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RI DLT announces further enforcement Posted by on

The Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training (DLT) has come down hard on a cheating contractor for the second time this month, ordering Mancieri Flooring Company to pay more than $330,000 in back wages, interest and civil penalties for payroll and miscassification violations. The company has also been debarred from public work in the state for three years.

Attording to a DLT press release, Mancieri was found to have failed to pay prevailing wages for work it performed at the University of Rhode Island from 2012-2014; failed to pay overtime rates; falsely reported payments to workers on cerrified payroll records; misclassified 17 workers as independent contractors and giving workers false 1099 forms to the state to hide its behavior. Mancieri's had previously been discovered filing false payroll records on a federal prevailing wage project and continued their practices.

The company will pay $70,000 to workers, a $210,000 civil penalty and $51,000 for misclassification. The civil penalty is three time the owed wages and the misclassification penalty is $3,000 for each employee misclassified.

Just weeks ago, the DLT ordered Cardoso Construction to pay more than $700,000 for similar violations affecting 27 workers employed for work at the University of Rhode Island.





Third year apprentices lead the way Posted by on

Mark Erlich, NERCC Executive Secretary-Treasurer, spoke to a group of apprentices attending the Third-Year Apprentice Program at the International Training Center (ITC) in Las Vegas.

The UBC developed this leadership training program to give third year apprentices a greater understanding of the Brotherhood and the construction industry, and of the role union members play in the success of both. Participants learn how professionalism, productivity, skill, and attitude contribute to their own success as well as that of their employers.

One hundred and eighteen NERCC members have participated in this training program to date.

The following members participated in this skills development program earlier this month: Matthieu Chandler, Local 33; Jeannot Dube, Local 111; Elvis Elezi, Local 24; Chris Evans, Local 107; Jonathan Falcucci, Local 26; Nathan Fontaine, Local 56; Christopher Garabedian, Local 33; Andre Gatlin, Local 94; Daniel Harpool, Local 94; Rashon Holloway, Local 94; Cameron Howell, Local 624; Kelly Johnson, Local 210; Peter Kopchik, Local 210; Dakota Lannan, Local 67; William Lavallee, Local 43; Roman Malkinski, Local 67; Marlon Martinez, Local 40; Jonathan Miller, Local 535; Hermenegildo Modesto, Local 1305; Christopher Nocella, Local 218; Neal-Dra Osgood, Local 40; Nickolas Rasetta, Local 535; Tyeka Robinson, Local 108; Nicholas Schulz, Local 56; Kenneth Schuurman, Local 26; Zachary Sharby, Local 275; Daniel Sharpe, Local 2168; Solomon Smith, Local 108; Shawn Spellman, Local 218; Patrick Varone, Local 33; Samantha Webster, Local 33; W. White, Local 40; Moneisha Williams, Local 40; and Michael Wonoski, Local 33.



TAGS: NECTF, Training



Carpenters cheer Hillary's opposition to TPP Posted by on

The United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America (UBC) is proud to stand with Secretary Clinton in opposition to the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) and the damage it would do to the average American worker. We agree that there are too many unanswered questions about this free trade deal.

“It is encouraging to have Secretary Clinton join the majority of Americans and a growing number of groups and leaders who see the flaws in this bad trade deal and the harm that it would cause,” said Douglas J. McCarron, General President of the UBC. “Our members want a fair chance to compete and provide a good standard of living for their families but the TPP undermines that effort.”

The UBC supports fair trade but not agreements such as the TPP that are negotiated in secret, with the undue influence of multi-national conglomerations, that give away rights of US citizens, that have no protections for American workers, and which would send hundreds of thousands more jobs overseas and be another blow to the middle-class.

Like Clinton, we cannot support any agreement that has no protections for workers or against currency manipulation. We applaud Hillary Rodham Clinton for taking a stand for US workers and against the TPP.




Retirement Seminar scheduled for November 21st Posted by on

The New England Regional Council of Carpenters and the New England Carpenters Benefits Funds are hosting a complimentary seminar "Planning for Retirement" on Saturday, November 21, 2015. The seminar will be held at the Wyndham Boston Andover Hotel located at 123 Old River Road, Andover, MA, from 8:30-12:00 pm.

Seating is limited, so register early! Members can register online at CarpentersFund.org or by contacting the Seminar Registration Line at 978-253-5100 - Option 2.

Breakfast will be available at 8:00 AM.

Some of the topics that will be discussed at the seminar include:

Choosing your Pension, Annuity and Health Benefit Options

  • Reviewing your eligibility for retirement
  • Customized Pension Benefit calculations
  • Understanding which of our Benefit Plan options fit best with your lifestyle
  • Explore your Annuity Benefit options
  • Explanation of our Retiree Health Benefit Plan
  • Overview of Social Security Benefits

Essentials for Estate Planning

  • Protecting the assets you've accumulated
  • How to plan for the transfer of assets
  • Avoiding probate
  • Keeping your documents current



Retirement Seminar scheduled for November 21st Posted by on

The New England Regional Council of Carpenters and the New England Carpenters Benefits Funds are hosting a complimentary seminar "Planning for Retirement" on Saturday, November 21, 2015. The seminar will be held at the Wyndham Boston Andover Hotel located at 123 Old River Road, Andover, MA, from 8:30-12:00 pm.

Seating is limited, so register early! Members can register online at CarpentersFund.org or by contacting the Seminar Registration Line at 978-253-5100 - Option 2.

Breakfast will be available at 8:00 AM.

Some of the topics that will be discussed at the seminar include:

Choosing your Pension, Annuity and Health Benefit Options

  • Reviewing your eligibility for retirement
  • Customized Pension Benefit calculations
  • Understanding which of our Benefit Plan options fit best with your lifestyle
  • Explore your Annuity Benefit options
  • Explanation of our Retiree Health Benefit Plan
  • Overview of Social Security Benefits

Essentials for Estate Planning

  • Protecting the assets you've accumulated
  • How to plan for the transfer of assets
  • Avoiding probate
  • Keeping your documents current


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