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Full Employment — For Now

February 7, 2012By Bendix Anderson, LaborPress Senior EditorRebuilding the World Trade Center brings jobs to ironworkers, but not forever One World Trade Center is now easily visible from much of Manhattan and Brooklyn, towering more than 90 stories over the City. Full employment has returned to unions like the Metallic Lathers and Reinforcing Ironworkers Local 46, thanks…

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NLRB Injunction May Reinstate 32BJ Members

February 2, 2012By Marc Bussanich, LaborPress City ReporterIn November 2010, Renaissance Equity Holdings locked out 70 members of SEIU 32BJ at the Flatbush Gardens complex because the workers refused to accept a new contract calling for a 30 percent wage cut. The union filed a lawsuit claiming the lockout was illegal. Last week the workers…

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Construction Job Losses in 2013

October 31, 2011Around Town by Neal TepelOverall New York City construction spending has remained stable over the past two years, after declining by double digit percentages in the aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis, according to New York City Construction Outlook 2011-2013, an annual forecast and analysis prepared by the New York Building Congress.  The…

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New York City Construction Costs Continue to Rise

October 12, 2011By Neal Tepel Construction costs in New York City, which increased in 2010 after a 2009 decline, have increased at an accelerating rate thus far in 2011, according to a New York Building Congress review of multiple cost induces. According to Engineering News-Record’s (ENR) Building Cost Index (BCI), construction costs in New York…

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32BJ Members Stay United

September 7, 2011By Marc BussanichAs of November 2010, 73 SEIU 32BJ members have been locked out of work at the sprawling Flatbush Gardens building complex by their employer, David Bistricer of Renaissance Equity Holdings. He reportedly told elected officials that the union was giving up the fight and that the lockout would soon end.

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Chris Ward Says – Government and Private Partnerships Essential

September 1, 2011By Marc BussanichAt the Ritz-Carlton in Battery Park City, not far from the new World Trade Center Construction Site, Chris Ward, Executive Director for the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey, spoke to an eclectic luncheon audience. Hosted by the New York Building Congress (NYBC), a diverse coalition comprised of labor…

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Workers Take Broadway

June 20, 2011By Stephanie West Union workers stopped traffic on Broadway June 15, waving American flags and picket signs as police struggled to clear a path for taxis and MTA buses. Workers clambered up scaffolding to hang a banner for Ironworkers Local 361 over the street, just across from City Hall. When police set up crowd…

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Union Members at Local 79 Get on Board

April 26, 2011By Vanessa DeSantisLaborers took a crash course in land use on Friday, March 10th, at the SEIU building in Lower Manhattan. The workshop encouraged members to get involved with New York City’s local community boards. These public boards provide a way for union members to support union projects that also serve their communities….

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Jobs at Javits

April 20, 2011By Bendix AndersonWith its dark windows peering over the Hudson River, the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center has been New York City’s primary venue for exhibitions, large conventions and major trade shows since it opened in 1986. Now a half billion dollar restoration is providing thousands of jobs to workers in the building…

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