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Wisconsin Building Trades Rip Walker Proposal to Nix Licensing Exams

April 23, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Madison, WI - A proposal by Gov. Scott Walker to exempt journeyman plumbers, electricians, and sprinkler fitters from having to take an exam to get their license after they finish a state-approved apprenticeship program has drawn sharp criticism from construction unions and some contractors.

 Buildings Upgraded Provide Jobs for Thousands 


April 22, 2017 
By Neal Tepel

New York, NY - The New York City Department of Buildings (DOB) issued 5,641 permits, with a combined value of $9.3 billion, for alterations and renovations (A&R) to existing buildings in 2016, according to a New York Building Congress analysis of construction data from Dodge Data & Analytics.

San Diego Building-Trades Activists Protest Trump

April 14, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

San Diego, CA - When President Donald Trump spoke to the national Building Trades legislative conference in Washington April 4, six members of International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 569 turned their backs and held up signs saying “Resist.”

Unifor OKs Contract, Averts Lockout at Saskatchewan Refinery

April 11, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Regina, Canada - Workers at the Co-op Refinery Complex in Regina ratified a new contract Apr. 3, averting a lockout they had expected after a 14-day cooling-off period ended Mar. 30.

Labor Appreciation Day Marked by Panel on Improving Safety at Construction Sites

April 9, 2017
By Silver Krieger

New York, NY -- LaborPress and AM970 The Answer held a special event on Thursday, April 4th, to honor Labor Appreciation Day. At the midtown location, six panels were held on important labor topics including the first of the day, titled “Improving Safety at Construction Sites.”

Eric Landau To Lead Brooklyn Bridge Park

April 8, 2017 
By Neal Tepel

New York, NY - Mayor Bill de Blasio has  nominated Eric Landau to serve as President of the Brooklyn Bridge Park Corporation. Landau will lead the 85-acre park’s continued expansion, oversee its daily operations and foster its long-term stability.

Falling Cement Sparks Building-Trades Protest

April 1, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia

New York, NY - The day after a concrete-form blowout spewed debris 35 stories down onto cars driving on East 59th Street, building-trades workers protested the developer’s use of a nonunion contractor.

LI Building Trades Expand Apprenticeships

March 31, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Hauppauge, NY - The number of apprentices in Long Island’s building trades has increased by 54% in the last five years, aided by programs like Opportunities Long Island, local construction unions’ free pre-apprenticeship program.

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