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Steelworkers Prez: MTA Making Excuses to Avoid Buying American
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Steelworkers Prez: MTA Making Excuses to Avoid Buying American

July 24, 2013 By Marc Bussanich Washington, DC—Leo W. Gerard, international president of the United Steelworkers, said that the Metropolitan Transportation Authority is misleading the public by claiming that toll collection, and not tax revenues, to finance repairs on the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge exempts it from “Buy American” provisions to purchase American-made steel. Watch Video

LI Union Leader: I’m Tired of Supporting Out-of-State People
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LI Union Leader: I’m Tired of Supporting Out-of-State People

July 24, 2013 By Joe Maniscalco Melville, NY – Dick O’Kane, president of the Building and Construction Trades Council of Nassau and Suffolk says he’s “tired of supporting people from Florida, the Carolinas and Georgia,” and wants New York officials to stop doling out tax-payer assistance to developers who don’t think twice about hiring out-of-state workers…

32BJ Members Strengthen Solidarity through Art
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32BJ Members Strengthen Solidarity through Art

July 22, 2013 By Marc Bussanich New York, NY—The members of the 120,000-member strong 32BJ SEIU property services union work as doormen, porters, handymen, security officers and window cleaners but also moonlight as painters, photographers and poets. They've had an opportunity to showcase their artistic talent for the past several years thanks to the annual…

Living Wage Supporters: ‘The Test Is Over!’
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Living Wage Supporters: ‘The Test Is Over!’

July 19, 2013 By Joe Maniscalco New York, NY – Supporters of the city’s nine-month-old living wage legislation are hailing the contentious bill passed back in September as an unadulterated success this week – and calling on the next administration to soon broaden its scope to include more workers. (Watch Video)

UN Shuts Out Union After 65-Plus Years!
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UN Shuts Out Union After 65-Plus Years!

July 16, 2013 By Joe Maniscalco New York, NY – Up until now, IBEW Local 1212 member Gary Roth had spent the last three decades of his life steadfastly documenting premieres, presidents and prime ministers arriving at the United Nations in sleek, black motorcades to address a waiting world. Today, however, Roth is out of a…

Building Boom by 2014
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Building Boom by 2014

July 1, 2013 By Neal Tepel New York, NY – Fueled by rapid increases in residential and office development, overall New York City construction spending is expected to increase by 6.2 percent this year and by 24 percent from 2012 to 2014, according to a New York Building Congress midyear update of its annual analysis…

OSHA: Construction Deaths Rising with Construction Upswing
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OSHA: Construction Deaths Rising with Construction Upswing

June 27, 2013 By Marc Bussanich New York, NY—The New York Building Congress issued a report on Monday that construction activity is booming in New York City and will generate employment gains that match 2007 levels. But on Wednesday OSHA’s regional director said that the dramatic increase in the number of fatalities may be due…

LaborPress Honors Six for ‘Outstanding Achievement’
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LaborPress Honors Six for ‘Outstanding Achievement’

June 25, 2013 By Steven Wishnia In front of a packed hall at the District Council of Carpenters headquarters, LaborPress honored six New York union leaders for "outstanding achievement" on June 13, 2013. The six were James Claffey, president of International Association of Theatrical and Stage Employees Local 1; Robert Croghan and Sheila Gorsky, chairperson…

Window Closing for 9/11 Responders to Register Claims
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Window Closing for 9/11 Responders to Register Claims

June 25, 2013 By Marc Bussanich New York, NY—It was a long, hard fight in Congress for both houses to pass the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act in late 2010 and now 9/11 responders and survivors have only 100 days to file claims for economic losses with the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund….

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