Building Trades

Carpenters Picket Jersey City Luxury Condos

July 23, 2017
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Jersey City, NJ - Charging that a subcontractor is using out-of-town workers and paying them substandard wages, the Northeast Regional Council of Carpenters union on July 17 picketed a luxury-condo building under construction on the Jersey City waterfront.

Carpenters Call On de Blasio to Restore Cuts, Settle Contract

July 14, 2017
By Joe Maniscalco

Carpenters President Steve McInnis.

New York, NY - Already in danger of being in violation of two prior Restraining Orders, and facing an upcoming court date that could seriously tarnish Mayor Bill de Blasio’s legacy as a progressive, pro-union mayor — the New York City District of Council of Carpenters on Thursday called on Hizzoner to immediately restore workers’ vacation time and sick days - and return to the bargaining table to settle a fair contract. 

Philly Building Trades Expand Apprenticeship Access

July 11, 2017  
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Philadelphia, PA - Working with the city’s building-trades unions, the city government, developers, and institutions have launched three pre-apprenticeship programs intended to increase the number of women and minorities in the city’s construction industry.

James Cahill Leads with a Lifetime of Service

July 10, 2017 
By Silver Krieger

New York, NY – James W. Cahill, President of the NYS Building & Construction Trades Council, and a member of the New York State AFL-CIO Executive Council, has been a union member for 50 years.

James Cahill Leads with a Lifetime of Service

July 8, 2017 
By Silver Krieger

New York, NY – James W. Cahill, President of the NYS Building & Construction Trades Council, and a member of the New York State AFL-CIO Executive Council, has been a union member for 50 years.

Gonzalez Vows to Work with Carpenters In Rooting Out Bad Developers

June 30, 2017
By Joe Maniscalco 

Stephen McInnis and Eric Gonzalez shake hands.

Brooklyn, NY - Brooklyn’s acting District Attorney, and inside favorite to win September’s crowded primary race, has earned the NYC District Council of Carpenters endorsement this week, vowing to devote the necessary resources to successfully identify and prosecute crooked real estate developers who put profits over worker safety. 

City: Brooklyn Scaffold Fatality Was Wearing a Safety Harness

June 21, 2017
By Joe Maniscalco

Scene of the deadly fall.

New York, NY - A 58-year-old man who fell to his death this past Sunday in Brooklyn while scraping paint off the facade at 1382 Nostrand Avenue was wearing the safety harness that should have been able to save his life. 

AFL-CIO Housing  Trust Update

June 20, 2017 
AFL-CIO Housing  Trust Update

Washington, DC -  The AFL-CIO Housing Investment Trust (HIT) has released the second installment of its HIT Podcast series, "Community Revitalization the Union Way."

NYC Plans Ambitious Capital Spending Strategy

June 18, 2017 
By Stephanie West

New York, NY - The unprecedented $58 billion five-year capital spending plan represents a significant acceleration of infrastructure construction.

Unions, Environmentalists Celebrate First U.S. Offshore Wind Farm

June 17, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

North Kingstown, RI, - Rhode Island building-trades unions and environmentalists celebrated the nation’s first offshore wind-power farm on a chartered-boat cruise June 13.

Bricklayers’ Expo Shows Skills, Pushes Prevailing Wage

June 14, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia

Albany, N.Y.—On June 13, the New York Regional Conference of Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers invited reporters and elected officials to try some of the tasks masonry workers do on the job, like laying bricks and setting tile. More daring participants, the union said, could “strap into a safety harness and stand on a two-point suspended scaffold rig about three feet wide.”

Construction Worker Killed in Fall at Manhattan West Development

June 12, 2017
By Silver Krieger

New York, NY – Yet another failure by developers to maintain safety standards has led to the tragic death of a construction worker in New York City. Roger Vail, 62, was killed on Monday night, June 5th, while working as a surveyor on a building at development site Manhattan West, at 400 West 33rd Street. Part of the Hudson Yards complex, it is being constructed by Brookfield Properties.

Hotel Trades Council Backs  Moya for  Council

June 11, 2017 
By Stephanie West

Corona, NY -  Queens Assemblyman earns support of influential union in campaign for City Council's 21st District.   Assemblyman Francisco Moya (D - Corona) has received the endorsement of the Hotel Trades Council (HTC).

Building Trades Commemorate Ground Zero’s ‘Last Column’

June 2, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia

New York, NY - In what building-trades union head Gary LaBarbera called “a small, solemn service,” about 100 construction workers and union leaders gathered in Zuccotti Park May 30 to mark the 15th anniversary of the last column being removed from the rubble of the World Trade Center after the 9/11 attacks.

NYC Construction Spending Sets Record

May 27, 2017 
By Stephanie West

New York, NY - Construction spending across the five boroughs set an all-time record in 2016, according to a New York Building Congress analysis of multiple data sources.

Could The Koch Brothers ‘Get Their Way’ And Make New York A Right-To-Work…

May 26, 2017  
By Editor-Publisher Tom Campbell  
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Cheektowaga,NY - Could the Koch Brothers get their way and make New York a Right-To-Work (for less) State?  They could, according to representatives of the New York State AFL-CIO, if a Constitutional Convention is held and Albany special interests and lobbyists have their say and hoodwink New Yorkers into believing such a convention to change the State Constitution is a good thing.

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