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Wisconsin Building Trades Rip Walker Proposal to Nix Licensing Exams

April 23, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Madison, WI - A proposal by Gov. Scott Walker to exempt journeyman plumbers, electricians, and sprinkler fitters from having to take an exam to get their license after they finish a state-approved apprenticeship program has drawn sharp criticism from construction unions and some contractors.

 Buildings Upgraded Provide Jobs for Thousands 


April 22, 2017 
By Neal Tepel

New York, NY - The New York City Department of Buildings (DOB) issued 5,641 permits, with a combined value of $9.3 billion, for alterations and renovations (A&R) to existing buildings in 2016, according to a New York Building Congress analysis of construction data from Dodge Data & Analytics.

San Diego Building-Trades Activists Protest Trump

April 14, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

San Diego, CA - When President Donald Trump spoke to the national Building Trades legislative conference in Washington April 4, six members of International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 569 turned their backs and held up signs saying “Resist.”

Unifor OKs Contract, Averts Lockout at Saskatchewan Refinery

April 11, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Regina, Canada - Workers at the Co-op Refinery Complex in Regina ratified a new contract Apr. 3, averting a lockout they had expected after a 14-day cooling-off period ended Mar. 30.

Labor Appreciation Day Marked by Panel on Improving Safety at Construction Sites

April 9, 2017
By Silver Krieger

New York, NY -- LaborPress and AM970 The Answer held a special event on Thursday, April 4th, to honor Labor Appreciation Day. At the midtown location, six panels were held on important labor topics including the first of the day, titled “Improving Safety at Construction Sites.”

Eric Landau To Lead Brooklyn Bridge Park

April 8, 2017 
By Neal Tepel

New York, NY - Mayor Bill de Blasio has  nominated Eric Landau to serve as President of the Brooklyn Bridge Park Corporation. Landau will lead the 85-acre park’s continued expansion, oversee its daily operations and foster its long-term stability.

Falling Cement Sparks Building-Trades Protest

April 1, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia

New York, NY - The day after a concrete-form blowout spewed debris 35 stories down onto cars driving on East 59th Street, building-trades workers protested the developer’s use of a nonunion contractor.

LI Building Trades Expand Apprenticeships

March 31, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Hauppauge, NY - The number of apprentices in Long Island’s building trades has increased by 54% in the last five years, aided by programs like Opportunities Long Island, local construction unions’ free pre-apprenticeship program.

Then As Now, Greed Continues to Kill New York City Workers

March 28, 2017
By Joe Maniscalco

Lest we forget...?

New York, NY - Back in 1911, the bodies of poor immigrant workers killed in the infamous Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire were piled up on the sidewalk outside the old Asch Building at Greene Street and Washington Place in a ghastly makeshift morgue. Flash forward to today, and the bodies of immigrant construction workers overwhelming killed on non-union job sites throughout the city since 2015, have not been quite so visible. But the callous disregard for all of their lives — garment workers and construction workers alike — remains just about the same. 

'Sweat' Stars and Pulitzer Prize Winners on This Week's Blue Collar Buzz!

March 23, 2017
By Joe Maniscalco

Alison Wright, Johanna Day and Michelle Wilson in "Sweat." (c) Joan Marcus

New York, NY - LaborPress’ “Blue Collar Buzz” is putting working men and women in sharper focus this Sunday night at 9 p.m. on AM970 with exclusive interviews with Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer Deanne Fitzmaurice and “Sweat” Director Kate Whoriskey and Actor Michelle Wilson. We’ll also take a hard look at diversity in the construction industry with Economic Policy Institute President Larry Mishel. 

Stiffed Union Contractor Seeks $2M From Trump’s DC Hotel

March 16, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Washington, DC - A Maryland union electrical contractor is trying to get the Trump Organization to cough up more than $2 million in unpaid bills for extra work it did as the company rushed to open its luxury Washington hotel last fall.

IBEW Local 43 Takes ‘Giving Back To Your Community’ To A New Level…

March 10, 2017 
By WNYLaborToday.com Editor-Publisher Tom Campbell    

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Clay, NY -  Since 2009, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 43 and its nearly 1,200 Members have made a concerted effort to give back where their Members work, live and raise their families across Central New York - and as a result, a number of worthwhile agencies and organizations have been the recipients of nearly $400,000 to help fund an array of programs designed to aid Working People who need a hand up.

This Week's Buzz: Disappearing Jobs And Breaking with the Democratic Party

March 9, 2017
By Joe Maniscalco 

"Trump didn't win -- Dems lost," says Chris Silvera [r].

New York, NY - On this week’s episode of LaborPress’ Blue Collar Buzz, airing Sunday night at 9 p.m. on AM970, we’re talking about labor's continuing ties with the Democratic Party, as well as disappearing jobs from coast to coast with James Slevin, president of the Utility Workers of America, Local 1-2; Chris Silvera, secretary-treasurer, International Brotherhood of Teamsters, Local 808; and Kurt Ho, a systems administrator with the University of California, San Francisco, who’s had his job outsourced overseas along with over 75 other workers. 

Philly Unions Offer to Help Fix Vandalized Jewish Cemetery

March 7, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Philadelphia, PA - Two city unions say they will help repair a vandalized Jewish cemetery for free. The Philadelphia Building and Construction Trades Council said Feb. 27 that it would replace damaged headstones at the Mount Carmel Cemetery in the city’s northeast, and re-sod and clean the grounds.

Sims Recycling Workers Vote for Union

March 5, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia

New York. NY - Workers at the city’s main recycling plant now have a union. An eight-month organizing campaign at Sims Municipal Recycling’s Sunset Park facility culminated March 3, when workers voted 46-20 to join Teamsters Local 210.

A WNYLaborToday.com Report: “To Help Ease The Pain,”…

March 2, 2017  
By WNYLaborToday.com Editor-Publisher Tom Campbell  
 
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Philadelphia, PA - In the wake of more than 100 headstones toppled over at a Jewish Cemetery in Philadelphia, which authorities say is the latest in a wave of anti-Semitic incidents across the country in recent weeks, Union Workers represented by the Philadelphia Building & Construction Trades Council will donate their time on Saturday (March 4th) to help reset the toppled tombstones and re-sod the damaged gravesites.

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