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Family Histories Strengthen Ironworkers

By Bendix Anderson For Elizabeth Corrigan, just coming to work every morning is like a family reunion. “Pretty much every male relative I have is an iron worker,” she says. “My mother used to sit right here, at this desk, for 15 years.” Corrigan works as an administrative assistant in the offices of Local 40…

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UNIONS WORK TOGETHER AT AUTO SHOW

By Bendix Anderson Last week, the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center swarmed with workers setting up the New York Auto Show, the center’s biggest trade show of the year, opening to the public Friday, April 2. Tradesmen worked on top of each other. Carpenters unpacked and pounded together displays the size of mansions while electricians…

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Unions Celebrate Groundbreaking at Atlantic Yards

By: Bendix Anderson More than a thousand union leaders, celebrities, politicians, and press gathered Thursday, March 11, to break ground at Atlantic Yards, a 6.5-million-square-foot development now under construction in downtown Brooklyn. One after another, the dignitaries took the stage inside a canvas tent on the development site to praise the project.  Embattled New York…

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Workers Demand Progress at World Trade Center

Thousands of construction workers gathered March 9th by the open pit that still marks the site World Trade Center in Lower Manhattan. The workers came with the banners of their labor unions and their voices rose in protest to demand work start quickly on all of the office towers planned for the site.  “Build it…

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Safety First

Elevator Union Trains To a High Level By: Bendix Anderson Constructing elevators is a dangerous job — workers need a lot of training to do the work safely.  “You have electrical hazards, you have mechanical hazards, height, chemicals, confined spaces… the list goes on and on,” says Dennis O’Niel, who runs the apprenticeship programs for Local…

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Union Santas Bring Holiday Cheer

Building Trades union men set up shop on Columbus Avenue during Christmas Week, bringing a message of good cheer to kids and talking to their parents about how unionized workplaces bring fairness and economic opportunity to their communities. John Wund played Santa in full regalia, while Santos Rodriguez and Sal Savarese functioned as his eleves,…

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Mayor Signs $5.3B PLA’s

NOVEMBER 24th — Mayor Mike Bloomberg today announced the signing of long-awaited Project Labor Agreements (PLA’s) worth $5.3 Billion in public projects over the next four years. The signing of the PLA’s caps an eight-month negotiation process between the Trades and the City administration. These are the first-ever PLA’s for City agencies. The PLA for…

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Laborers Local 78 Takes on Bank of America

Laborers Local 78 is challenging America’s biggest bank — which got$7.5 billion in federal stimulus dollars — to channel some of that money into hiring Union workers. Local 78 organizers Leonardo Narranjo (left) and Ramon Woodcock were part of a crew that set up two 12-foot rats outside the Bank of America branch on Murray…

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City Council and Mayor Approves Landmark Construction Safety Legislation

City Council and Mayor Approves Landmark Construction Safety Legislation by Neal Tepel Following the tragic fire at the former Deutsche Bank building located at 130 Liberty Street that took the lives of firefighters Joseph Graffagnino Jr. and Robert Beddia, the Mayor ordered a comprehensive review of oversight and operations at construction, demolition, and abatement sites. …

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The Fight to Organize 99 Tenth Avenue

above: Local 94 Rep John Kramer and 99 Tenth Avenue Engineer Rashik Barber by Local 94, IUOE Local 94 brings a lot to the table: our members have substantial job security, good health and pension benefits, and are backed up by the best training programs in the City. But employers don’t always see it that…

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