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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.

GAP Outsourcing In BK: Carpenters Jeer

March 1, 2016
By Joe Maniscalco

Gap, Inc. is under fire for hiring Ohio workers to build a new store in Brooklyn.

Brooklyn, NY - The New York City District Council of Carpenters is butting heads with retail clothing giant Gap, Inc. this week, charging the company with using "sweatshop" labor imported from out-of-state to build a new Banana Republic store at 422 86th Street in Bay Ridge. 

Ironworkers Try to Solve East Harlem Wage Theft

February 21, 2016
By Steven Wishnia

New York, NY - None of these workers are getting paid,” says Octaviano Cortes, standing outside the partially finished foundation at 109 East 115th St. in East Harlem on the afternoon of Feb. 19. Antonio Lopez, speaking with a heavy Spanish accent, says he showed up for work at 7 in the morning, hasn’t been paid in three weeks, and is owed $1,400. “I’m trying to do everything I can to get money for my guys,” says a foreman who asks to remain anonymous. “I haven’t gotten paid in two months.”

Sony Takes Tax Breaks; Undercuts NYC Workers

February 10, 2016
By Joe Maniscalco

Pressure is on Sony to rethink its moving contract.

New York, NY - Sony, the multi-billion-dollar entertainment giant with holdings around the globe, is being accused this week of viciously undercutting local movers, and making it increasingly difficult for workers to provide for their families. 

Crane Operators Say Safety Needs a Union Voice

February 9, 2016
By Steven Wishnia

New York, NY—Mayor Bill de Blasio’s new crane-safety rules need more “clarity,” and his proposed task force needs to have workers at the table, says a spokesperson for the city’s crane operators’ union, Local 14 of the International Union of Operating Engineers.

NYS Recruits Minority Businesses

February 4, 2016
By Tara Jessup

Albany, NY - New York State is planning several outreach activities and events across the state to encourage minority and women owned-businesses to take advantage of billions in state contracting opportunities for the LaGuardia Redevelopment Project.

With 421-a Construction Subsidy Expired, What’s Next?

February 3, 2016
By Steven Wishnia

By Request of our Readers We are Reposting a Special Report Part on Construction Subsidies 421-a

New York, NY - The 421-a housing construction subsidy, which gave an estimated $1.1 billion a year in tax breaks to developers who built new housing in New York City, expired Jan. 15 when the Real Estate Board of New York and the city’s building-trades unions couldn’t agree on what a fair wage would be for workers on buildings receiving the subsidy.

Time For Apprentice Training Bill Is Now, Says Brewer

February 2, 2016
By Joe Maniscalco

Construction workers carry coffins memorializing jobsite fatalities.

New York, NY - Last week’s horrific construction site accident on West 17th Street in which a 55-year-old worker was impaled on exposed rebar after falling four stories down an elevator shaft on a non-union job, has given fuel to pending legislation requiring apprentice level training on all building projects in the city 10-stories and above. 

Building Trade President Criticizes The Mayors Affordable Hous...

February 1, 2016
By Marc Bussanich for LaborPress

New York, NY - Gary LaBarbera of the Building and Construction Trades, which is part of the North America's Building Trades Unions spoke on the steps of City Hall on Wednesday where he criticized Mayor Bill de Blasio’s affordable housing plan for being built on the backs of exploited workers. Real Affordability for All ‪#‎AffordableForWho. To See the Video Click On Link. To See Video Click Link

 

 

Licensing for Asbestos Contractors Needed

January 29, 2016
By Neal Tepel, LaborPress Editorial

New York, NY - Mandatory licensing is needed for all workers and companies involved in demolition and environmental remediation. License and monitoring is particularly important for contractors who work with asbestos containing materials so that workers are not put in harms way by unscrupulous contractors. Proper training from an approved instructional center or union should be required of all that work with asbestos materials.

On The Radio: 421-a, Cumberland Firings, And The Future Of Work

January 28, 2016
By Joe Maniscalco

Howard Styles.

New York, NY - Two feet of snow couldn’t keep NYC down, and it couldn’t keep LaborPress down — on this week’s installment of the LaborPress Radio Show/Podcast on WWRL 1600 AM, we look at how Gotham’s tallest buildings are continually able to withstand any emergency thanks to union training. We’ll also examine why the loss of over 300 jobs in Brooklyn may sour you on Sweet ’N Low forever. Assembly Member Walter Mosley also checks in with LaborPress for the first time to talk about life after 421-a, while Workforce Development Institute head Ed Murphy explores the ways organized labor needs to change in the 21st century. 

Elevator Safety Advocates Look To Beef Up Vacca Bill

January 22, 2015
By Joe Maniscalco 

The elevator death of a 25-year-old man inside this Broome St. complex is spurring calls for reforms.

New York, NY - The sponsor of a new bill aimed at improving elevator safety throughout the city says that he took the action because he is tired of waiting around for the state to do something about the alarming surge in building accidents — up a whopping 160 percent from 2009 to 2014, according to the FDNY. 

LP Radio Examines The Horse Carriage Deal And Flint's Water Scandal

January 21, 2016
By Joe Maniscalco

Local 553 Sec. Treasurer Demos Demopoulos and JC 16 Prez George Miranda protesting last year at City Hall.

New York, NY - The deal diffusing the long standoff between the de Blasio administration and horse carriage drivers has not come without controversy — but on this Sunday’s edition of the LaborPress Radio Show/Podcast on WWRL 1600 am, Teamsters Local 553 Secretary-Treasurer Demos Demopoulos says that the developing pact is meant to save the industry from extinction. We also find out if the Michigan Governor Rick Synder really is in danger of being arrested in connection with the Flint water scandal. 

 

Union Contract Key to Safety

January 20, 2016
By Micah Landau

Reprinted from NEW YORK TEACHER     http://www.uft.org/labor-spotlight
 

New York, NY - Five years after a West Virginia coal mine explosion killed 29 miners, a federal jury convicted the former CEO of Massey Energy of criminal conspiracy to violate mine safety standards. The trial laid bare rampant neglect of basic mine safety regulations. Over the years, thousands of violations involving ventilation and coal dust precautions had piled up at Upper Big Branch, the site of the disaster.

Vicious, Pernicious, and Meretricious: The Center for Union Facts

January 11, 2016
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

New York, NY- Over the last few months, a series of newspaper ads and a Times Square billboard have pictured the 21 white men who head New York City’s main building-trades unions, denouncing them for proclaiming that 65% of their apprentices are racial minorities while their leadership is “male, pale, and stale.”

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