Building Trades

Sheet Metal Apprentice Stays on the Job During the Pandemic Helping to Strengthen Area Hospitals
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Sheet Metal Apprentice Stays on the Job During the Pandemic Helping to Strengthen Area Hospitals

New York, NY – Amanda Filpo is on the verge of completing her five-year apprenticeship as a Local 28 Sheet Metal worker — and she’s earned it.  Filpo graduated from the Nontraditional Employment for Women [NEW] Building Trades program nearly seven years ago, and will be becoming a mechanic in August.  She continues working 10-…

NYC Carpenters Put 1,000 Bags of Groceries into the Hands of Families Struggling During the COVID-19 Pandemic
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NYC Carpenters Put 1,000 Bags of Groceries into the Hands of Families Struggling During the COVID-19 Pandemic

New York, NY – The NYC & Vicinity District Council of Carpenters [NYCDCC] recently partnered with Catholic Charities Brooklyn & Queens to donate 1,000 bags of groceries and food vouchers to more than 1,500 families in need in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. Approximately, 20 members of the union — all of them proud Brooklynites — volunteered…

IBEW Local 3 Apprentice Returns to Work After Monthlong Furlough
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IBEW Local 3 Apprentice Returns to Work After Monthlong Furlough

New York, NY – Elsie Ingabire had steady work after graduating from NEW’s [Nontraditional Employment for Women] Building Trades program. But then the COVID–19 pandemic hit town. Ingabire left her construction job at Rockefeller Center on a Friday evening in early March, when she got a call from a supervisor telling her she was being…

Unions Share Groceries With Non-Union Brothers & Sisters in Construction
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Unions Share Groceries With Non-Union Brothers & Sisters in Construction

New York, NY – Day laborers in Queens, the borough hardest hit by COVID-19, are out of work, but they are not being forgotten. Brothers and sisters from Laborers Local 79 and the New Immigrant Community Empowerment group [NICE], along with Councilman Francisco Moya (D-Corona) recently teamed up to deliver vital groceries to families in…

As Pandemic Continues, Unions Urge End to Ban on Electronic Representation Voting
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As Pandemic Continues, Unions Urge End to Ban on Electronic Representation Voting

WASHINGTON—With in-person voting hampered by social distancing, a group of 14 major labor unions is urging Congress to direct the National Labor Relations Board [NLRB] to develop procedures for electronic voting in union-representation elections, which is currently prohibited. “During the COVID-19 crisis, it’s more important than ever that workers have the right to form unions…

Building Service Workers Plead for Help Amidst Layoffs And Deaths
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Building Service Workers Plead for Help Amidst Layoffs And Deaths

New York, NY – Essential building service workers left out of previous economic recovery packages that sent untold billions of dollars to corporations are hoping against hope that this time around, there will be something in it for them.  32BJ SEIU [Service Employees International Union] has already lost as many a 100 members up and down the east…

The Importance of Planning
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The Importance of Planning

The term essential worker has become an interesting subject. To be essential means absolutely necessary. As for workers, this ranges from grocery store clerks to gas station attendants, postal service, of course, health care and fire safety. The list of essential workers is long. As well, the list of infections to essential workers is equally…

Viveka Health Offers Free Mobile App to Relay Critical Information in Real-Time to Furloughed, Laid Off and Remote Workers
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Viveka Health Offers Free Mobile App to Relay Critical Information in Real-Time to Furloughed, Laid Off and Remote Workers

Labor unions, TPAs, and employers responsible for employee benefits, policies and services struggle to meaningfully reach beneficiaries. They should adopt real-time, mobile solutions to communicate and exchange essential data with workers who have been laid-off, furloughed or forced to work remotely. During the Covid-19 crisis Viveka Health is donating its applications to those groups needing…

Out of Work, New Yorkers Call for Rent Cancellation on May Day
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Out of Work, New Yorkers Call for Rent Cancellation on May Day

New York, NY – Thousands of Americans took to the streets and the virtual world for the #CancelRent strike on May Day — the international holiday celebrating workers from around the world.  While some workers from the Big Apple from the Housing Justice for All campaign and the Right to Counsel NYC Coalition protested outside…

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