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Mechanical Insulation Fortifies Conservation, Say Insulators

December 18, 2014
By Marc Bussanich

New York, NY—The president of the Heat & Frost Insulators Local 12 participated in the climate forum hosted by the Alliance for a Greater New York on Tuesday and said that an effective, but often overlooked, way to reduce New York City’s carbon footprint is ensuring that mechanical insulation is installed in the city’s building stock’s mechanical systems.

Backlash Against Anti-Worker Contractors Continues

December 17, 2014
By Joe Maniscalco

Workers jeer JDS Construction Group.

New York, NY - The City of New York’s continued reliance on large-scale housing developers who hire problematic building contractors brought an angry response from organized labor last week, when the Building and Construction Trades Council [BCTC] coordinated a vocal rally at 111 West 57th Street, site of a new 1,400 foot tall, 45-unit luxury skyscraper being erected by the JDS Construction Group. 


DC 9 Helps Gear Up For Columbian Trade Mission

December 15, 2014
By Joe Maniscalco

Columbian Consul General in NY Elsa Gladys Cifuentes.

Queens, NY - District Council 9 of the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades continues to strengthen its alliance with non-traditional allies this week, telling two chambers of commerce representing Hispanic-owned business in New York, that working men and women are “capitalists just like you.”

Michigan Pipeline Would Put Skilled Laborers Back to Work

December 12, 2014
By Dan Husted

Lansing, Michigan - The construction of new, clean energy infrastructure that will carry natural gas has spurred considerable debate in our region. This $4.3 billion investment will not only bring in out-of-state money to our communities, but it will employ hundreds of laborers from across Michigan.

Contractors Arrested for Underpaying Workers

December 10, 2014
By Stephanie West

New York, NY - A contractor and two labor brokers overseeing New York City School Construction Authority (SCA) and Housing Authority (NYCHA) projects were arrested for underpaying construction workers.

New Jersey Contractor Violated Rights of Building Workers

December 8, 2014
By Stephanie West

In July 2014, 32BJ SEIU members were terminated at One Meadowlands Plaza in East Rutherford, New Jersey. A new building owner, Vision Properties replaced the contractor. Eastern Essential Services refused to retain the workers because they were union.

Closer Look At Bad Contractors?

December 5, 2014
By Joe Maniscalco 

Councilman Jumaane Williams wants a closer look at building contractors.

New York, NY - This week, the head of the New York City Council Committee on Housing & Buildings told LaborPress that scrutinizing the companies involved in the city’s affordable housing plan is, indeed, an issue for his colleagues - and that hearings on the contracting process could be forthcoming.

Non-licensed Operating Engineer Causes Death

December 2, 2014
By Stephanie West

Ontario, Canada - The November 28th court decision to fine the company responsible for the death of a young operating engineer in October 2011, in the amount of $400,000, offers little in the way of solace to workers in the construction industry," said Patrick Dillon, Business Manager of the Provincial Building and Construction Trades Council of Ontario.

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