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February 2020:

Important Supreme Court Decision:   The   United   States   Supreme   Court,   in   Espinoza   v.   Montana   Department   of   Revenue,   is   reviewing   the   constitutionality   of   a   19th   century   Blaine Amendment.   This   Amendment   would   prohibit   public   funds   aiding   students   attending   religious   schools-particularly   Catholic   schools.   This proposed   law   was   first   promoted   by   President   Ulysses   S,   Grant.   This   bill   passed   the   House   but   was   defeated   in   the   Senate.   President Rutherford   B.   Hayes   also   promoted   the   bill   but   efforts   failed   as   a   constitutional   law.   The   law   did   go   on   to   be   passed   by   38   individual   states, with   New   York   State   being   one   of   them.   Hopefully,   a   Supreme   Court   decision   will   help   erase   this   law   which   is   geared   against   Catholic Education. Bishop   Loughlin   High   School   Holocaust   Class   Listens   to   a   Special   Presentation   about   Survival.      Amy   Goldberg,   the   wife   of   an   Auschwitz survivor,   and   Lindsay   Bressman,   the   director   of   Civic   Spirit,   visited   Mr.   Mason's   Senior   Holocaust   Class   on   January   10th   to   share   stories   and answer student questions. NY1 came to the school to film the event. At   the   Child   School   Legacy   High   School    students   have   shown   great   success,   comparing   the   64%   graduation   rate   of   New   York   City   students graduate   at   the   school   at   a   rate   of   94%.   Moreover,   84%   graduate   with   a   Regents   or   RCT   diploma,   a   notable   sign   of   success   given   the   climate of   special   education   in   New   York's   public   school   system   where   only   12%   of   special   education   students   are   receiving   academic   diplomas.   Job well done! Archbishop Molloy HS recognized by Newsweek:   Newsweek   has   announced   its   ranking   of   the   top   5,000   STEM   high   schools   for   2019,   honoring   excellence   in   science,   technology,   engineering, and   mathematics.   Archbishop   Molloy   High   School   placed   in   the   top   8%   of   an   original   pool   of   over   30,000   high   schools   that   were   analyzed over a three-year period. Cooking with VP Jerry Franza: Italian Meatballs :   Ingredients: 2 lbs of chicken breasts flour salt & pepper to taste 1 Tbsp olive oil 3 Tbsp butter fresh or canned mushrooms 2 cloves garlic 2/3 can chicken broth 2/3 cup marsala wine 2 Tbsp parsley 2/3 cup heavy cream                                       Steps: 1 . Flour chicken with salt and pepper, heat oil, and fry chicken till golden brown 2 . Then add all other ingredients together with the chicken. Questions or comments: Contact Jerry at www.chipfranza@aol.com The President’s February 2020 Message…………. Dear LFA Brothers and Sisters,   Retirees who have taken the Mason Tenders’ medical into retirement and those contemplating retiring with the medical…..   It   is   with   much   tribulation   that   I   have   to   present   to   you   the   new   rates   for   our   Medical   Coverage.   Dan   DiPleco,   our   Secretary-Treasurer,   and   I have   met   with   the   MTDC   Board   of   Directors   concerning   the   new   rate   increases.      Please   understand   that   we   have   made   every   effort   to   make the MTDC Board aware of how devastatingly unfair these increases are. The   new   Director,   Ms.   Anna   Gutsin,   did   accommodate   a   slight   change   in   the   increase   schedule;   however,   the   rates   are   still   extremely extraordinarily   high   considering   what   we   have   paid   in   the   past.   You   will   soon   receive   a   direct   notification   of   the   changes   from   the   Mason Tenders’ District Council Trust Fund. The changes will be:   Effective   July   1,   2020   for   pensioners   over   the   age   65   with   dependents   and   for   pensioners   under   age   65   (both   with   and   without   dependents) the cost is $600.00 per month. For pensioners over the age of 65 with no dependents enrolled the cost is $300 per month.   Effective   January   1,   2021   for   pensioners   under   age   65   (both   with   and   without   dependents)   the   monthly   cost   will   be   at   least   $1,200.00.   You will   be   advised   in   January,   2021   of   the   actual   cost.   For   pensioners   65   or   over   with   enrolled   dependents   the   cost   will   be   $1,200,00   per   month and at $600.00 per month for pensioners over 65 years with no enrolled dependents.   Effective   July   1,   2021   In   addition   to   the   above   changes,   the   MTDC   Board   decided   that   the   required   contributions   will   be   further   increased based on the benefit costs at that time. Those rates will be calculated and communicated prior to July 2021.   Please   contact   the   Welfare   Fund   directly   for   official   information   at:   1.212.452.9700.      The   Welfare   Fund   is   responsible   to   answer   your questions and to hear your complaints.  Your President and Business Manager, Ciro Quattrocchi

