Building Trades

Workers’ Memorial Day 2016

April 28, 2016
By NYS AFL-CIO President Mario Cilento 

Albany, NY - Every day on average, 13 workers die in this country as a result of workplace injuries. And, every year in cities, towns and communities across America we gather on Workers’ Memorial Day to remember our brothers and sisters who have lost their lives on the job.

Why Is NYC Blocking Elevator Safety Reform?

April 22, 2016
By Joe Maniscalco

Don't elevator mechanics need training?

New York, NY - The union representing elevator mechanics and technicians is accusing the de Blasio administration of continuing to stand in the way of safety reforms that could help prevent a growing number of horrific elevator accidents around the city — some deadly. 

L.A. Hotel Minimum Wage Exempts Union Workers

April 15, 2016
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Los Angeles, CA -When the city of Los Angeles set a $15.37-an-hour minimum wage for hotel workers two years ago, the law contained one major loophole: Union workers could be paid less.

S.F. Laborers Demand Affordable Housing, Union Labor

April 15, 2016
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

San Francisco, CA- Laborers Local 261 has joined the opposition to a proposed 328-unit housing project in the rapidly gentrifying Mission District, demanding that the developer include more affordable housing on-site, build it with union labor, and replace manufacturing space it will displace.

AFL-CIO at Odds With Building Trades on Atlantic City

April 11, 2016
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Atlantic City, NJ - The proposed state takeover of Atlantic City has put New Jersey’s AFL-CIO at odds with the state’s building-trades unions. Gov. Chris Christie and state Senate President Steve Sweeney believe the takeover would help the city, which will run out of money this week, but Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto says he will not send the bill to the floor until city workers’ collective-bargaining rights are protected.

Six Months After Deadly Elevator Failure, New Calls For Real Training

April 9, 2016
By Joe Maniscalco 

A moment of silence on Hope Street.

Brooklyn, NY - Advocates for elevator safety training and licensing renewed calls for industry reform this week — six months after a failed elevator inside a Hope Street apartment building in Williamsburg caused the gruesome death of a 37-year-old man visiting friends at the residence last October. 

Protecting Public Housing Residents

March 31, 2016
By NYC Public Advocate Letitia James 

New York , NY - Every New Yorker deserves a home with basic decencies, like heat during the winter months, but for too long many NYCHA tenants have been left in the cold. Recently, my office settled a lawsuit that will protect public housing residents throughout our City.

OSHA's New Standard for Silica is Long Overdue

March 27, 2016
By LIUNA President Terry O’Sullivan 

Washington, DC - The new OSHA standard for silica is a welcome and long overdue step towards safer job sites for the many millions of workers who suffer from its deadly impacts.

Next Generation Carpenters Learn From The Best

March 24, 2016
By Joe Maniscalco

Building a solid middle-class career.

New York, NY - The best young carpenters in the city put their many expert talents to the test this week during the 47th Annual Graduating Apprentice Contest, Exhibition and Open House at the NYC District Council of Carpenters Labor Technical College on Hudson Street. 

AFL-CIO Urges Administration to Finalize Long-Overdue Worker Protections

March 23, 2016
By Jasmine Nazarett

Washington, DC - Following the U.S. Department of Labor sending the much-needed overtime rule to the Office of Management and Budget, the AFL-CIO renewed its call for final action on these worker protections to improve the lives of working people across the country. These regulations include rules on fiduciary responsibility, silica and the persuader rule.

Non-union Contractor Cheats Workers

March 20, 2016
By Stephanie West 

New York, NY - Sergio Raymundo and Lalo Drywall, Inc. cheated eight workers at a Harlem housing project out of over $800,000.00 in wages during a 17-month period. The employer attempted to conceal the underpayments by signing false checks drawn on the company’s account.

Report: It Costs More To Build In NYC (But Don't Blame Labor)

By Joe Maniscalco
March 18, 2016

Building costs in NYC are on the rise.

New York, NY - “Burdensome regulations and costly red tape” — and not expensive labor — are among the chief reasons why building costs in the Big Apple are about twice as high as anyplace else in the country.

Harlem Affordable Housing Project

March 17, 2016
By Tara Jessup 

New York, NY -  A massive  project is underway in Harlem that will repair apartments, improve the buildings and keep the rents of 358 apartments affordable to low-income families for the next 30 years.

Unions Rally for De Blasio Housing Plan

March 14, 2016
By Steven Wishnia  

New York, NY - Contingents from the city’s largest labor unions joined the American Association of Retired Persons outside City Hall Mar. 9 for a rally supporting Mayor Bill de Blasio’s affordable-housing plan.

NYC Construction Starts Soared In 2015

March 14, 2016
By Stephanie West 

New York, NY - The value of New York City construction starts skyrocketed in 2015, fueled by a continued wave of major residential development projects and the start of three major office towers, according to a New York Building Congress analysis of construction data from Dodge Data & Analytics.

State Averts Buffalo Layoffs

March 4, 2016
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Buffalo, NY - After 200 construction workers were laid off Feb. 26, state officials promised to pay the contractors building the SolarCity plant in Buffalo.  The project, which will be the largest solar-panel manufacturing facility in North America, is a large part of Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s Buffalo Billion initiative, but the state, which expects to spend $750 million on the plant, owes contractors more than $80 million for invoices going back to October.

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