeth Crowley is running for US Congress in NY’s 6th Congressional District. Before starting her ambitious career in politics Local Union 20 sister Elizabeth Crowley worked as a DC 9 decorative painter. She is currently a NY City Council Member and as a City Council Member, Local Union 20 sister Elizabeth Crowley, has been a strong advocate for public safety, women’s health, and working families.  Full of pride, we encourage her to continue to work hard and we wish her all the best.

District Council 9 restructuring to better serve its members

NEW YORK, NY (January 18, 2012) To better utilize the talent of the DC 9 organizers and representatives while remaining a dynamic union, DC 9 BM/ST Ramaglia announced restructuring for District Council 9 at the Council Delegate’s Meeting on Tuesday, January 17, 2012.

First, he appointed Anthony Buscema as Special Assistant to the Business Manager.  “Buscema has been a representative for over 20 years and his experience is invaluable, DC 9 BM/ST Ramaglia stated, I look forward to using his experience to help all our members not just those of one Local Union.”

To fill the void left by reassigning Buscema, BM/ST Ramaglia then appointed Ernest Castellana as Business Representative of Local Union 24. Castellana who has been working as a DC 9 organizer is young and energetic. Upon hearing the news, Special Assistant Buscema said, “Castellana has the ability and determination to greatly help the members of Local Union 24, he is a great choice and he has all my support.”

To further serve the District Council 9 members DC 9 BM/ST Ramaglia then appointed Charlie Nieves as Director of Servicing “Nieves who has also been working as a DC 9 organizer has demonstrated a great ability to manage and problem solve on the many special assignments we have given him, DC 9 BM/ST Ramaglia explained, he will be a great asset to me and President Elfeld as well as the members.”

DC 9 BM/ST Ramaglia concluded, “I believe that this restructuring will enable the talented people we have to use their experience to better serve all the members of DC 9 and move our organization forward.”

Congratulations DC 9 Bridge Painters Local 806! On Friday September 30th they ratified a new 5 year agreement.

On Thursday, April 14, 2011 at a Special Meeting to discuss the current negotiations the District Council 9 Executive Board and the District Council Delegates passed the following resolutions unanimously;

BE IT RESOLVED that upon expiration of the current collective bargaining agreement with The Association of Master Painters & Decorators of New York, Inc. AND The Association of Wall, Ceiling, & Carpentry  Industries  of  New  York,  Inc., the membership hereby authorizes the Business Manager/Secretary-Treasurer of Painters and Allied Trades District Council 9, in his sole and complete judgment and discretion, to call a strike against all, or any, employers covered by that agreement should the BM/ST deem such action to be beneficial in support of the Council's bargaining position.

BE IT RESOLVED that in the event of a general strike any member caught working without an authorized District Council 9 work permit will be fined $2,500.00 and suspended from the union for 3 years.


NYC DOT Notice of Examination for Bridge Painters

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No Stamps – No Insurance!

An important announcement to DC 9 members who participate in the PIIAF Health Insurance Plans is currently being mailed to all participants. Below is a copy. Please be advised that effective January 1, 2011 credit towards health coverage eligibility will no longer be given from paystubs. Credit will only be given through stamps and remittance forms.

Click here to download the announcement.

The Voice of the Local Union 8A-28A members was heard and their Votes counted!

On September 21st, 2010 the US District Court finally ruled that on September 16, 2009 the members of Local 8A-28A voted, by a majority vote, NOT to disaffiliate from the International Union of Painters & Allied Trades, and ordered Local Union 8A-28A to comply with the International Constitution.

The day to day affairs of Local Union 8A-28A are now in control of the International Union.  The IUPAT and DC 9 will continue to fight for Local Union 8A-28A members’ rights and will continue to keep them informed. 

If you are an 8A-28A member and have any questions stop by the local union office located at: 36-16 33rd Street, Long Island City, NY 11106.

District Council 9 is now on Facebook!
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After a comprehensive process of interviews and screenings of numerous candidates, District Council 9 has announced our endorsements for statewide offices.

For US Senate, we endorse Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillebrand.
For Governor, we endorse Andrew Cuomo (pictured with Business Manager Ramaglia).
For Comptroller, we endorse Tom DiNapoli.
For Attorney General, we endorse Kathleen Rice.

Every one of the candidates has demonstrated to us their understanding of our issues and their willingness to fight for jobs for union construction workers. Each of these candidates have been there for us in the past and we expect every member of this union to stand up now and help elect our friends.

If you would like more information on the records of these candidates or would like to join in the union’s efforts during the campaigns, please contact Jack Kittle at 212-255-2950 x147 or email him at jackdc9@aol.com.

On Wednesday, June 16th, 2010 a swearing in ceremony was held at the DC 9 Finishing Trades Institute in Long Island City for all the newly elected DC 9 Officers. They had the honor of being sworn in by our IUPAT General President James A. Williams. IUPAT General Vice President William Candelori was also in attendance. All the officers look forward to beginning their new 4-year terms serving the members of District Council 9.

Vote of Confidence - June 11, 2010

Painters Put Another Coat on New York State Comptroller’s Growing List

New York, NY – New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli announced the endorsements of the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades (IUPAT) DC 9 and DC 4.

Speaking at IUPAT DC 9’s training facility in Long Island City, DiNapoli said, “I am proud to have earned this important endorsement. I grew up in a union household and I understand the hopes of working families. IUPAT is committed to building a future for its members, and those members are working hard for all of us. Seeing the apprentices training here gives me confidence that we are on the right track, and I will continue to work as hard as I can to help bring economic security to families all across New York State.”