January 2020:

A sensitive approach to your work with students can save you from many problems:   By phrasing questions and criticism carefully, you can generally avoid defensive or hostile responses. If   you   are   supportive,   encouraging,   and   respectful   of   student   ideas   in   class,   you   can   correct   wrong   answers   or   point   out   weaknesses without discouraging your students. Always show students the courtesy of listening to and responding to their answers when they offer an idea. Rather   than   dismissing   a   weak   or   inaccurate   idea   immediately,   ask   the   student   to   clarify   it   using   class   material.   Often,   students   can talk their way into a more thoughtful response. You will also want to be careful about teasing or sarcastic humor, since these are all too often easily misinterpreted. Source: Stanford University Attention   Retirees:    In   2020,   there   are   retirement   changes   coming   due   to   the   SECURE   Act.   One   of   the   changes   permits   some   to   wait   until after the age of 72 to begin collecting retirement funds. Research the Secure Act for additional information.  The   Bishop   Loughlin   Band   is   one   of   the   winners   of   the   News   12   Sounds   of   the   Season   Contest.       News   12   came   to   the   school   on Monday, 12/17 to film the performers. The performance aired during Christmas week. On Sunday, October 20th, Archbishop Molloy welcomed over 3,500 visitors to its fall Open House:   The   day   featured   spirited   presentations   by   all   academic   departments,   athletic   teams,   and   extracurricular   activities.   Students   and   teachers, as well as many parent and alumni volunteers represented Molloy and shared everything they love about the Stanner experience! C ooking with VP Jerry Franza: Salmon:   Ingredients: salmon 2 scallions 3 tsp oil 1 tsp ginger salt & pepper to taste 2 tsp lemon 2 tsp soy sauce 3 cloves garlic                Steps: 1 . Cover the salmon with the ingredients and cook with the skin side up. 2 . Cook for 4 minutes then turn and cook the other side for 3-4 minutes 3 . Serve with lemon and vegetables. Questions or comments: Contact Jerry at www.chipfranza@aol.com Several   former   members   of   the   Bishop   Ford   Central   Catholic   High   School   faculty   and   staff   celebrated   their   3rd   Annual   Christmas Party/Reunion   on   December   18th   at   La   Sorrentina   Restaurant   in   Brooklyn"   --   They   always   considered   themselves   a   family   and   it's   nice   to see that they still keep in contact with each other. The President’s January 2020 Message: Dear LFA Brothers and Sisters, On   Behalf   of   the   LFA   Executive   Board   I   would   like   to   take   this   opportunity   to   wish   you   and   your   families   a   Happy   New   Year   filled   with   good health, prosperity, and all good things! Remember to check out the numerous savings and great deals available to us as union members at: www.unionplus.org . Be the change you want to see in the world. ”  Mahatma Gandhi   Your President and Business Manager Ciro Quattrocchi    

As news stories that impact our local are published, we will update this area with the national news from the Laborers

International Union of North America

LIUNA Commends Congress for Protecting Workers in the Year-End Spending Bill: 

Washington, D.C. (December 19, 2019) - Terry O'Sullivan, General President of LIUNA - the Laborers' Intemational Union of Norff America

— made the following statement today on the year-end spending bill:

LIUNA commends Congress for fully repealing the 40 percent "Cadillac Tax" in the end of year continuing resolution. This historic

agreement is a product of years of advocacy by LIUNA members, our allies and champions in Congress; including Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-

CA), Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), and the bill's original sponsors: Senators Martin Heinrich (D-NM) and Mike Rounds (R-SD) and

Representatives Joe Courtney (D-CT) and Mike Kelly (R-PA), who fought at our side, over the course of many years, for this moment.

The hard-working members of LIUNA, in addition to millions of fellow Americans, whose health benefits were at risk, will breathe a sigh of

relief this holiday season.

This victory would not have been possible without the bipartisan leadership of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), House

Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA).

Congressional leaders should also be commended for including in the year-end spending resolution a 3.1% pay increase for federal

workers. While we had hoped that members of Congess would come together on a fix for workers with Temporary Protected Status (TPS)

and a responsible multi-employer pension reform proposal, we are pleased to see that provisions to protect the health and pension

benefits of tens of thousands of union coal miners was included. We will continue to work with the House and Senate next year to address

the critical issue of pension reform and TPS.

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News From the LFA and its member

schools:

Thanks to Dan DiPleco, our newsletter editor, the LFA publishes a periodical Newsletter.  Click the links below for the most recent and archived newsletters.

