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City Council and Mayor Approves Landmark Construction Safety Legislation

City Council and Mayor Approves Landmark Construction Safety Legislation by Neal Tepel Following the tragic fire at the former Deutsche Bank building located at 130 Liberty Street that took the lives of firefighters Joseph Graffagnino Jr. and Robert Beddia, the Mayor ordered a comprehensive review of oversight and operations at construction, demolition, and abatement sites. …

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The Fight to Organize 99 Tenth Avenue

above: Local 94 Rep John Kramer and 99 Tenth Avenue Engineer Rashik Barber by Local 94, IUOE Local 94 brings a lot to the table: our members have substantial job security, good health and pension benefits, and are backed up by the best training programs in the City. But employers don’t always see it that…

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Union Busting Surge

Employers have been emboldened by the global economic and political climate to act more aggressively and more punitively against workers. That’s the conclusion of “No Holds Barred: The Intensification of Employer Opposition to Organizing,” a May study by Cornell University Professor Kate Bronfenbrenner. The study finds that private sector employer opposition to workers’ efforts to…

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Scoping Out the Stimulus Dollars

By J. Mijin ChaDirector of Campaign Research, Urban Agenda   The $787 billion American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) has been called an historic down-payment on a clean energy economy and an important engine for the creation of green collar jobs.  But what will recovery funds pay for in New York City and what kinds…

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Buildings Department Releases Findings from from Investigation into the Fatal Crane Collapse on East 51st Street

By Neal Tepel Investigative Report Finds Improper Rigging Operations as Cause of Collapse Following an extensive investigation by the New York City Buildings Department, it was concluded that improper rigging operations caused an 11,000-pound steel collar to fall March 15, 2008 while it was being connected to the building under construction. When the collar fell,…

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Mayor Bloomberg calls for federal crackdown on bogus OSHA classes

BY ERIN EINHORN, BRIAN KATES and GREG B. SMITH DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITERS Monday, February 2nd 2009, 3:28 AM Mayor Bloomberg called on the feds to crack down on bogus construction safety programs Sunday after a Daily News sting exposed trainers teaching crucial 10-hour courses in two hours. An undercover reporter attended what was supposed…

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