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LaBarbera to Insurers: ‘Pay Your Bills!’
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LaBarbera to Insurers: ‘Pay Your Bills!’

May 11, 2013 By Marc Bussanich New York, NY—Nine years after an initial groundbreaking, building and construction workers installed the final section of the 408-foot mast atop One World Trade Center on Friday morning. At midday several hundred gathered at Coenties Slip Park to hear the president of the Building and Construction Trades Council, Gary…

Labor Reacts to TIAA-CREF’s New Stance On Development
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Labor Reacts to TIAA-CREF’s New Stance On Development

May 9, 2013 By Joe Maniscalco New York, NY – Organized labor groups in the city are applauding the second-largest pension fund in the world and its decision to no longer work with irresponsible contractors this week – even as the battle over the Queens construction "sweatshop" which served as the lightning rod for the…

NYC Construction Employment Improves
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NYC Construction Employment Improves

April 30, 2013 By Neal Tepel New York, NY – Private sector construction employment in New York City rose 2.4 percent in 2012 while wages have remained virtually unchanged, according to a New York Building Congress analysis of New York State Department of Labor employment statistics.

Building Trades to Brooklyn Bridge Park Peeps: ‘Plant Good Jobs!’
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Building Trades to Brooklyn Bridge Park Peeps: ‘Plant Good Jobs!’

April 25, 2013 By Joe Maniscalco Brooklyn, NY – Build Up NYC, the broad alliance of labor organizations opposing developers who routinely shortchange workers citywide, delivered thousands of post cards to the Brooklyn Bridge Park Board on Wednesday afternoon, all urging the governing body of the 17-acre recreational site to help “plant good jobs” on…

Out-And-Out Terrible: Boos for Non-Union Outlet Mall
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Out-And-Out Terrible: Boos for Non-Union Outlet Mall

April 19, 2013 By Joe Maniscalco Bronx, NY – The new outlet mall slated to replace the Whitestone Multiplex Cinemas on Bruckner Boulevard promises a spate of new construction jobs, and has some elected officials practically giddy with anticipation. But the developer’s suspect record of building in New York City has others convinced that those same jobs…

Fired Workers Sound Sour Note at Arias Apartments
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Fired Workers Sound Sour Note at Arias Apartments

April 18, 2013 By Marc Bussanich Brooklyn, NY—Building services workers were fired on February 28 for organizing themselves to demand their employer pay them higher wages mandated by law. The 421-a legislation provides tax incentives to real estate developers so long as they pay prevailing wages of about $22 an hour. According to the fired…

Building Trades Jeer Rise of Low-Wage Construction Jobs
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Building Trades Jeer Rise of Low-Wage Construction Jobs

April 18, 2013 By Marc Bussanich New York, NY—Members of the New York City Building Trades rallied outside the properties of family-owned Reider Holdings and Sam Zell’s Equity Residential on the West Side to protest the developers’ refusal to hire union ironworkers, plumbers and sheet metal workers. (Watch Video)

BP Stringer Calls For Transportation Expansion At Penn
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BP Stringer Calls For Transportation Expansion At Penn

April 5, 2013 New York, NY – Calling for an ambitious Moynihan-Penn Station Master Plan to spur economic development and transportation growth, Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer issued Uniform Land Use Review Procedure (ULURP) recommendations that would limit Madison Square Garden’s special-use permit to ten years, rather than “in perpetuity.”

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