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Green New Deal Town Hall At 32BJ Does Little To Win Over Labor Skeptics
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Green New Deal Town Hall At 32BJ Does Little To Win Over Labor Skeptics

New York, NY – Despite a profound need to confront climate change charging the room — Friday night’s Green New Deal Town Hall at 32BJ’s W18th Street HQ, demonstrated the movement’s frustrating failure to fully draft organized labor into the cause.  Earlier this month, the AFL-CIO’s Climate Committee penned a letter to Green New Deal…

‘Hardhat Mass’ Mourns Workers Killed On The Job
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‘Hardhat Mass’ Mourns Workers Killed On The Job

NEW YORK, N.Y.—Bagpipes skirled on the steps of St. Patrick’s Cathedral Apr. 25, and the funereal thump of bass drums resounded off the high vaulted ceilings as International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 3’s kilt-clad pipe band marched in. They were followed by a procession of carpenters, ironworkers, insulators, laborers, operating engineers, and more for…

Workers Memorial Week: Time For Real Reflection
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Workers Memorial Week: Time For Real Reflection

New York, NY – This past week, the mournful wail of bagpipes honoring New York City construction workers killed or injured on the job were once again forced to compete with the rising lamentations of deep pocketed industry executives bemoaning the economic costs of enacting enhanced safety regulations.  Never mind how incremental and insufficient any…

Laborers Graduate Apprentices, Urge Union-Built Affordable Housing
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Laborers Graduate Apprentices, Urge Union-Built Affordable Housing

NEW YORK, N.Y.–The about 60 Laborers International Union apprentices lined up in a side room at St. Vartan Armenian Cathedral in Manhattan Apr. 17, clad in brilliant saffron-orange caps and gowns.  “When you graduate, you’re part of this forever,” Local 79 apprentice coordinator Timmy Valentine told them. They marched into the cathedral’s main room, chanting…

More Death On The Job: ‘Somebody Needs To Speak To It’
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More Death On The Job: ‘Somebody Needs To Speak To It’

New York, NY – “Somebody needs to pass a law saying this can’t happen anymore.” That’s how Donald Nesbit, Local 372 executive vice-president, is reacting to the death of his friend since childhood, Gregory Echevarria — one of a trio of construction workers tragically killed on non-union job sites last week.  Nesbit and Echevarria grew…

NABTU Prez Calls Infrastructure Renewal ‘Critical’
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NABTU Prez Calls Infrastructure Renewal ‘Critical’

“We want all of our resources to support our value and that includesleveraging our own money while also securing competitive returns,” saidNABTU President Sean McGarvey on April 9, 2019 as McGarvey kicked off theannual North America’s Building Trades Unions’ Washington D.C. Conference. More than 2,000 construction workers and industry leaders attended thisyear’s NABTU legislative conference…

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