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Building Trades’ Workers Win Settlement

April 5, 2012By Marc Bussanich, LaborPress City Reporter At a press conference on Wednesday, April 4, Comptroller John Liu announced a major victory for the mostly immigrant workers working on City-funded projects. A contractor responsible for rehabilitating and building affordable housing for the City’s Department of Housing Preservation and Development agreed to plead guilty for not…

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LaborPress Supports the Rudin St.Vincent Rezoning Plan

March 8, 2012By Neal Tepel, LaborPress Publisher Hundreds of opponents and supporters were on hand at a city council hearing on March 6th to hear testimony regarding a proposed luxury condominium development planned for the former site of St. Vincent’s Hospital. On the surface it was a hearing to discuss the fate of a request…

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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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