Building Trades

Worker Advocates to Trump: We are All United!

February 16, 2017
By Joe Maniscalco

Hector Figueroa, president, 32 BJ.

Brooklyn, NY - This week’s defeat of Andy Puzder’s nomination as U.S. labor secretary could help further thwart the Trump administration’s strategy of dividing and conguering the labor movement — but the head of the largest union of property service workers in the nation is convinced that unions will stand together and fight no matter what. 

Thanks, Trump: Anti-Immigration Rhetoric is Helping Crooks Steal

February 16, 2017
By Joe Maniscalco

Comptroller Scott Stinger is 'doubling down' on crooked contractors.

New York, NY - The Trump administration’s already corrosive crusade against Muslim people and immigrant communities of color is now also helping to “embolden” crooked contractors intent on cheating vulnerable workers out of millions of dollars in hard-earned wages and benefits, according to New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer. 

This Week's Buzz: Weingarten Puts DeVos on Notice!

February 15, 2017
By Joe Maniscalco 

AFT President Randi Weingarten is putting Betsy DeVos on notice.

New York, NY - Charter school zealot Betsy Devos may have been confirmed as U.S. labor secretary — but on this week’s episode of LaborPress’ “Blue Collar Buzz” airing Sunday night at 9 p.m. on AM970, Randi Weingarten, American Federation of Teachers head, says pubic school advocates are ready to block any attempt to defund schools -- the same way Donald Trump’s Muslim travel ban was blocked in federal court. Hector Figueroa, 32BJ SEIU president, talks solidarity and organized labor’s response to the Trump administration; and John Skinner, Ironworkers Local 46 political & legislative director, defends the rights of hard-pressed New York City construction workers. We’ll also learn how labor unions working with General Vision Services (GVS) are helping to change lives one pair of eyeglasses at a time. 

Labor: Safety Reforms Do Not Come At the Cost of Construction Jobs!

February 13, 2017
By Joe Maniscalco

Powerful interests have taken aim at the Construction Safety Act.

New York, NY - In the last two years, when construction workers have died on mostly non-union job sites throughout the city, it’s largely been communities of color who have been left to pick up the pieces. But that isn’t stopping opponents of the new Construction Safety Act from advancing the glaringly specious argument that legislative reforms now before the New York City Council will somehow limit opportunities for minority workers — and that has organized labor saying, “no way.”

This Week's Buzz: Construction Site Safety in the Balance; Fired Up Nurses And More!

February 8, 2017
By Joe Maniscalco

Bill and Neal with James Mahoney.

New York, New York - On this week’s episode of LaborPress’ “Blue Collar Buzz” airing Sunday night at 9 p.m. on AM970, James Mahoney, president, New York State District Council of Ironworkers, pushes back against opponents of the new Construction Safety Act; Ellen Smith, president, Northeast Nurses Association, denounces Donald Trump’s leaked executive order threatening the health of the LGBTQ community; Assemblymember Walter Mosley gives his take on the new 421a tax abatement plan; and Sal Armao, CPA, Armao LLP, talks about the tax pitfalls facing labor unions this year. 

Construction Workers Rally as Council Eyes Safety Bills

February 1, 2017
By Steven Wishnia

New York, N.Y.—As the City Council took up a package of 21 bills intended to strengthen construction and crane safety regulationsJan. 31, thousands of construction workers were rallying alongside City Hall to demand that it pass them. The package’s centerpiece is Intro 1447, sponsored by Housing and Buildings Committee chair Jumaane D. Williams (D-Brooklyn).

This Week's Buzz: Hiring Freeze Backlash; Trump vs. Labor; Carnegie Deli Fight

January 31, 2017
By Joe Maniscalco

Workers are fighting back on this week's BCB!

New York, NY - On this week’s episode of LaborPress’ “Blue Collar Buzz” airing Sunday night at 9 p.m. on AM970 The Answer, AFGE National President David Cox warns the American people are going to pay a “tough price” for Trump’s new federal pay and hiring freeze; while Ironworkers President Eric Dean says the Oval Office’s current occupant is defintely trying to “drive a wedge” between American labor unions. UniteHere Local 100 President Bill Granfield also talks about the latest efforts to save the jobs of longtime workers at the famed Carnegie Deli on 7th Avenue.  

