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Let's be heard! A Mobilized Membership Is An Irresistible Force. This forum is dedicated to empowering and mobilizing the membership into an irresistible force through the free and open exchange of information, ideas and opinions in the belief that as Union members you have the right to information, to hear, and to be heard! A Mobilized Membership Is An Irresistible Force



Judge Berman OPINION & ORDER

After considering all of the relevant evidence and the arguments advanced by Nee, Messinetti,and the RO,the Court concluded that RO Walsh's decision to remove Nee and Messinetti from their positions as delegates and officers of the Local 157 was not "arbitrary or capricious," did not exceed the authority granted to him under the 2010 Stipulation and Order, and was supported by substantial evidence.


9/11, 13 years on: The Day We Will Never Forget

America on 9/11: firemen at the World Trade Center; the second tower under attack
The 13th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the United States will be commemorated today throughout the region, to mark the date this year and honor the victims.

The September 11, attacks occurred when 19 al-Qaeda Muslim fanatics hijacked four passenger airplanes, crashing two of the jets into the North and South towers of the World Trade Center in New York City and crashing a third airplane into the Pentagon in Virginia.

A fourth hijacked jet crashed into a field in Pennsylvania after the passengers tried to take control of the plane from the hijackers.

2,977 people were killed.

Where were you that day? Only a few events in recent history command an immediate answer: the assassination of John F Kennedy; the death of Diana, Princess of Wales; Neil Armstrong’s first step on the Moon – perhaps. Everyone, though, remembers September 11, 2001: 9/11 is the number for emergencies in America.

No happening is as well documented as the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon – the internet has seen to that. But the real record lives in people’s heads: the moment of discovery, the disbelief, the dawning horror.

The attacks were an object lesson in economy of force, the destructive power that can be generated by a small group of Muslim fanatics exploiting the weaknesses of an infinitely more powerful opponent. They are also impossible to forget, a series of outrageous images stamped on the mind.

Mingled with those horrific images are memories of the mundane, normally disposable details made indelible: the afternoon in the office suddenly interrupted, the call from a friend or relative asking one to turn on the television, the sudden rousing from sleep.

The New York City District Council of Carpenters lost eighteen of our union brothers who were working at the World Trade Center at the time of the terrorist attack. Local157.blogspot continues to remember and honor the memory of our fallen brothers and all those who lost their lives.

This video is, Dedicated to the men, women and children who lost their lives; all those who sacrificed their lives; And to all the Heroes that responded to the emergency Tuesday, September 11, 2001.


SEAN CANAVAN, 39 Brooklyn NY Initiated 1981. Finish/Furniture. Local 608. Father and brother are also UBC members. Survivors include his many beloved nieces and nephews.

MARTIN COUGHLAN, 53 Bayside NY Initiated 1987. Interior Systems. Local 608. Immigrated with family from Ireland in 1987.Wife Catherine; Orla (27),Ailish (24), Sinead (21), Denise (19).

MATTHEW DIAZ, 33 Brooklyn NY Initiated 1998. Floorlayer. Local 2287. Reached safety but returned to help others.Wife Karen; Michael (7), Christopher (3).

PAUL GILL, 34 Astoria NY Initiated 1986. Carpenter. Local 608. Fulltime NYC firefighter lost in the line of duty. Wife Tina; Aaron (14).

MAURICIO GONZALEZ, 27 NYC, NY Initiated 1995. Carpenter. Local 608. Held dozens of skill and safety certifications. Wife Evan; Nina (1).

MAURICE KELLY, 41 Bronx NY Initiated 1980. Interior Systems. Local 157.Acoustical ceilings specialist. Children Danielle (17), Sean (10), Thomas (7).

CHRIS KIRBY, 21 Bronx NY Initiated 1997. Carpenter. Local 608. A third-year apprentice and sports lover.

BENJAMIN MILLMAN, 40 Staten Island NY Initiated 1999. Carpenter. Local 608. Wife Toby; Brandon (14), Maghan (7).

JOSEPH MISTRULLI, 47 Wantagh NY Initiated 1982 Interior Systems. Local 157. Foreman and holder of numerous certifications. Wife Philomena; Joseph (22), Mary (21),Angela (16).

BRIAN MONAGHAN, 21 New York NY Initiated 2001.Apprentice. Local 157. Reached safety but returned to help others

DAVID ORTIZ, 37 Bronx NY Initiated 1998. Carpenter. Local 608. Employed by the Port Authority (NYC transit agency).

, 48 N. Arlington NJ Initiated 1973. Carpenter. Local 157. Immigrated from Poland in 1962. Wife Rosemary; Brian (23), Laura (21), Steven (18).

JOHN RIZZO, 50 Brooklyn NY Initiated 1979. Carpenter. Local 608. Wife Concetta; Giuseppe (20), Luigi (10)

DANIEL ROSETTI, 32 Bloomfield NJ Initiated 2001. Journeyman Carpenter. Local 15 (NJ). Was thrilled to “work above the clouds, close to heaven.” Fiancee Christine Bennett; son Justin (14 mos.)

DAVID RUDDLE, 31 Bronx NY Initiated 1996. Interior Systems. Local 157.The youngest of eight children. Daughter Amanda (11).

STEPHEN RUSSELL, 40 Arverne NY Initiated 1987. Carpenter. Local 45. Fulltime NYC firefighter lost in the line of duty.