LiUNA! News:

Recent News from our

local:

February 2020:

Important Supreme Court Decision:   The    United    States    Supreme    Court,    in    Espinoza    v.    Montana Department    of    Revenue,    is    reviewing    the    constitutionality    of    a 19th   century   Blaine   Amendment.   This   Amendment   would   prohibit public     funds     aiding     students     attending     religious     schools- particularly     Catholic     schools.     This     proposed     law     was     first promoted    by    President    Ulysses    S,    Grant.    This    bill    passed    the House   but   was   defeated   in   the   Senate.   President   Rutherford   B. Hayes   also   promoted   the   bill   but   efforts   failed   as   a   constitutional law.   The   law   did   go   on   to   be   passed   by   38   individual   states,   with New   York   State   being   one   of   them.   Hopefully,   a   Supreme   Court decision   will   help   erase   this   law   which   is   geared   against   Catholic Education. Bishop   Loughlin   High   School   Holocaust   Class   Listens   to   a   Special Presentation    about    Survival.        Amy    Goldberg,    the    wife    of    an Auschwitz   survivor,   and   Lindsay   Bressman,   the   director   of   Civic Spirit,   visited   Mr.   Mason's   Senior   Holocaust   Class   on   January   10th to   share   stories   and   answer   student   questions.   NY1   came   to   the school to film the event. At   the   Child   School   Legacy   High   School    students   have   shown great   success,   comparing   the   64%   graduation   rate   of   New   York City   students   graduate   at   the   school   at   a   rate   of   94%.   Moreover, 84%   graduate   with   a   Regents   or   RCT   diploma,   a   notable   sign   of success   given   the   climate   of   special   education   in   New   York's   public school   system   where   only   12%   of   special   education   students   are receiving academic diplomas. Job well done! Archbishop Molloy HS recognized by Newsweek:   Newsweek   has   announced   its   ranking   of   the   top   5,000   STEM   high schools    for    2019,    honoring    excellence    in    science,    technology, engineering,    and    mathematics.    Archbishop    Molloy    High    School placed    in    the    top    8%    of    an    original    pool    of    over    30,000    high schools that were analyzed over a three-year period. Cooking   with   VP   Jerry   Franza:   Italian Meatballs :   Ingredients: 2 lbs of chicken breasts flour salt & pepper to taste 1 Tbsp olive oil 3 Tbsp butter fresh or canned mushrooms 2 cloves garlic 2/3   can   chicken   broth   2/3   cup   marsala wine 2 Tbsp parsley 2/3 cup heavy cream                                       Steps: 1 . Flour   chicken   with   salt   and   pepper,   heat   oil,   and   fry   chicken till golden brown 2 . Then add all other ingredients together with the chicken. Questions or comments: Contact Jerry at www.chipfranza@aol.com The President’s February 2020 Message…………. Dear LFA Brothers and Sisters,   Retirees    who    have    taken    the    Mason    Tenders’    medical    into retirement and those contemplating retiring with the medical…..   It   is   with   much   tribulation   that   I   have   to   present   to   you   the   new rates    for    our    Medical    Coverage.    Dan    DiPleco,    our    Secretary- Treasurer,    and    I    have    met    with    the    MTDC    Board    of    Directors concerning   the   new   rate   increases.      Please   understand   that   we have   made   every   effort   to   make   the   MTDC   Board   aware   of   how devastatingly unfair these increases are. The   new   Director,   Ms.   Anna   Gutsin,   did   accommodate   a   slight change    in    the    increase    schedule;    however,    the    rates    are    still extremely   extraordinarily   high   considering   what   we   have   paid   in the   past.   You   will   soon   receive   a   direct   notification   of   the   changes from   the   Mason   Tenders’   District   Council   Trust   Fund.   The   changes will be:   Effective    July    1,    2020    for    pensioners    over    the    age    65    with dependents    and    for    pensioners    under    age    65    (both    with    and without     dependents)     the     cost     is     $600.00     per     month.     For pensioners   over   the   age   of   65   with   no   dependents   enrolled   the cost is $300 per month.   Effective   January   1,   2021   for   pensioners   under   age   65   (both   with and    without    dependents)    the    monthly    cost    will    be    at    least $1,200.00.   You   will   be   advised   in   January,   2021   of   the   actual   cost. For   pensioners   65   or   over   with   enrolled   dependents   the   cost   will be   $1,200,00   per   month   and   at   $600.00   per   month   for   pensioners over 65 years with no enrolled dependents.   Effective   July   1,   2021   In   addition   to   the   above   changes,   the   MTDC Board    decided    that    the    required    contributions    will    be    further increased   based   on   the   benefit   costs   at   that   time.   Those   rates   will be calculated and communicated prior to July 2021.   Please   contact   the   Welfare   Fund   directly   for   official   information   at: 1.212.452.9700.      The   Welfare   Fund   is   responsible   to   answer   your questions and to hear your complaints.  Your President and Business Manager, Ciro Quattrocchi

