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AFL-CIO HIT Invests $52 Million in Bronx Betances Senior Apartments
Environment and Energy, Features, Finance, Health and Safety, New York

AFL-CIO HIT Invests $52 Million in Bronx Betances Senior Apartments

Bronx, New York –  The AFL-CIO Housing Investment Trust (HIT) is helping to finance the $98 million new construction of the Betances Senior development in the Bronx, NY.  The eight-story project will create 152 new units of housing exclusively reserved for seniors with incomes up to 50% of the Area Median Income. There is no…

Laborers Protest ‘Leaning Tower of New York’
Building Trades, headline, Health and Safety, Law and Politics, New York

Laborers Protest ‘Leaning Tower of New York’

NEW YORK, N.Y.—“This looks like the Leaning Tower of New York,” says Joe Scopo, head organizer of District Council 16 of the Cement and Concrete Workers, as about a dozen Laborers Union members and supporters rallied outside a condominium building under construction in Manhattan Nov. 13.  The 13-story structure at Sixth Avenue and 14th Street is…

Hoops And Hope: Trade Unionists Hold Basketball Tourney on S.I. to Benefit Courageous Kids
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Hoops And Hope: Trade Unionists Hold Basketball Tourney on S.I. to Benefit Courageous Kids

Staten Island, NY – This past Sunday, rank and file members from the Cement and Concrete Workers District Council and the Laborers-Employers Cooperation and Education Trust [LECET] hit the hardwood on Staten Island to help a bunch of Metropolitan Area kids in the fight of their lives.  The afternoon of charitable basketball at the Lucille…

Workers Jeer McDonald’s as ‘Rotten from Top to Bottom;’ Walk Out and File Class Action Lawsuit
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Workers Jeer McDonald’s as ‘Rotten from Top to Bottom;’ Walk Out and File Class Action Lawsuit

New York, NY – Ronald McDonald’s image as America’s innocuous grinning clown took another series hit on Tuesday, November 12, after the American Civil Liberties Union and fast food workers in Michigan hit the multibillion-dollar eatery with a class action lawsuit alleging a “systemic problem” of sexual harassment in the shadow of its “Golden Arches.”…

Michael Bloomberg: The WORST Democratic Candidate Possible
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Michael Bloomberg: The WORST Democratic Candidate Possible

Michael Bloomberg would be the worst candidate the Democrats could possibly nominate in 2020—unless they cross-endorse Donald Trump. The former New York mayor, who has begun preparations to run in the later primaries next year, has a grossly undeserved reputation as a “moderate.” His core ideology is plutocratic, that government’s primary purpose is to help…

City Expands Lead Inspections Following Comptrollers Investigation
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City Expands Lead Inspections Following Comptrollers Investigation

New York, NY – In response to New York City Comptroller Scott M. Stringer’s lead investigation released in September, the Department of Health & Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) and Department of Housing Preservation & Development (HPD) have agreed to make critical reforms consistent with the NYC Comptroller’s recommendations.  City agencies were not effectively inspecting residential buildings for lead…

Prevailing Wage Laws Critical for Quality Construction
Building Trades, Features, Health and Safety, Law and Politics, New York

Prevailing Wage Laws Critical for Quality Construction

New York, NY – Prevailing wage laws are critical in maintaining quality in the construction industry.  The concept and original legislation were conceived by two Republican U.S. senators, James J. Davis of Pennsylvania and Robert L. Bacon of Long Island, New York. In 1927, Davis was angered to learn that an Alabama contractor won a bid…

Housing Works CEO Clashes With Elected Officials During Sidewalk Summit On Unionization
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Housing Works CEO Clashes With Elected Officials During Sidewalk Summit On Unionization

Brooklyn, NY – Housing Works CEO Charles King is sounding “a lot like a person who really is trying not to have a union.” That’s the conclusion New York City Public Advocate Jumaane Williams was left with Monday morning following a sidewalk summit between the non-profit head and elected leaders, in which King once again refused…

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