Giving Back to our Union & Communities.
Giving Back to our Union & Communities.
The New York City District Council Retiree's Carpenter Guild hopes your family stays heathy during these very challenging times. The RCG's Monthly Meetings have been postponed until further notice. Please check back here for updates. Supporting each other, we will come out even stronger and united in the future.
All NYC Retired Carpenters are invited to join in our monthly "Zoom" meetings.
When: Every second Wednesday at 2:30.
Register in advance for this meeting:
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
In an effort to continue assisting NYCDCC members and retirees through the financial and physical strain caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Board of Trustees has approved the following temporary changes to Welfare Fund eligibility and retiree premiums. These changes will be effective for the third quarter of the year (beginning July 1, 2020 for Welfare Fund eligibility and August 1, 2020 for retiree premium waivers).
*Please note that this credit is for welfare eligibility purposes only. No credit shall be given towards pension, annuity or vacation.
If you have any questions regarding these changes, you can contact Member Services at (800) 529-FUND (3863).
We are all facing difficult times as the novel coronavirus, and the COVID-19 disease it causes, impacts our economy and, for many, their health. We feel the reverberations as limits are placed on our social and working lives. We have seen large regions tell their citizens to shelter in place and other areas shut down construction projects. Even as we face this adversity, it is important to remember that we will get through this together, as we always have.
The primary concern of the UBC is the health and economic security of our members and their families. We have taken steps to limit the spread of the virus by postponing programs and conferences at the International Training Center. I know all of our areas are having to take action and make arrangements for this current reality. UBC affiliates are communicating with local governments and employers about mitigating the threat COVID-19 is to the health and livelihood of our members.
At the International, the UBC has been in conversations with leaders in Washington, D.C. and Ottawa, Ont. I appreciate the work that Congress and the President did to provide assistance to wage earners in the U.S. who are being hit hard by the economic fallout from this outbreak, including those in the construction industry. Below we have some information and resources that I hope will be useful to you, including information on the federal relief bill.
It is a very fluid situation with developments seemingly every day that change the situation. I pray that you all stay safe, and that you and your family stay healthy, and that through our unity we come out even stronger as a union when this is done.
Douglas J. McCarron
UBC General President
How to keep healthy:
Wash your hands frequently with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds, especially before eating, after using the bathroom, and after coughing or sneezing. If you don’t have access to soap and water, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
Avoid touching your face, especially your eyes, nose, and mouth.
If you cough or sneeze, cover your mouth with a tissue or the crook of your elbow.
Disinfect frequently touched surfaces in your home and at work.
Practice social distancing.
What to do if you’re not feeling well:
If you are feeling sick or having any of the symptoms of COVID-19, stay home.
If you begin feeling ill at work, talk to your supervisor immediately and ask to go home.
If your symptoms are mild, call your primary care physician before going in for an appointment to avoid infecting others.
If you are experiencing difficulty breathing, seek medical attention immediately.
How to help the community:
We’re all in this together, and it’s important that we act with compassion toward one another. Remain calm and help others while taking the suggested precautions. We can all work to keep the most vulnerable members of our communities safe.
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
Public Health Agency of Canada – https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/coronavirus-disease-covid-19.html
World Health Organization – https://www.who.int/health-topics/coronavirus
Resources on how to cope with COVID-19 related anxiety – https://www.verywellmind.com/managing-coronavirus-anxiety-4798909
Message from EST, Joe Geiger
If you are a retired member who is covered by United Healthcare, you may be entitled to an $80.00 Quarterly benefit for over the counter items supplementing products. This benefit is a great resource to purchase supplies such as vitamins, health products and most over the counter items one may need. Go to Firstlinemedical.com - call 800 933 2914 or call your United Healthcare representative about how to sign up. It doesn't cost you anything out of pocket and is very valuable to those living on a fixed income.
The Guild would like to thank everyone who attended our monthly meetings during 2019. We look forward to getting back together when the Corona Virus Pandemic is over. Please check back here for any updates on upcoming "in person" meeting announcements. Moving forward, please join us at our monthly "Zoom" meetings being held on the second Wednesdays at 2:30 pm. https://us04web.zoom.us/meeting/register/upwodemsqTgpGdb9n6U2G2PBzb5kCxI3jv2L Please join us at our future monthly meetings and bring your concerns. Together we can make our Union better for all retirees & active Carpenters.
The New York City District Council Retiree’s Guild was chartered in September, 2015. The Guild represents nine local unions in the five boroughs of New York City. The Retiree’s Carpenters Guild (RCG) invites all eligible retirees to join the Guild and enjoy the various events throughout the year.
The object of the Club is to promote the common interests of retirees from the United Brotherhood of Carpenters of America by initiating and implementing educational, community, and social activities of interests to its membership.
President – Bill Walsh
Vice President – John Diaz
Recording Secretary – Marc Rodriguez
Secretary/ Treasurer – Walter Clayton
Trustee – Robert Ramirez
Warden - Mark Tessar
The Guild exists to foster and maintain ties among us, keep informed of policies affecting our well-being, provide a communication channel with the New York City District Council, and offer interesting social and recreational activities. Over numerous years of service, our members have learned what makes this Union great, shared their knowledge and experience so apprentices could learn the proud trade of Union Carpentry.
Generations of Carpenters passing on tradition constructing New York City’s buildings and infrastructure. We will always be grateful to those who served before us and look forward
to passing on our tradition.
There are so many ways to support our mission. Contact us to find out more about volunteer opportunities, fundraising events, and ways to get our message to your friends and family.