January 2020:

A   sensitive   approach   to   your   work   with   students   can   save you from many problems:   By    phrasing    questions    and    criticism    carefully,    you    can generally avoid defensive or hostile responses. If     you     are     supportive,     encouraging,     and     respectful     of student   ideas   in   class,   you   can   correct   wrong   answers   or   point   out weaknesses without discouraging your students. Always    show    students    the    courtesy    of    listening    to    and responding to their answers when they offer an idea. Rather     than     dismissing     a     weak     or     inaccurate     idea immediately,    ask    the    student    to    clarify    it    using    class    material. Often,    students    can    talk    their    way    into    a    more    thoughtful response. You   will   also   want   to   be   careful   about   teasing   or   sarcastic humor, since these are all too often easily misinterpreted. Source: Stanford University Attention    Retirees:     In    2020,    there    are    retirement    changes coming   due   to   the   SECURE   Act.   One   of   the   changes   permits   some to   wait   until   after   the   age   of   72   to   begin   collecting   retirement funds. Research the Secure Act for additional information.  The   Bishop   Loughlin   Band   is   one   of   the   winners   of   the   News 12   Sounds   of   the   Season   Contest.       News   12   came   to   the   school on   Monday,   12/17   to   film   the   performers.   The   performance   aired during Christmas week. On   Sunday,   October   20th,   Archbishop   Molloy   welcomed   over 3,500 visitors to its fall Open House:   The     day     featured     spirited     presentations     by     all     academic departments,     athletic     teams,     and     extracurricular     activities. Students    and    teachers,    as    well    as    many    parent    and    alumni volunteers   represented   Molloy   and   shared   everything   they   love about the Stanner experience! C ooking with VP Jerry Franza: Salmon:   Ingredients: salmon 2 scallions 3 tsp oil 1 tsp ginger salt & pepper to taste 2 tsp lemon 2 tsp soy sauce 3 cloves garlic                Steps: 1 . Cover   the   salmon   with   the   ingredients   and   cook   with   the skin side up. 2 . Cook   for   4   minutes   then   turn   and   cook   the   other   side   for   3- 4 minutes 3 . Serve with lemon and vegetables. Questions or comments: Contact Jerry at www.chipfranza@aol.com Several   former   members   of   the   Bishop   Ford   Central   Catholic High    School    faculty    and    staff    celebrated    their    3rd    Annual Christmas    Party/Reunion    on    December    18th    at    La    Sorrentina Restaurant   in   Brooklyn"   --   They   always   considered   themselves   a family   and   it's   nice   to   see   that   they   still   keep   in   contact   with   each other. The President’s January 2020 Message: Dear LFA Brothers and Sisters, On   Behalf   of   the   LFA   Executive   Board   I   would   like   to   take   this opportunity   to   wish   you   and   your   families   a   Happy   New   Year   filled with good health, prosperity, and all good things! Remember   to   check   out   the   numerous   savings   and   great   deals available to us as union members at: www.unionplus.org . Be the change you want to see in the world. ”  Mahatma Gandhi   Your President and Business Manager Ciro Quattrocchi    

As news stories that impact our local are published, we will

update this area with the national news from the Laborers

International Union of North America

LIUNA Commends Congress for Protecting Workers in the

Year-End Spending Bill: 

Washington, D.C. (December 19, 2019) - Terry O'Sullivan, General

President of LIUNA - the Laborers' Intemational Union of Norff

America — made the following statement today on the year-end

spending bill:

LIUNA commends Congress for fully repealing the 40 percent

"Cadillac Tax" in the end of year continuing resolution. This

historic agreement is a product of years of advocacy by LIUNA

members, our allies and champions in Congress; including

Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), and

the bill's original sponsors: Senators Martin Heinrich (D-NM) and

Mike Rounds (R-SD) and

Representatives Joe Courtney (D-CT) and Mike Kelly (R-PA), who

fought at our side, over the course of many years, for this

moment.

The hard-working members of LIUNA, in addition to millions of

fellow Americans, whose health benefits were at risk, will breathe

a sigh of relief this holiday season.

This victory would not have been possible without the bipartisan

leadership of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY),

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Senate Minority Leader Chuck

Schumer, and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA).

Congressional leaders should also be commended for including

in the year-end spending resolution a 3.1% pay increase for

federal workers. While we had hoped that members of Congess

would come together on a fix for workers with Temporary

Protected Status (TPS) and a responsible multi-employer pension

reform proposal, we are pleased to see that provisions to protect

the health and pension benefits of tens of thousands of union

coal miners was included. We will continue to work with the

House and Senate next year to address the critical issue of

pension reform and TPS.

Click here for a link to the story