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BCB Confronts the New Year - and the New Threat Against Labor

December 29, 2016
By Joe Maniscalco

It's a whole new year for Blue Collar Buzz!

New York, NY - LaborPress’ Blue Collar Buzz is kicking off 2017 this Sunday night at 9 p.m. on AM970 with a frank and sobering discussion about the threat facing the House of Labor today with noted author Bill Fletcher. We’ll also be talking about housing recovery four years after Hurricane Sandy with Build It Back head Amy Peterson, as well as help for injured workers with labor attorney Howard Raphaelson. 

Deaths of 29 Construction Workers Spurs New Legislation

December 17, 2016
By Joe Maniscalco 

Candlelight vigil honors the deaths of 29 NYC construction workers.

New York, NY - The deaths of 29 construction workers killed on mostly non-union job sites around town over the last two years, has led to the creation of new legislation set to debut in early 2017, that seeks to require apprentice training on certain types of new developments citywide.

City Cracks Down on Building Owners Abusing 421-a Program

December 14, 2016 
By Stephanie West

New York, NY - The New York City Department of Finance has sent letters notifying owners of 3,103 multi-family rental buildings, with 37,141 apartments, that their 421-a tax benefits will be suspended if they don’t comply with the requirements of the 421-a program.

Major Investments In NYC Hospitals

December 9, 2016 
By Stephanie West

New York, NY - New York City’s hospitals are expected to invest $6.3 billion on construction projects in 2016 and 2017, according to Healthy City: Inside New York City’s Hospital Building Boom, a new report from the New York Building Congress.

NYCHA Completes Roof Replacements At Queens Bridge Houses

December 4, 2016 
By Stephanie West

New York, NY -  NYCHA has completed comprehensive roof replacement work at Queensbridge Houses – months ahead of schedule – bringing major capital upgrades and improved quality of life to more than 6,500 residents.

Pipeline a plus for Pennsylvania

December 3, 2016 
By James Kunz Jr

Pittsburgh, PA - According to the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, pipelines are the safest way to transport energy resources.

Building Owners Must Comply with 421a

November 29, 2016
By Neal Tepel

New York, NY - At a recent press conference at City Hall,  Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that the Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) would be issuing letters to building owners that  their 421a tax benefits would be revoked unless they complied with the program guidelines, including registering their apartments as rent-regulated.

Carlo Scissura Named Building Congress President

November 22, 2016  
By Stephanie West

New York, NY - Carlo A. Scissura will succeed Richard T. Anderson, who has served as President of the New York Building Congress for the past 23 years. Mr. Scissura, who has served as President and CEO of the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce since 2012, will take over on January 1, 2017. At that time, Mr. Anderson will assume the title of President Emeritus and continue to serve the Building Congress as a consultant. 

Building Trades, REBNY Reach Deal on Construction Tax Break

November 15, 2016 
By Steven Wishnia

New York City’s building-trades unions announced an agreement with real-estate developers Nov. 10 that could revive the 421-a program, which gives more than $1 billion a year in city property-tax exemptions for new apartment construction.

Expediting 'Build It Back’ Construction Work

November 11, 2016  
By Neal Tepel

New York, NY -  New York City legislation has been passed that will expedite approval of demolition and construction work performed by City-procured contractors under the Build it Back program.

Workers Rally to Protest NYSAFAH Awards Gala

November 8, 2016  
By Silver Krieger

New York, NY – Hundreds of workers, including Ironworkers, Insulators, Laborers, and others from the NYC Building Trades, as well as members of community coalitions and alliances gathered outside of the Yale Club in Manhattan on Thursday, November 3rd, to protest the New York State Association for Affordable Housing (NYSAFAH) annual awards gala.

NYC Construction Projects Continue to Gain

November 6, 2016 
By Stephanie West

New York, NY - New York City's public and private institutions initiated $4.6 billion in construction projects in 2015 and $26.1 billion over an eight-year period between July 2008 and June 2016. The $4.6 billion in 2015 project starts represents the highest yearly total since at least 2009.

LP Spotlight on 'Woman Missing: A Mill Town Mystery'

November 2, 2016
By Katrina Hohlfeld

Editor’s Note: The following is a review of Linda Nordquist's intriguing debut novel called ‘Woman Missing: A Mill Town Mystery.’ Nordquist is a former steelworker and ‘Woman Missing’ is out now on Hard Ball Press — a publishing house dedicated to helping working class people like Nordquist tell their stories.

'Woman Missing' is available now.

Trouble stirs in the small steel town of Braddock, PA. Returning after twenty years to discover the truth about her mother’s disappearance, the fiery young psychologist Cory Johnson is drawn into a sinister web of violence, prejudice, and corruption. Cory’s investigation slowly uncovers the threads of this web, revealing the dastardly truth behind Ginny Johnson’s disappearance and exposing Cory to the same dangers. She must call upon new friends, her mother’s legacy, and her own resourcefulness in hopes of escaping a similar fate. In a fast-paced, carefully constructed mystery, Nordquist brings her readers into the world of the mill, where steel is not the only thing being molded. 

Blue Collar Buzz Sits Down With the Sandhogs and More!

November 2, 2016
By Joe Maniscalco

Blue Collar Buzz visits NYC's Sandhogs.

New York, NY - Few New Yorkers realize the scope of construction going on around the clock beneath their feet — but on this week’s episode of LaborPress’ “Blue Collar Buzz” airing Sunday night at 9 p.m. on AM970 The Answer, we’re sitting down with Local 147 Business Manager Richard Fitzsimmons to find out what it’s really like working as a subterranean “sandhog” beneath New York City. We’re also talking with attorney Alexander H. Schmidt about the U.S. Supreme Court’s impact on working men and women across the country, as well as Alliance for American Manufacturing President Scott Paul who tells us about the organization’s new “Faces of Steel” campaign. We also have an eclusive interview with DC37 Executive Director Henry Garrido. 

Women Move Into Massachusetts Building Trades

November 2, 2016  
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Boston, MA - Massachusetts has become one of the leaders at employing women in the nearly all-male building trades. In 2015, women filled more than 6% of apprentice positions in the state, a 50% increase from 2012.

Iron Workers President Says Leaders Must Be Better Union Advocates

October 28, 2016
By Joe Maniscalco 

Eric Dean.

New York, NY - In aggregate, the Building Trades could be considered the 4th largest school district in North America with a $90 million annual investment in training coming from the International Association of Bridge, Structural, Ornamental and Reinforcing Iron Workers, AFL-CIO alone.

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