Building Trades

Trump Starts Chipping Away At the House of Labor

January 26, 2017
By Joe Maniscalco
Reporter’s Notebook

Donald J. Trump: Divide and conquer?

Brooklyn, NY - Earlier this week, the leaders of several major unions reportedly exited a White House meeting with Donald Trump sounding upbeat and enthusiastic about the future — but it also looks like the meeting was actually the first step in Trump’s greater plan to divide and conquer the House of Labor. 

Construction Worker Fatalities On The Rise

January 26, 2017 
By Neal Tepel

New York, NY -Between 2011 and 2015, construction worker fatalities in New York state rose from 33 to 55, according to “Deadly Skyline,” a study recently released by the New York Committee for Occupational Safety & Health. Of those deaths, 25 were in New York City.

This Week's Blue Collar Buzz: Will the Presidency Tame Trump?

January 25, 2017
By Joe Maniscalco

Teamsters JC 16 President George Miranda with Bill and Neal.

New York, NY - On this week’s episode of LaborPress’ “Blue Collar Buzz” broadcasting Sunday night at 9 p.m. on AM970, we’re talking to Teamsters Joint Council 16 President George Miranda about the possibility of Donald Trump actually “growing into” the office of president. We’ll also find out why Robert Score, IATSE, Local One recording correspondence secretary believes now might be a “fantastic time” to finally advance the campaign for single-payer healthcare. ALIGN Campaign Coordinator Daisy Chung also talks about how working men and women in the Climate Works for All Coalition are fighting hard to make sure NYC communities benefit from the 10-year plan to erect solar panels on hundreds of public buildings.

NYC Building Trades Leads the Nation with Diversified Employment

January 25, 2017 
By Neal Tepel

New York, NY - The findings from the forthcoming  Columbia University report clearly  documents that Black workers are far more represented in the union construction workforce (21.2 percent) than in the nonunion construction workforce (15.8 percent) in New York City.

Blue Collar Backbone: Champions of NYC Construction Workers Arrested Outside Trump Tower

January 21, 2017
By Joe Maniscalco

Council member Menchaca is led away in handcuffs.

New York, NY -  Two members of the New York City Council spearheading legislative efforts to bring apprentice training to dangerous non-union construction sites around town where arrested in front of Trump Tower on Friday in defiance of the improbable new president’s virulent anti-worker agenda.

Construction Safety Act Calls for Apprentice Training!

January 20, 2017
By Joe Maniscalco

Organized labor is convinced apprentice training is needed on NYC construction sites.

New York, NY - Inside the package of construction safety bills introduced in the New York City Council this week, is the training and apprentice language that organized labor and other worker advocates have been clamoring for in the face of increasing worksite deaths on mostly non-union job sites. 

Construction Worker Advocates to Mayor de Blasio: Do More to Prevent Job Site Deaths!

January 19, 2017
By Joe Maniscalco

Pressure is on the City to respond to construction worker deaths.

New York, NY - The de Blasio administration insists it is cracking down on the building industry following the deaths of as many as 30 construction workers over the past 24 months — but worker advocates this week are saying, “Thanks — you’ve got to do more.” 

NYC Construction Workers Arrested in Act of Civil Disobedience!

January 19, 2017
By Joe Maniscalco

Construction worker Louis Colon peers out NYPD prison bus window.

New York, NY - Construction workers protesting as many as 30 industry deaths over the past 24 months were hauled away on an NYPD prison bus Wednesday morning after engaging in an act of civil disobedience in front of 23 Park Row.

NYC Mayor Selects M/WBE For Housing Construction

January 19, 2017  
By Dr. Leonard H. Golubchick

New York, NY - Mayor Bill de Blasio has selected eight Minority- and Women-Owned Business Enterprise teams to lead the construction of six new 100 percent affordable housing developments on vacant City-owned land.

'Affordable New York' Replaces 421-a

January 19, 2017  
By Stephanie West

Albany NY - The Real Estate Board of New York and the Building and Construction Trades Council of Greater New York reached a deal to replace the program previously known as 421-a. The legislation, "Affordable New York" expands the production of affordable housing and provides fair wages for construction workers.

After 34 Years Of ‘Keeping The Books’ For Both The Buffalo & Niagara County Building Trades Councils…

January 17, 2017
By Editor-Publisher Tom Campbell    

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Buffalo, NY -  When both the Buffalo and Niagara County Building & Construction Trades Councils reconvened this week for their first weekly meetings of 2017, a familiar and key face wasn’t there.

Affordable Housing in the Bronx

January 16, 2017 
By Dr. Leonard H. Golubchick

Bronx, NY - The start of construction on Bronx Commons – a 426,000 square foot, mixed-used development in the Melrose section of the Bronx has been announced by New York City.

NYC Councilman: ‘Those [Construction Worker] Deaths Are On Us’

January 13, 2017
By Joe Maniscalco

Candles on the steps of City Hall memorializing killed construction workers.

Brooklyn, NY - City Council Member Brad Lander [D-39th District] this week blamed a fervor to build at any cost for the deaths of as many as 30 construction workers killed on New York City jobsites over the last two years. 

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.

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