Building Trades

AFL-CIO Housing Investment Trust Rehabilitates Apartments for Seniors

January 9, 2016
By John Quinn, LaborPress USA

San Jose, CA- The AFL-CIO Housing Investment Trust (HIT) has invested $24.9 million in the rehabilitation of the Casa del Pueblo apartments, a 165-unit, 12-story building in San Jose's Central Business District that provides affordable housing for seniors. The project will create an estimated 218 union construction jobs.

Elevator Safety Act Advocates Confident Bill Will Pass

January 8, 2016
By Joe Maniscalco 

Outside the building complex where Stephen Hewitt-Brown died on New Year's Eve.

New York, NY - Advocates for a bill subjecting elevator mechanics to special training and licensing are confident they finally have enough support to successfully push the measure through the State Legislature.

Uber, Elevators And More On LP Radio!

January 7, 2016
By Joe Maniscalco

Mike Halpin and Mark Gregorio talk elevator safety.

New York, NY - On this week’s edition of the LaborPress Radio Show/Podcast we look into the pending Elevator Safety Bill which, if passed, could vastly improve training and advert several of the deadly accidents that have taken place in recent months. We also delve deep into the so-called “share economy” and what Uber’s economic model really means for workers actually trying to earn a living here in NYC, and elsewhere.  

Protecting Tenants from Landlords Breaking the Law 

January 7, 2016
By NYC Public Advocate Letitia James 

New York, NY - As we start the new year, I am more committed than ever to do all in my power to protect tenants and go after landlords who are breaking the law. That's why I am proud to announce two new pieces of legislation that will help us crack down on illegal activity.

RAB and 32BJ Working Together Strengthens Our Industry

December 29, 2015
By John Banks

New York, NY - The Realty Advisory Board on Labor Relations (RAB) has announced that it had reached a tentative four-year labor agreement with SEIU Local 32BJ, the union representing the commercial building service workers in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, and Staten Island.

NYC Construction Projects Increase

December 26, 2015
Stephanie West

New York, NY - During the first half of 2015 New York City construction starts reached $22.2 billion. This compared to $26.2 billion for all of 2014.  Manhattan accounted for 53 percent of the construction starts by value, followed by Brooklyn at 24 percent and Queens at 16 percent. A total of $10.5 billion in residential projects was commenced in the first half of this year, compared to $11.9 billion for all of 2014 and $6.9 billion during 2013.

Building Congress Design Competition Winners

December 23, 2015
By Tara Jessup

New York, NY - The New York Building Congress has announced four winners from its Construction Shed Design Competition. This will be an attractive alternatives to the confining and often forbidding structures that currently cover nearly 200 miles of sidewalks throughout the five boroughs.The Construction Shed Design Competition was spearheaded by the Building Congress Task Force on Innovation and Best Practices and the New York Building Foundation.

Burn the TPP

December 20, 2015
By Leo W. Gerard, President, Steelworkers
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Washington DC - Middle America is smoldering. For too long, average citizens worked harder and produced more, yet corporations cut pay and benefits, off-shore community-sustaining factories, kill family-supporting jobs and crush opportunity.

LP Radio Show/Podcast Rewinds 2015!

December 17, 2015
By Joe Maniscalco

It's time to take a look back at the year that was in organized labor.

New York, NY - This past year has been an exciting time for the labor movement — epitomized by the Fight For $15 movement sweeping the nation — there is a real sense that after decades on the downside, trade unionism is starting to gain real momentum once again. And this week on the LaborPress Radio Show/Podcast, we welcome WIN correspondent-extraordinaire Doug Cunningham to give his unique perspective on some of the biggest labor victories that happened across the country in 2015.

UNITE HERE organizes Chicago’s Hotel Monaco

December 17, 2015
 By John Quinn

Chicago IL – After organizing since November 2014, workers in the housekeeping department at the Hotel Monaco voted in favor of joining UNITE HERE Local 1. With this vote, the Monaco becomes the third unionized hotel operated by Kimpton Hotel and Restaurant Group in Chicago, after the Hotel Palomar and Hotel Allegro, also represented by Local 1.

San Diego OKs Development That Divided Unions

December 15, 2015
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

San Diego  CA - The City Council voted 8-1 Dec. 8 to begin negotiations on constructing a hotel, office, and housing complex downtown that is expected to cost almost $400 million.

AFL-CIO Trust Partners: This Is How You Do Affordable Housing

December 14, 2015
By Joe Maniscalco 

Public Advocate Tish James: Build it union!

New York, NY - No one mentioned Mayor Bill de Blasio by name at Saturday’s ceremony heralding the new $300 million partnership between the AFL-CIO Housing Investment Trust [HIT] and NYC houses of worship, but Hizzoner’s ears still must have been ringing. 

Labor-Church Coalition Announces $300M Housing Plan

December 14, 2015
By Steven Wishnia

Can an alliance of carpenters and churches help solve New York City’s housing crisis?

NY Building Trades President Gary LaBarbera signs affordable housing compact.

That was the hope expressed at Riverside Church Dec. 12, when the AFL-CIO Housing Investment Trust and the United Clergy Task Force, a coalition of religious institutions and labor unions, announced plans to invest $300 million to build affordable housing and community facilities at seven sites in Brooklyn, the Bronx, and Jersey City. The projects are expected to create more than 800 apartments, 1,400 union jobs, and apprenticeships for neighborhood residents.

Construction Workers Are Dying - Where's The Outrage?

December 11, 2015
By Joe Maniscalco

Symbolic black hardhats and coffins symbolize the problem with non-union construction.

New York, NY - Black and white hardhats — the former symbolizing the roughly 30 construction workers killed on job sites throughout the city since 2013, and the latter representing the sorrow of those left behind to mourn them — were the order of the day on Thursday as thousands filled the streets around City Hall calling for safer building practices.

LP Radio Tackles Union Bashers & Pension Busters

December 10, 2015
By Joe Maniscalco 

Talking crane safety with IUOE Local 14's Allen Wright (center).

New York, NY - Trade unionists still seething over that Times Square billboard subverting the “Black Lives Matter” movement while also accusing organized labor of racial bias in the construction industry, will want to tune into this Sunday morning’s edition of the LaborPress Radio Show/Podcast on WWRL 1600 AM. IUOE Local 14 Director of Industry Advancement Allen Wright has a few choice words on the matter, in addition to talking about what operating a crane in New York City is really all about. We’ve also got fighting labor attorney Tom Kennedy discussing “double breasting” and the continuing threat to collectively bargained pensions. 

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.

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