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Time Ticks Down On The Battle For Staten Island!
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Time Ticks Down On The Battle For Staten Island!

October 25, 2013 By Joe Maniscalco Staten Island, NY – With only a handful of days left before the City Council votes on a $550 million plan to construct the world’s largest Ferris wheel, a 200-room hotel and a designer outlet mall on the languishing north shore of the borough, organized labor is striking back at the…

Will Brooklyn Bridge Park Go Workers’ Way?
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Will Brooklyn Bridge Park Go Workers’ Way?

October 23, 2013 By Joe Manisclaco Brooklyn, NY – The directors of the Brooklyn Bridge Park [BBP] are being urged to “change course” this week and adopt a responsible set of development guidelines for a still-evolving section of the waterfront space that is slated to become a major source of revenue for the project. Watch Video

Related Strives to Build Faster, Cheaper and Better
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Related Strives to Build Faster, Cheaper and Better

October 22, 2013 By Marc Bussanich New York, NY—Jay Cross, president of the Related Companies’ Hudson Yards Project, gave a riveting account last week of the extraordinary challenges involved to build and lease 17 million square feet of residential and commercial space on the West Side while Related always looks for ways to build faster,…

NYC’s Building Boom Demands Dedicated Infrastructure Funds
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NYC’s Building Boom Demands Dedicated Infrastructure Funds

October 18, 2013 By Marc Bussanich New York, NY—Construction activity is booming in New York and construction spending is projected to grow to as much as $37 billion by 2015, according to the New York Building Congress. Residential construction is leading the charge but the Congress is concerned about a reduction in government spending on…

Municipalities in California Must Pay Prevailing Rate
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Municipalities in California Must Pay Prevailing Rate

October 15, 2013 By Neal Tepel Governor Jerry Brown signed SB 7 October 13th into law, effectively mandating the payment of prevailing rate by all Municipalities in California including charter cities. The law explicitly targets cities that have voter-approved provisions in their charters that authorize the optional use of prevailing wage.

Workers: Poor Training Endangers S.I. Redevelopment
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Workers: Poor Training Endangers S.I. Redevelopment

October 7, 2013 By Joe Maniscalco New York, NY – Three years ago, Jeannette Harjo-Cobb – a Local 20 carpenter from Staten Island – was part of a highly-trained safety crew that helped avert disaster at One World Trade Center when a fellow construction worker fell, but was saved thanks to painstaking precautions taken prior…

Cilento Testifies on Tax Policies at NYS Senate Hearing
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Cilento Testifies on Tax Policies at NYS Senate Hearing

October 7, 2013 By Stephanie West New York, NY – New York State AFL-CIO President Mario Cilento testified on October 4th at a joint hearing on existing tax policy and reform initiatives held by the New York State Senate Committee on Finance and the Committee on Investigations and Government Operations. In the wake of burgeoning…

Cement League Hardens for Cuts
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Cement League Hardens for Cuts

October 3, 2013 By Marc Bussanich New York—On hallowed ground in Lower Manhattan on Thursday morning about 200 carpenters with the New York City District Council of Carpenters working at the World Trade Center Transportation Hub went on strike because negotiations broke down with the Cement League. Watch Video

U.S. House of Reps in Political Knots
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U.S. House of Reps in Political Knots

October 2, 2013 By General President of LIUNA Terry O’Sullivan Washington, D.C. – "It is exasperating that the U.S. House of Representatives has become so tied in political knots that it can no longer do its job and pass legislation to fund programs and services it has already authorized and to prevent a shutdown of…

Strike Hangs Over Bronx Housing Complex
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Strike Hangs Over Bronx Housing Complex

September 30, 2013 By Joe Maniscalco Bronx, NY – The maintenance crew at Concourse Village’s almost 1900-unit housing complex on Morris Avenue is closer to going out on strike after the board refused to allow the union’s secretary-treasurer to address them at a town hall meeting held on Thursday night. Watch Video

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