Building Trades

Local 28 Sheet Metal Workers Answer NYS’ Emergency Call for New Hospitals – Stat!
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Local 28 Sheet Metal Workers Answer NYS’ Emergency Call for New Hospitals – Stat!

New York, NY – In early April, it became abundantly clear to Governor Andrew Cuomo that New York State would need to construct several temporary hospitals fast — in order to confront the COVID-19 crisis. Four locations throughout New York City and Long Island where selected for construction. Local 28 Sheet Metal Union members worked…

Notorious NYC ‘Body Shop’ Settles Sexual Harassment Suit Involving 18 Female Construction Workers
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Notorious NYC ‘Body Shop’ Settles Sexual Harassment Suit Involving 18 Female Construction Workers

NEW YORK, N.Y.—A leading supplier of low-wage labor to major construction projects has agreed to pay $1.5 million to settle sexual-harassment complaints 18 women workers filed with the New York State Attorney General’s office. Attorney General Letitia James announced the deal with TradeOff on July 13. The company, based in Lynbrook, Long Island, also agreed…

Why We Choose To Go Union
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Why We Choose To Go Union

There is a longtime misconception about trade workers and their education. These ideas date back as far as the separation between white collar and blue. However, in an effort to move beyond the bias of both educational and social snobbery, there is a misunderstanding that exists in the fields of labor. First and foremost, there…

Workers Demand New York State Force Employers to Provide On-the-Job Protections As Reopening Progresses
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Workers Demand New York State Force Employers to Provide On-the-Job Protections As Reopening Progresses

Queens, NY – This week, a cross-section of essential workers throughout the city gathered in Jackson Heights, Queens, one of the hardest hit communities during the coronavirus pandemic, to demand New York State pass new legislation compelling employers to provide them with necessary protective gear as New York City enters Phase 3 of its reopening…

Social Distancing Challenges NYC Carpenters Trying to Work Safe During COVID-19 Crisis
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Social Distancing Challenges NYC Carpenters Trying to Work Safe During COVID-19 Crisis

NEW YORK, N.Y.—“Construction is a very difficult job to do social distancing on,” New York City District Council of Carpenters President Paul Capurso tells LaborPress. But as the construction industry recovers from its epidemic-peak nadir, the union is relying on protective gear and education to keep its members safe.  Capurso took office in early March,…

New City Budget Could Ax 1 Out of Every 15 City Workers
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New City Budget Could Ax 1 Out of Every 15 City Workers

NEW YORK, N.Y.—The coronavirus-austerity budget passed by the City Council July 1 could result in one out of every 15 city workers being laid off if labor costs aren’t cut by $1 billion within three months—and the unions representing them aren’t happy about that. “That’s a thank-you we get for fighting the virus,” Uniformed Sanitationmen’s…

Supreme Court Delays Decision on Taking ‘Janus II’ Case
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Supreme Court Delays Decision on Taking ‘Janus II’ Case

WASHINGTON—The Supreme Court won’t decide whether to take the case dubbed “Janus II” until at least this fall. Mark Janus, plaintiff in the Court’s 2018 Janus v. AFSCME Council 31 decision that ruled public-sector workers could not be required to pay “fair-share fees” to the union representing them, filed a follow-up suit demanding that Council…

32BJ Rallies Behind NYC Security Officers Suffering Under Unequal ‘Caste System’
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32BJ Rallies Behind NYC Security Officers Suffering Under Unequal ‘Caste System’

NEW YORK, N.Y.—Chanting “Equal Pay for Equal Work,” about 60 32BJ SEIU members rallied outside a Manhattan homeless shelter June 24, demanding that privately run shelters that receive city funds pay their security officers the same wages that guards at city-run shelters get. “This double standard is unfair,” 32BJ vice president Denis Johnston, head of…

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