Building Trades

421-A Ends and NYC Housing Permits Down

August 7, 2016 
By Stephanie West

New York, NY - The number of residential permits issued by the New York City Department of Buildings (DOB) dropped by more than half in the 12 months after the demise of the 421-a program. During the 12-month period running from the anticipated expiration of the program on July 1, 2015 through June 30 of this year, the DOB authorized construction of 20,144 new units of housing in the five boroughs, a drop of 62 percent from the 52,618 residential permits that were issued between July 1, 2014 and June 30, 2015.

In Search of Affordable Housing and Good Jobs in NYC

August 5, 2016
By Joe Maniscalco

Union rally outside City Point apts. this week.

Brooklyn, NY - Talk about “A tale of two cities” — property service workers at Acadia Realty Trust’s City Point residential development in Downtown Brooklyn are, in some cases, earning half of what their counterparts earn right next door doing the very same jobs.  

Abused Workers Fight Back on This Week's 'Blue Collar Buzz'

August 4, 2016
By Joe Maniscalco

Bill Hohlfeld with Sokunbi Olufemi.

New York, NY - On this week’s episode of LaborPress’ “Blue Collar Buzz” one of the union leaders representing New York City’s Traffic and Sanitation Enforcement Agents has a very special message to incoming Police Commissioner James O’Neill. We also look at the dark side of one of Gotham’s ritziest addresses, as well as the City Point development in Downtown, Brooklyn where workers are fighting hard against poverty wages. Finally, we talk with the senior vice-president of General Vision Services to find out how his company is helping unions all over the metropolitan area deliver superior benefits to members. 

Middle-Class Jobs Killer Urged to Back Off

July 29, 2016
By Joe Maniscalco

Wages at the tony Hamilton apts. have been cut in half.

New York, NY - More than half of the New York City Council, four out of the five borough presidents and 21 members of the New York State Legislature are publicly calling on the new owners of an Upper East Side apartment house where property service workers have recently seen their middle-class salaries cut in half, to restore the wages and benefits that had allowed doormen and porters to raise their families. 

Bronx Ironworker Assaulted On Luxury Development Speaks Out

July 22, 2016
By Joe Maniscalco

Juan Paulino at home with sons Gabriel and Jeffrey.

Bronx, NY - A Bronx father of two who last week suffered a vicious assault at a construction site located just a block away from Trump Tower in Manhattan, is now speaking out about the horrific attack that shattered his lower right leg and thrust his continued career as an ironworker in serious jeopardy. 

Scaffold Law Critics Cry In the Face of NY Building Boom

July 19, 2016
By Joe Maniscalco 

Sadly, death is never far from NY construction workers...

New York, NY - News that New York’s construction industry is firing on all cylinders is bad news for opponents of Scaffold Law 240 — or at least it should be.

Canada's Energy East Project All Union

July 17, 2016
By Neal Tepel

Ottawa, CA - Negotiations by   Canada's Building Trades Unions (CBTU) has landed the TransCanada's signing of a Memorandum of Understanding.

Harco Construction Sentenced in Death of Construction Worker

July 16, 2016 
By Silver Krieger

New York, NY – Supporters on the side of Carlos Moncayo, the undocumented construction worker killed in April 2015, reacted with shock and anger Wednesday, July 13 th , when Judge Kirke Bartley handed down what they felt was a lenient sentence to general contractor Harco Construction.

Philly Girls Go to Building-Trades Camp

July 9, 2016 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Philadelphia, PA - With school out in Philadelphia, 18 girls in junior high and high school are going to summer camp to learn building-trades skills.

USW Pres. Leo Gerard; Bassist Ben Allison On 'Blue Collar Buzz!'

July 7, 2016 
By Joe Maniscalco 

New York - On this Sunday night’s all-new episode of LaborPress’ “Blue Collar Buzz” airing at 9 p.m. on AM970 TheAnswer. United Steelworkers International President Leo Gerard is talking Trump and the truth about so-called “free trade” in a special extended interview.

Buffalo Building Trades Picket Out-Of-Town Contractor At Canterbury

July 5, 2016 
By Editor-Publisher Tom Campbell   

Buffalo, NY - The Member Unions of the Buffalo Building & Construction Trades Council have started picketing the Canterbury Woods Construction Project in Buffalo, telling that an out-of-town contractor – identified as LECESSEE Construction of Rochester, is failing to hire any minorities, women and apprentices on the project.

Oregon AFL-CIO to Put Worker Housing in New Headquarters

July 3, 2016
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Portland, Oregon - When the Oregon AFL-CIO builds its new Portland offices next year, it plans to include up to 120 units of affordable housing.

Workers Leave Exploitation Behind; Join Steamfitters Local 638

July 2, 2016
By Joe Maniscalco

Proud new members of Steamfitters Local 638.

Queens, NY - For the past three weeks, a small group of four formerly non-union workers on a suspect job site in Long Island City have been experiencing life as members of Steamfitters 638 — and the difference, they say, has been like “earth and sky.”

WTC Developer Salutes Union Labor for Defying 9/11 Terrorists

June 24, 2016
By Joe Maniscalco

The last bucket of concrete at 3 WTC is readied for hoisting.

New York, NY - World Trade Center Developer Larry Silverstein on Thursday morning credited New York City’s unionized building trades for rebuilding “what the terrorists unsuccessfully tried to destroy forever” on September 11, 2001. 

'Blue Collar Buzz' Battles for The Middle Class

June 23, 2016
By Joe Maniscalco

BCB Hosts Neal Tepel and Bill Hohlfeld with OSA Chairman Robert Croghan.

New York, NY — On this week’s action-packed episode of LaborPress’ “Blue Collar Buzz” we’re looking at the ugly attack on middle class families presently taking place inside the luxurious Hamilton apartment building on the UES; the long-awaited restoration of the Employee Protection Provision for school bus drivers, attendants and mechanics; the historic agreement that’s lifting up school custodial engineers while simultaneously also saving money for the city; and the failed attempt to "raid" the Organization of Staff Analysts’ rank and file members. 

Legislature Fails to Pass Elevator Safety, Revive 421a, or Enable Uber

June 23, 2016
By Steven Wishnia

Albany, N.Y.—The New York state legislature failed to enact three bills that would have seriously affected labor in the session that ended June 19. An elevator-safety measure pushed by the International Union of Elevator Constructors passed the Assembly, but died in committee in the Senate.

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