Building Trades

Cement League Hardens for Cuts

October 3, 2013

Carpenters strike against the Cement League in Lower Manhattan

Carpenters strike against the Cement League in Lower Manhattan

By Marc Bussanich

New York—On hallowed ground in Lower Manhattan on Thursday morning about 200 carpenters with the New York City District Council of Carpenters working at the World Trade Center Transportation Hub went on strike because negotiations broke down with the Cement League. Watch Video

According to union officials, the Cement League wants a 20 percent pay cut across the board. Jeremy Milin, a business agent for the carpenters union, said the union has been trying to negotiate a new contract for the past two years but to no avail. But negotiations were scheduled to resume on Thursday afternoon.

“We’re hoping to get a resolution. That’ll be great for everybody,” said Milin.

In addition to the picket lines at the World Trade Center, the carpenters are picketing other work sites throughout the city where they have failed to reach agreements with different contractors including Commodore Construction, Darcan Construction and Long Island Concrete.

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October 3, 2013

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