Local 79 Election Results Are In: Big Win for The Clean Slate!

Local 79 Election Results Are In: Big Win for The Clean Slate!

Ballots for the Local 79 elections were tallied on June 24, 2015. In a big victory, all ten members of The Clean Slate were elected. Mike Prohaska was re-elected to the position of Local 79’s Business Manager and former Executive Board auditor George Zecca was elected as Local 79’s new Secretary-Treasurer. Local 79 President Kenny Brancaccio, Vice President John Norbury, Recording Secretary Joe Cestaro, Executive Board Member Anthony Vita, Auditor Anthony Willamson, and Auditor Luis Montalvo were all re-elected to their positions. Jose Andino, the former Sargent-at Arms, was elected to be a …

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Local 79 Members Help Win 421-a Battle

Local 79 Members Help Win 421-a Battle

A huge thank you to all of the members of Local 79 who engaged in the all-out battle that was waged to reform 421-a, the program that offers huge tax breaks to developers who build residential housing in New York City. Members made their voices heard by going to City Council hearings and going on buses up to Albany to lobby, taking on both New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and the powerful real estate lobby. The message to elected officials was loud and clear: public subsidies …

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Local 79 is Requesting Member Feedback on Accidental Life Insurance Policy Company

Local 79 is Requesting Member Feedback on Accidental Life Insurance Policy Company

If you are an active or retired member of Local 79, you are automatically eligible to receive a $4,000 Accidental Death and Dismemberment benefit provided by the National Income Life Insurance Company (NILIC). You do not need to fill out anything to be eligible to receive this benefit. The benefit is provided free of charge with absolutely no strings attached. However, if you fill out and send back the blue card that NILIC periodically sends out, a representative of the company will call on you to deliver the certificate, witness your beneficiary designation, and …

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Local 79 Apprentices Lobby in Albany

Local 79 Apprentices Lobby in Albany

A busload of Local 79 apprentices went to Albany on June 10 to lobby legislators regarding 421-a, the program that provides tax abatement to developers who build residential housing in New York City. Their presence there was part of the UP4NYC campaign, a campaign that has been going on for weeks to make sure any extension of 421-a carries with it new responsibilities for the developers who are getting the tax breaks. The apprentices met with a number of legislators and spoke about the critical …

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Join the Annual Labor Day Parade on September 12!

Join the Annual Labor Day Parade on September 12!

Join fellow Local 79 brothers and sisters and thousands of other union members on Saturday, September 12th for the annual Labor Day Parade. Members will gather at 46th Street between 5th and 6th Avenue at 11:00 am and then march at 12:30 pm. Food and t-shirts will be provided.  

Labor Day 2015 Flyer

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Walk for St. Mary’s Kids/Coney Island Family Fun Day on September 19th

Walk for St. Mary’s Kids/Coney Island Family Fun Day on September 19th

On Saturday, September 19, Local 79 is sponsoring a Walk For St. Mary’s Kids/Coney Island Family Fun Day. The day begins at 10:00 am at West 19th Street and the Boardwalk on Coney Island and includes a walk, food, t-shirts, health screenings, soccer, and admission to Luna Park. All attendees are required to purchase wrist bands, which will be available in advance for $20 each at the Local 79 Hall and the September General Membership Meeting. Wrist bands will also be available on the day of the event …

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Join the African American Day Parade on September 20!

Join the African American Day Parade on September 20!

Local 79 members are encouraged to join this year’s African American Day Parade on Sunday, September 20, 2015 at 1:00 pm. The parade is the largest such parade in the United States and Local 79 is proud to always be well-represented at this event. We will gather at 11:30 am on 113th Street between Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Boulevard and St. Nicholas Avenue in Harlem. The parade starts at 1:00 pm and will be followed by food and beverages for Local 79 members.

African American Day Parade Flyer

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Local 79 Joins Rally to Tell Albany to Fix 421-a

Local 79 Joins Rally to Tell Albany to Fix 421-a

On June 2, over 100 Local 79 members rode buses to Albany for a rally outside the state capitol to tell legislators to fix 421-a, the law that allows huge tax breaks for rich developers. They were joined by hundreds of building trades workers, all of whom were demanding that a fix to 421-a must include provisions that provide affordable housing and good paying jobs. Assembly Chair Keith Wright, a resident of Harlem, delivered an inspirational speech to the crowd, strongly urging them to get involved and make …

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Local 79 Members: Help Stop the Giveaway to Rich Developers!

Local 79 Members: Help Stop the Giveaway to Rich Developers!

Local 79 is one of several unions that recently publicly supported an organization called UP4NYC. UP4NYC is an organization that advocates for Albany to repair the broken 421-A tax abatement program. Please click here to read the latest article about the UP4NYC campaign and see a video about the issue.

For decades, the 421-A tax abatement program has offered large tax breaks to developers to provide an incentive for residential development in New York City, asking for little or nothing in return.  UP4NYC is seeking to modify the program so that developers …

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