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Still no wage increase @ Newark Airport
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Still no wage increase @ Newark Airport

March 25, 2014 By Marc Bussanich  Newark, NJ—It’s two months since the Port Authority’s executive director, Pat Foye, ordered the airlines to increase workers’ wages immediately by $1 an hour. But the airlines and subcontractors at Newark Airport are balking, compelling airport workers to rally on Monday outside Terminal C. Video 

Hundreds Vigil for Ironworkers Training
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Hundreds Vigil for Ironworkers Training

March 24, 2014 By Steven Wishnia “Work. Money. Benefits. Union,” chorused the four young men waiting outside Ironworkers Union Locals 40 & 361’s headquarters in Astoria Mar. 20. They were among the more than 350 people on line, bringing the $25 money orders and photocopied picture IDs needed to apply to the union’s apprenticeship program.

Construction Coalition Roots for Railroads
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Construction Coalition Roots for Railroads

March 24, 2014 By Steven Wishnia Build more trains, urges a coalition of leading New York developers, construction companies, and building-trades unions. In its 2014 policy agenda, released in March, the New York Building Congress advocates four railroad projects, as part of what Andrew Hollweck, its vice president for policy and planning, calls a “robust…

‘Wright’ Man For The Job
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‘Wright’ Man For The Job

March 14, 2014 By Joe Maniscalco Brooklyn, NY – Picking your way through the powerful personalities that inhabit this city can be as delicate as maneuvering a 230-foot-tall crane amidst a cluster of densely-packed skyscrapers. Fortunately, Allen S. Wright, IUOE Local 14’s new political director, is trained to do both.   

Canada Energy Pipeline Creates Thousands of Jobs
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Canada Energy Pipeline Creates Thousands of Jobs

March 14, 2014 By Stephanie West Toronto, Ontario – "The Ontario Building Trades are pleased to see movement in the regulatory process as we move towards approval of the Energy East Pipeline Project," said Patrick Dillon, Business Manager of the Provincial Building and Construction Trades Council of Ontario, adding that "if approved, this project will…

LIUNA Lobbies Congress on Key Priorities
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LIUNA Lobbies Congress on Key Priorities

March 12, 2014 By Neal Tepel Washington, D.C. – More than 300 LIUNA leaders from across the country are in Washington this week to have their voices heard by Congress. The local union leaders are scheduled to meet with more than 150 representatives and senators to discuss key issues ranging from the Affordable Care Act…

Planning Commission Votes Yea for Domino Project
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Planning Commission Votes Yea for Domino Project

March 6, 2014 By Marc Bussanich  New York, NY—Last week the developer in charge to redevelop the old Domino Sugar Factory reportedly threatened to back out of the project because the mayor insisted more affordable housing units be built in exchange for zoning concessions. On Wednesday, all City Planning Commission commissioners voted yea to authorize…

Airport Workers Tell City Hall Wages Still Low
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Airport Workers Tell City Hall Wages Still Low

February 28, 2014 By Marc Bussanich  New York, NY—Port Authority’s executive director, Patrick Foye, issued a directive last month to airlines at the region’s three major airports to increase airport workers’ wages by $1 an hour. The workers told the City Council they still haven’t received the wage increase. Video

Build Up NYC Demonstrates At ‘Unsafe’ Condo Job
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Build Up NYC Demonstrates At ‘Unsafe’ Condo Job

February 25, 2014 By Steven Wishnia  Chanting their readiness to fight for safe jobs “Monday! Tuesday! Every day!” about 150 union construction and building workers demonstrated at the Stella Tower luxury-condo construction site in Manhattan Feb. 24, three days after a worker on the nonunion job broke his leg falling off a scaffold.

Labor under Attack by Greedy insurance Companies
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Labor under Attack by Greedy insurance Companies

February 18, 2014 By Howard A. Raphaelson Esq. New York's scaffold law and the safety of New York Workers is under attack. Unfortunately the powerful insurance industry has the ear of the governor’s office and lawmakers. While the backdrop of the change is most political and likely unrelated to the labor law, the crux of…

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