Trump Starts Chipping Away At the House of Labor

January 26, 2017
By Joe Maniscalco
Reporter’s Notebook

Donald J. Trump: Divide and conquer?

Brooklyn, NY - Earlier this week, the leaders of several major unions reportedly exited a White House meeting with Donald Trump sounding upbeat and enthusiastic about the future — but it also looks like the meeting was actually the first step in Trump’s greater plan to divide and conquer the House of Labor. 

Construction Worker Fatalities On The Rise

January 26, 2017 
By Neal Tepel

New York, NY -Between 2011 and 2015, construction worker fatalities in New York state rose from 33 to 55, according to “Deadly Skyline,” a study recently released by the New York Committee for Occupational Safety & Health. Of those deaths, 25 were in New York City.

This Week's Blue Collar Buzz: Will the Presidency Tame Trump?

January 25, 2017
By Joe Maniscalco

Teamsters JC 16 President George Miranda with Bill and Neal.

New York, NY - On this week’s episode of LaborPress’ “Blue Collar Buzz” broadcasting Sunday night at 9 p.m. on AM970, we’re talking to Teamsters Joint Council 16 President George Miranda about the possibility of Donald Trump actually “growing into” the office of president. We’ll also find out why Robert Score, IATSE, Local One recording correspondence secretary believes now might be a “fantastic time” to finally advance the campaign for single-payer healthcare. ALIGN Campaign Coordinator Daisy Chung also talks about how working men and women in the Climate Works for All Coalition are fighting hard to make sure NYC communities benefit from the 10-year plan to erect solar panels on hundreds of public buildings.

NYC Building Trades Leads the Nation with Diversified Employment

January 25, 2017 
By Neal Tepel

New York, NY - The findings from the forthcoming  Columbia University report clearly  documents that Black workers are far more represented in the union construction workforce (21.2 percent) than in the nonunion construction workforce (15.8 percent) in New York City.

Blue Collar Backbone: Champions of NYC Construction Workers Arrested Outside Trump Tower

January 21, 2017
By Joe Maniscalco

Council member Menchaca is led away in handcuffs.

New York, NY -  Two members of the New York City Council spearheading legislative efforts to bring apprentice training to dangerous non-union construction sites around town where arrested in front of Trump Tower on Friday in defiance of the improbable new president’s virulent anti-worker agenda.

Construction Safety Act Calls for Apprentice Training!

January 20, 2017
By Joe Maniscalco

Organized labor is convinced apprentice training is needed on NYC construction sites.

New York, NY - Inside the package of construction safety bills introduced in the New York City Council this week, is the training and apprentice language that organized labor and other worker advocates have been clamoring for in the face of increasing worksite deaths on mostly non-union job sites. 

Construction Worker Advocates to Mayor de Blasio: Do More to Prevent Job Site Deaths!

January 19, 2017
By Joe Maniscalco

Pressure is on the City to respond to construction worker deaths.

New York, NY - The de Blasio administration insists it is cracking down on the building industry following the deaths of as many as 30 construction workers over the past 24 months — but worker advocates this week are saying, “Thanks — you’ve got to do more.” 

NYC Construction Workers Arrested in Act of Civil Disobedience!

January 19, 2017
By Joe Maniscalco

Construction worker Louis Colon peers out NYPD prison bus window.

New York, NY - Construction workers protesting as many as 30 industry deaths over the past 24 months were hauled away on an NYPD prison bus Wednesday morning after engaging in an act of civil disobedience in front of 23 Park Row.

NYC Mayor Selects M/WBE For Housing Construction

January 19, 2017  
By Dr. Leonard H. Golubchick

New York, NY - Mayor Bill de Blasio has selected eight Minority- and Women-Owned Business Enterprise teams to lead the construction of six new 100 percent affordable housing developments on vacant City-owned land.

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