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One WTC, Where the View is Never Boring
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One WTC, Where the View is Never Boring

June 12, 2013 By Marc Bussanich New York, NY—John Schaffner has to contend with some headaches getting to work—a 61 mile drive from the quaint town of Cornwall, New York to Journal Square where he then hops on a PATH train to his office at the top of One World Trade Center. Watch Video

Scaffold Law protects New York workers
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Scaffold Law protects New York workers

June 12, 2013 By Edward J. Walsh, President New York State Ironworkers District Council In 2011, there were 721 fatal construction injuries in the country, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Between 2009 and 2011, there were 101 deaths in New York state alone. But despite the dangers inherent at construction sites, a small…

USW Urges New York MTA to Reconsider Rebuilding Verrazano-Narrows Bridge with Domestic, not Chinese Steel
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USW Urges New York MTA to Reconsider Rebuilding Verrazano-Narrows Bridge with Domestic, not Chinese Steel

June 12, 2013 By Stephanie West Pittsburgh, Penn.  – United Steelworkers (USW) International President Leo W. Gerard recently wrote to Fernando Ferrer, Acting Chairman, and Thomas F. Prendergast, Interim Executive Director of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA), questioning its decision to use 15,000 tons of steel, all sourced from China, to rebuild the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge.

Law Protecting Construction Workers In Jeopardy
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Law Protecting Construction Workers In Jeopardy

June 11, 2013 By Joe Maniscalco New York, NY – On April 9, 2008, Christopher Gunn was a 28-year-old ironworker with Local 40 doing the job he loved best and looking forward to new life as a married man, when a beam he was helping to install at a job site near Bellevue Hospital broke loose and sent…

Cuomo Official: Sandy Aid Is Not Enough
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Cuomo Official: Sandy Aid Is Not Enough

June 10, 2013 By Joe Maniscalco New York, NY – Hurricane Sandy’s historic storm surge wreaked absolute havoc on New York City and its environs last fall, but are the billions of dollars in federal aid now flowing into the area enough to repair all the damage done? Well, no, according to Leecia Eve, deputy…

Brooklyn Bridge Park Can’t Tune Out Labor’s Voice
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Brooklyn Bridge Park Can’t Tune Out Labor’s Voice

June 6, 2013 By Joe Maniscalco Brooklyn, New York – Build Up NYC, the coalition of organized working men and woman fighting for responsible development across the city, pumped up the volume on a meeting of the Brooklyn Bridge Park Board [BBPB] on Wednesday, blasting the governing body for failing to heed warnings about the anti-labor…

Superstorm Sandy Exposed Troubling Vulnerabilities
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Superstorm Sandy Exposed Troubling Vulnerabilities

June 6, 2013 By Neal Tepel NEW YORK, N.Y. – Despite the heroic efforts of New York’s public agencies and private entities in response to Superstorm Sandy, the extreme weather event exposed troubling vulnerabilities that threaten the City’s long-term economic vitality, according to “Risk & Resiliency after Sandy,” a new report by the New York…

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Iron Workers Call on Congress to Break Gridlock on Infrastructure

June 6, 2013 Reprint on LaborPress http://www.ironworkers.org Washington, D.C. – Iron Workers’s General President Walter Wise issued a call Friday for Congress to address the problem of America’s crumbling infrastructure.  “The collapse of the Skagit River Bridge in Washington serves as a reminder that this can’t wait until after the next election,” said Wise, adding…

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