, 41 Brooklyn NY Initiated 1987. Journeyman Floorlayer. Local 2287. Children Kathleen and Raymond.

, 36 Staten Island NY Initiated 1996. Furniture Systems. Local 608. Beach goer, dog lover, strong union man. Survived by both parents and two younger brothers.

Brief Of Patrick Nee And Levy Messenetti In Response To Courts Request For Submissions

We write in response to the Court's Order dated July 25, 2014, issued following the Second Circuit's Summary Order dated July 23,2014 in this matter. The Circuit vacated the Court's decision of October 23, 2012 upholding the Review Officer's veto of Patrick Nee and Levy Messinetti as officers and delegates of Local 157 and remanded the matter for further proceedings.


Who is the Bloom Law Firm and Why Is Lisa Bloom Suing Douglas McCarron and His Cronies For $50 Million Dollars

General President Douglas J. McCarron
By Silence Dogood

Despite erroneous misinformation being spread that Mike McCarron has taken a dive and made a deal with UBC General President Doug McCarron. Despite erroneous misinformation being spread by Doug McCarron that he has over $600 million of rank and file members money to persecute Mike McCarron while Mike has nothing. Despite erroneous misinformation being spread that Douglas McCarron has silenced little brother Mike McCarron, it appears these are blatant lies.

It appears Mike Mccarron is far from done fighting and has made no deals. It appears we will see if Doug McCarron and his cronies will be allowed to abuse any more of rank and file members money to continue this persecution of Mike McCarron .

We will see if rank and file members money will be abused in defense of the counter lawsuit for 10 causes of action at $50 million each filed by Mike McCarrons new lawyer Lisa Bloom of the prestigious Bloom Law Firm of NYC.

The Bloom law firms Lisa Bloom, is known as a prominent attorney, author and legal analyst. She has appeared as a legal expert on networks such as CBS and CNN. Attorney Bloom is The Today Show’s legal analyst and appears frequently on NBC Nightly News, Morning Joe and The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell. She is also now the attorney on record for Mike McCarron in his attempt to defend himself against the persecution from Douglas McCarron and his cronies as individuals and as United Brotherhood of Carpenters Officers.

These same UBC Officials have a long well documented history of persecuting members who do not agree with their corporate Unionism policy’s and their abuse of the powers of their offices. A long well documented history of violations of Federal and State laws such as the NLRA, The LMRDA, ERISA and a laundry list of other violations for which they have spent millions in members money and time to defend.

Their NYC District Council is so corrupt the Feds have had to run it for 25 years and it gives no indication of changing anytime soon. Federal Prisoner Mike Forde former EST of the NYC Council once wrote in a fax “The Things you have to do for this organization” with a smiley face. That was in a reply to District VP Frank Spencer's inquiry as to whether Mike Forde and his wife would be joining Frank Spencer for a Union meeting in Hawaii at $10,000 per couple in First Class airfare in January of 2008.

This is a perfect example of the long and well documented history of enriching themselves at the Union trough or as some in the legal profession might call “Unclean Hands”.

Enriching themselves as they cut health and welfare benefits of the membership and retirees. Enriching themselves as they cut Pension benefits for retirees. Enriching themselves as they conspire with the NCCMP to get the federal Government to rewrite ERISA law to allow them to steal from retirees to continue to pay for their First Class Airfare to Hawaii and rape of the funds for personnel gain.

On August 18, 2014 the Bloom law firm on behalf of Mike McCarron filed a counter suit against Douglas McCarron, Mike Draper, Andy Silins, Doug Banes, Phil Newkirk, Justin Weidner, Dan McDonald and John Does 1-50 as individuals and as officers and agents of the UBC.

Dan McDonald can be heard on a 30 minute audio tape of harassing and intimidating a witness. McDonald is 4’11’ yet the tape is filled with bandy rooster bravado that it is as absurd as it is comical. The tape is also so filed with vulgarity’s that it exposes McDonald's ignorance and poor character.

Also named were ULLICO and the SWRCC. Ten causes of action were listed including Rico violations. LMRDA violations. Slander. Defamation, Violation of Free Speech. Violation of Due Process as well as Conspiracy just to name a few.

Many of the causes of action should be examined by the MANY other victims of the McCarron regime persecuted in the same manner as Mike McCarron for possible further lawsuits. The Bloom Law firm is seeking $50 million Dollars for each count for each defendant.

Despite carrying the stigma of the McCarron name, Mike McCarron has joined the MANY other victims of persecution by Doug McCarron and his UBC cronies.

He too is now, as Doug McCarron in the LA Times article labeled all UBC members who disagree with his agenda or policies, a “Deranged Loner and Communist”.

Mike McCarron has had to sit and endure the ignorant rant and tirades that is a trademark of 5 ft tall and 5 ft wide Mike Draper. He has been a victim of the UBC scripted Phil Newkirk reports used as the excuse to steal his Council and railroad him as has been done so many times before with so many victims.

Despite the intentional lies and misinformation by potential John Does 1-50,  Mike McCarron has made no deal. He has not laid down and shut up because big bad Dougy McCarron said so.

What he HAS done is stood up and fought back. What he IS doing is trying to expose and hopefully bring a delusional tyrant to justice.

It is TIME for Doug McCarron and his cronies as individuals to be held accountable for using the funds and the offices of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters to wage vendetta campaigns against members and all others who refuse to be victims of their agendas.


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