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Friday, February 15, 2013
The Carpenters’ District Council of Greater St. Louis and Vicinity (CDC) represents more than 24,000 Union Carpenters and Public Employees in the states of Missouri, Kansas, and Southern Illinois. The Carpenters currently have the largest public sector bargaining groups representing the Department of Parks, Recreation and Forestry, the Building Division, the Department of Corrections, the Department of Health and Hospitals, Airfield Maintenance and citywide bargaining units of all Carpenters and Painters.
Some of the classifications included in these bargaining units are: Painters, Carpenters, Carpenter Lead, Painter Lead, Cementer, Building Inspector I & II, Building Inspector Supervisor I, Correctional Officer I & II, Custodians, Registered Nurse II, Program Specialists, Airfield Maintenance Workers, Lead Airfield Maintenance Workers, Gardener, Heavy Equipment Operator I, Inventory Control Technician II, Laborer, Park keeper, Trades Helper, Utility Worker, Recreation Leader, Public Nuisance Inspector, Tree Trimmer, Urban Forrester, Epidemiologists, Public Health Educator, Public Health Nurse I & II, Payroll Specialist I & II, Public Health Program Representative, Community Health Aide, Public Health Intake, Counseling and Testing Coordinator, Public Health Counselor, Outreach Worker, Laboratory Assistant, Documentation Specialist I & II, Health Education Planner, Environmental Health Officer, Environmental Court Liaison, Receptionist, Air Pollution Inspector I & II, Air Pollution Specialist I & II, Data Entry Operator, Medical Technologist, Client Service Coordinator, Food Establishment Inspector, Account Clerk II, License Practical Nurse, X-Ray Technician, Laboratory Aide, Animal Control Officer I & II, Kennel Worker, Community Program Aides, Pest Control Worker, Utility Worker, Truck Operator, Towing Services Foreman, and Clerical Supervisor.
The Members of the Carpenters’ District Council voted to endorse Lewis Reed for Mayor at the recent Council Delegate meeting. Executive Secretary-Treasurer Terry Nelson said, ”The Carpenters’ Union has always been proud of our affiliation with the City of St. Louis, both as an organization located within its boundaries and a Union representing employees who work there.” Nelson said. “Unfortunately, the time has come to address the serious lack of leadership at City Hall. St. Louis can and will be a great city again, but only if there is leadership that can change the political structure currently in place and guide the citizens towards a new revitalized community. The Carpenters’ Union believes Lewis Reed is the leader capable of making that happen!”
The City’s decision to require employees to sign the Benefits Acknowledgement Form is very disturbing. “This form forces employees who are seeking employment to waive their right to benefits that they earn throughout their tenure. Forcing people who are seeking employment to sign this form under duress, takes advantage of the unemployed when they are at their most vulnerable time," said JoAnn Williams, Representative of the Carpenters’ Union.
The Carpenters’ Union is one of the largest Unions representing City Workers and the largest Construction Union in the State of Missouri.
Photo Courtesy: Erica M. Brooks, Photojournalist