Building Trades

Maintaining Infrastructure Essential for Our Future

May 26, 2016 
By Neal Tepel

Washington, DC - While its essential to continue to maintain and modernize our infrastructure, the gridlock in Congress continues to prevent the rebuilding and investing in roads, bridges, water systems, oil and natural gas pipelines. With no clear plan to maintain and expand the infrastructure, economic growth for future generations will be affected.

This Week's Buzz: WTC Health Watch, Farm Worker Wage Board and More!

May 26, 2016
By Joe Maniscalco

Dr. Jacqueline Moline and Patrick Hewes of the WTC Health Program join Neal and Bill.

New York, NY - On this week’s episode of LaborPress’ “Blue Collar Buzz” airing Sunday night at 9 p.m. on AM970 The Answer, we’re looking at the Empire State through a wide lens. First up, NY Building Congress President Richard Anderson talks about the current building boom gripping New York City and what makes it so different from others in the past. Next, Dr. Jacqueline Moline and Patrick Hewes of the World Trade Center Health Program discuss ongoing efforts to treat and monitor those directly affected by the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. And finally, we check in with Assembly Member Walter Mosley to find out how Albany is responding to the plight of farm workers and faculty and staff at the City University of New York.  

A 'Grim' Reminder of Non-Union Construction in NYC

May 20, 2016
By Joe Maniscalco 

Death continues to loom large over NYC construction workers.

New York, NY - Hundreds of buildings tradespeople  pounded on mock coffins and chanted “How many more must die?”outside a Gilbane, Inc. development at 118 Fulton Street on Thursday afternoon, in a mass protest aimed at both convincing the developer to stop using irresponsible contractors — and honoring New York City construction workers recently killed on the job. 

Building Trades Draw the Line against Bad Contractors

May 6, 2016
By Joe Maniscalco

Terry Moore denounces bad contractors.

New York, NY - Organized labor hit the streets around 1 Wall Street on Thursday to protest the 50-story bank building’s residential conversion because the project’s developer doesn’t seem to care about the lives of New York City workers. 

Deaths On-the-Job Continue to Rise

May 4, 2016
By Neal Tepel 

Washington , DC - In 2014 a worker died on the job almost every other hour, 365 days a year. Deaths on the job in 2014 rose, to 4,821 - 13 per day -- from 4,585 the year before. In addition 50,000 former workers died in 2014 from job-related illnesses, such as silicosis and black lung disease. While the 'official death count' tells one story the under-reported numbers from non-union jobs continues to be staggering.

Canadian Building Trades Back More Pregnancy Leave

April 30, 2016
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Ottawa, Canada -  Canada’s Building Trades Unions and several other labor and trade organizations have endorsed a bill that would give pregnant women working in skilled trades maternity benefits more than three months before their babies are expected.

Workers’ Memorial Day 2016

April 28, 2016
By NYS AFL-CIO President Mario Cilento 

Albany, NY - Every day on average, 13 workers die in this country as a result of workplace injuries. And, every year in cities, towns and communities across America we gather on Workers’ Memorial Day to remember our brothers and sisters who have lost their lives on the job.

Why Is NYC Blocking Elevator Safety Reform?

April 22, 2016
By Joe Maniscalco

Don't elevator mechanics need training?

New York, NY - The union representing elevator mechanics and technicians is accusing the de Blasio administration of continuing to stand in the way of safety reforms that could help prevent a growing number of horrific elevator accidents around the city — some deadly. 

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