Building Trades

Landlords Receiving Tax Incentives Must Follow Guidelines

December 9, 2015
Stephanie West, LaborPress NY

New York, NY – Because of initiatives by the New York State Attorney General,  landlords receiving lucrative tax benefits under Section 421-a of the New York Real Property Tax Law are now registering 1,823 market-rate apartments across New York City as rent-stabilized. As a result, affected tenants in all five boroughs will enjoy the protections of rent-stabilized leases on their apartments for the first time.

McConnell Blocks Health Care for 9/11 First Responders

December 7, 2015
By Kenneth Quinnell

Reprinted:     http://AFLCIO.ORG   

Washington, DC - It's hard to imagine a valid reason why Republican Mitch McConnell would block legislation whose purpose is to help the first responders and other victims of the 9/11 terror attacks, but he's doing it anyway.

The Cadillac Tax Must Be Repealed Now

December 5, 2015
By LIUNA President Terry O'Sullivan

Washington, D.C. – The U.S. Senate acted with great courage and resolve in voting for the Heller amendment to repeal the so-called Cadillac tax.

Kuba Brown: Training the Next Generation of Operating Engineers

November 18, 2015
By Steven Wishnia

“There’s no more career helpers in our business,” says Kuba Brown, head of Local 94 of the International Union of Operating Engineers. To get and keep jobs in today’s buildings, he adds, members need “to stay on top of all the latest innovations in the world.”

Ohio Plumbers Get $163,000 for Training

November 18, 2015
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 577 in Portsmouth, Ohio will receive $163,000 to expand welder training, in a grant announced Nov. 13.

Improving the Life of Working People Edward Doyle: A profile

November 13, 2015
By Bill Hohlfeld, LaborPress NY

On a quiet stretch of road, just off Route 9A in Westchester County, behind a neat and orderly desk, sits Edward Doyle, President of the Building and ConstructionTrades Council of Westchester and Putnam Counties.

Iron Workers Training Gains Recognition in Construction Industry

November 11, 2015
By Bob Levine, LaborPress USA

San Diego, California - The California Field Ironworkers Training Trust leaders cut the ribbon October 27, 2015 on a new state-of-the-art training center in San Diego, California. The “University of Iron,” is the training and apprenticeship program for Iron Workers Local 229.

The President Has Thrown Working People Under the Bus  

November 9, 2015
By President of LIUNA Terry O’Sullivan

Washington, D.C. - President Obama today demonstrated that he cares more about kowtowing to green-collar elitists than he does about creating desperately needed, family-supporting, blue-collar jobs.After a seven-year circus of cowardly delay, the President’s decision to kill the Keystone XL Pipeline is just one more indication of an utter disdain and disregard for salt-of-the-earth, middle-class working Americans.

NYC to Repair Broken Elevators

November 9, 2015
By Tara Jessup

New York, NY - Mayor Bill de Blasio has signed into law Council Member James Vacca’s legislation that will allow the Department of Housing Preservation & Development (HPD) to repair broken elevators under their Emergency Repair Program.

LP Radio Week 3: Helmets to Hardhats...And So Much More!

November 5, 2015
By Joe Maniscalco

Bill Hohlfeld, Anne Trenkle and Neal Tepel.

New York, NY - Wide ranging discussions with the heads of New York State Helmets to Hardhats, Henry Van Arsdale Jr. Center for Labor Studies at Empire State College, and the Safety Professional Association — in addition to a national labor report from the Workers Independent News [WIN] network and segments with two military veterans making the transition into civilian life — all made week three of LaborPress Radio the most diverse episode yet. 

 Michigan IBEW Advances Green-Energy Apprenticeship

November 5, 2015
Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 252 in Michigan has created a green-energy apprenticeship at its training center in Ann Arbor. The building has two new 30-foot wind turbines and a bank of 60 solar panels at its entrance, capable of providing 16.8 kilowatts of solar electricity and 2.4 KW of wind power.

Cheating Contractor Has Spent 50 Years Working For NYC

November 3, 2015
By Joe Maniscalco 

The city's latest disbarred contractor spent decades working on public schools.

New York, NY - The latest big-time contractor ordered to take a time-out after cheating workers out of their hard-earned pay has spent the last 50 years working on public school properties, court papers reveal. 

Private Investment Propels NYC Construction

November 2, 2015
By Stephanie West

New York, NY - Thanks to a white-hot residential market and the strongest level of office construction in a quarter century, New York City construction activity has returned to the heights achieved at the peak of the previous building boom in 2007 and 2008, according to New York City Construction Outlook 2015-2017, an annual forecast and analysis prepared by the New York Building Congress with support from the New York Building Foundation.

LaborPress Is On The Air!

October 26, 2015
By Joe Maniscalco

LP publisher Neal Tepel behind the mic.

New York, NY - LaborPress is premiering a hard-hitting new radio talk show at WWRL 1600 am this week. Hosted by LP’s own publisher Neal Tepel, the weekly program will delve deep into the challenges gripping today’s complex workplace and feature the most prominent voices in the labor movement. 

NYC Council Legislation to Prevent Wage Theft in Construction

Ocotber 21, 2015
By Tara Jessup

New York City, NY – On October 14th, the New York City Council, introduced legislation that seeks to bring greater transparency and accountability to the Housing Preservation Department (HPD). This legislation will create an “ombudsman” position within HPD that is responsible for tracking issues with contractors related to wage theft, labor violations, or shoddy construction.

Construction Worker Dies at Yale University

October 21, 2015
By John Quinn, LaborPress USA

Yale University, Conn. - A worker and member of the International Brotherhood-Boilermakers union, fell to his death at Yale power plant at Yale University on Saturday October 17th. The 53-year-old subcontractor fell 60-feet  while working for International Chimney on a project to upgrade the power plant. New Haven firefighters arrived  shortly after the accident.

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