Joseph Ramaglia, Business Manager and Secretary Treasurer of IUPAT DC 9, said, “Usually our endorsement process is a long debate, but this one was easy. Tom DiNapoli has always been a good friend to New York’s working men and women. With Tom we don’t get politics as usual. Instead, we all get a fighter for economic stability; someone who makes the tough calls now so the future will be better. Tom rises above the dysfunction in Albany and gets results: the recent Pew Pension Fund Report shows that New York State’s pension fund is now the strongest in the nation. Tom DiNapoli is a hard-working guy who doesn’t forget his middle class roots, and we at IUPAT are pleased to endorse him.”

Dan Boody, Business Manager and Secretary Treasurer of IUPAT DC 4, said, “As Comptroller, Tom knows that it’s important to listen to what goes on all over the state, on Main Street as well as on Wall Street, and in Buffalo as well as in Brooklyn. Given his background, Tom understands that we all want to live the American Dream, we all want a healthy economy, and we all want tomorrow to be better than today. We need Tom DiNapoli as Comptroller so he can continue his work reigning in wasteful spending, protecting taxpayers and making sure our pension system stays strong.”

Speaking about his role as the state’s Chief Fiscal Officer, DiNapoli said, “I’ll be straight with New Yorkers about our state’s finances and will make sure public resources are used solely for the public good. Hard working New Yorkers deserve a government that works as hard as they do, and I’ll continue to do just that. It’s your money, and it’s my job to protect it.”

DiNapoli was recently endorsed by the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU), and by the Democratic Party County Chairs of Nassau and Suffolk Counties.

Under DiNapoli’s watch, the Comptroller’s office has uncovered waste, fraud and abuse of taxpayer dollars, while increasing transparency and accountability at every level of government.

He recently completed audits of all 733 school districts and BOCES in the state, identifying waste and excess reserves, amounting to hundreds of millions of dollars in cost savings opportunities to benefit taxpayers.

Since taking office in 2007, Comptroller DiNapoli has completely reformed the Comptroller’s office. He’s restored ethics and trust to the operation of the pension fund, implementing a long list of reforms to end the abuses of the prior administration. DiNapoli has reined in the influence of lobbyists and banned gifts to employees, and has instituted tough new ethics rules to root out fraud and corruption.

Mayor Signs $5.3B PLA's

Mayor Announces PLA with the Building Trades

NOVEMBER 24th -- Mayor Mike Bloomberg today announced the signing of long-awaited Project Labor Agreements (PLA's) worth $5.3 Billion in public projects over the next four years. The signing of the PLA's caps an eight-month negotiation process between the Trades and the City administration. These are the first-ever PLA's for City agencies. The PLA for the School Construction Authority builds on a previous PLA agreement. The announcement was made at the Chelsea Career and Technical Education High School at Spring and Broome Streets in Soho.

Calling the PLA deals "the economic downturn's silver lining," the Mayor said hard economic times have allowed the City to win $300 million in savings from labor unions by exacting concessions in work rules and overtime, including a waiver of Wicks Law provisions. (Hear audio of the Mayor here.) Building and Construction Trades Council President Gary LaBarbera, in response to a question, countered by noting that the PLA's put savings dollars back into the City's capital budget, where they will be used to fund an additional 1,800 unionized construction jobs. (Hear audio of Mr. LaBarbera here.)

The solid turnout of labor leaders at the event -- including top officials of the Mason Tenders, Ironworkers, Painters, Elevator Constructors, and others -- was a clear indication that they support the PLA's and believe their funding guarantees will be instrumental in helping many union members ride out the recession. The PLA's mean different things to different unions, with some -- like Mason Tenders Local 79 -- looking to see significant hiring. Others, like the Elevator Constructors, are expecting just a small boost.

Local 79 Rank and File carried their banner at the press event

Building Trades Employers' Association President Lou Coletti thanked the Mayor for stimulating jobs and said that his contractors would "compete very heavily" for the work, thus insuring greater savings for the City. (Hear audio of Mr. Coletti here.)

Overtime is capped at time-and-a-half for work performed from Monday through Saturday with no restriction on the ability of contractors to schedule overtime to meet deadlines. All trades have agreed to standardization of terms and flexibility of scheduling at job sites, including eight standard holidays, 8-hour day, 40-hour weeks, flexible start times, and coordinated lunch periods. Strikes are prohibited even if broader work stoppages exist outside the work sites.

The Mayor's office said the PLA's will fund 32,000 construction jobs over the four year life of the agreements. He was joined by Reverend Jacques A. DeGraff of the Minority Business Leadership Council, who noted that the PLA's have specific provisions to increase the numbers of minorities and women who can be placed on construction jobs. For contracts and subcontracts of less than $1 million, managed by non-union Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprises, the contractor will be allowed to fill as many as half of the first eight jobs on a project with their own workforce. The PLA's commit unions to the goal of hiring 45% of apprentices from the ranks of minorities, women, returning veterans, and new high school graduates of theCity's public schools.

Here is a breakdown of the four Project Labor Agreements which were finalized today:

The first covers $942 million in projects for the general renovation and rehabilitation of existing City-owned buildings and

Local 79 Business Manager John Delgado speaks to
the Mayor after the press event, as his members stand in
the background.

The second and third, worth $1.9 billion, covers eleven large-scale, new construction projects, including a new Police Academy, a new branch library in Far Rockaway, and the City's new 911 dispatching center.

The fourth PLA, between the School Construction Authority (SCA) and the Building and Trades Construction Council, funds $2.5 billion or renovation and rehabilitation of schools.

The Mayor made it clear that other PLA's are in the works. including one which would cover an additional $509 million of work at wastewater treatment plants, housing properties owned by the City and at other sites.

The Finishing Trades Institute of New York has recently been accepted into the award-winning AIA Continuing Education Systems as one of their newest Registered Providers, network of providers who offer quality continuing education to AIA architect members, and other design professionals worldwide.


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