Carpenters’ union president resigns over misconduct allegations

Group's monitor asked him to resign over personnel infraction
February 22, 2018 06:56PM

Steve McInnis

The president of the city’s powerful carpenters union has resigned suddenly amid unspecified allegations of misconduct.

Steve McInnis, president of the New York City District Council of Carpenters, stepped down suddenly on Thursday, the New York Daily News reported. The group’s independent monitor, Glenn McGorty, asked McInnis to step down “due to an infraction of personnel policy.”

The nature of the infraction wasn’t clear on Thursday, but the Daily News indicates that it may involve sexual harassment.

“After over two decades as a rank and file member and officer, I realize that I have not always put my family first,” McInnis said in a statement. “After much consideration, it is with great sadness that I close this chapter of my professional life, but I look forward to focusing on my family at this time.”

McInnis was reelected as president in December, marking his second full term in the position. This past summer, some members alleged that a labor organizer was fired after alerting city officials of violations at a site owned by McInnis’ brother.

The organization, which is the largest trade union in the city, has had a federal monitor for more than two decades. In the February issue, The Real Deal dove into the history of the union and how it’s dealt with corruption. [NYDN]Kathryn Brenzel