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Crane Operators Say Safety Needs a Union Voice

February 9, 2016
By Steven Wishnia

New York, NY—Mayor Bill de Blasio’s new crane-safety rules need more “clarity,” and his proposed task force needs to have workers at the table, says a spokesperson for the city’s crane operators’ union, Local 14 of the International Union of Operating Engineers.

NYS Recruits Minority Businesses

February 4, 2016
By Tara Jessup

Albany, NY - New York State is planning several outreach activities and events across the state to encourage minority and women owned-businesses to take advantage of billions in state contracting opportunities for the LaGuardia Redevelopment Project.

With 421-a Construction Subsidy Expired, What’s Next?

February 3, 2016
By Steven Wishnia

By Request of our Readers We are Reposting a Special Report Part on Construction Subsidies 421-a

New York, NY - The 421-a housing construction subsidy, which gave an estimated $1.1 billion a year in tax breaks to developers who built new housing in New York City, expired Jan. 15 when the Real Estate Board of New York and the city’s building-trades unions couldn’t agree on what a fair wage would be for workers on buildings receiving the subsidy.

Time For Apprentice Training Bill Is Now, Says Brewer

February 2, 2016
By Joe Maniscalco

Construction workers carry coffins memorializing jobsite fatalities.

New York, NY - Last week’s horrific construction site accident on West 17th Street in which a 55-year-old worker was impaled on exposed rebar after falling four stories down an elevator shaft on a non-union job, has given fuel to pending legislation requiring apprentice level training on all building projects in the city 10-stories and above. 

Building Trade President Criticizes The Mayors Affordable Hous...

February 1, 2016
By Marc Bussanich for LaborPress

New York, NY - Gary LaBarbera of the Building and Construction Trades, which is part of the North America's Building Trades Unions spoke on the steps of City Hall on Wednesday where he criticized Mayor Bill de Blasio’s affordable housing plan for being built on the backs of exploited workers. Real Affordability for All ‪#‎AffordableForWho. To See the Video Click On Link. To See Video Click Link



Licensing for Asbestos Contractors Needed

January 29, 2016
By Neal Tepel, LaborPress Editorial

New York, NY - Mandatory licensing is needed for all workers and companies involved in demolition and environmental remediation. License and monitoring is particularly important for contractors who work with asbestos containing materials so that workers are not put in harms way by unscrupulous contractors. Proper training from an approved instructional center or union should be required of all that work with asbestos materials.

On The Radio: 421-a, Cumberland Firings, And The Future Of Work

January 28, 2016
By Joe Maniscalco

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New York, NY - Two feet of snow couldn’t keep NYC down, and it couldn’t keep LaborPress down — on this week’s installment of the LaborPress Radio Show/Podcast on WWRL 1600 AM, we look at how Gotham’s tallest buildings are continually able to withstand any emergency thanks to union training. We’ll also examine why the loss of over 300 jobs in Brooklyn may sour you on Sweet ’N Low forever. Assembly Member Walter Mosley also checks in with LaborPress for the first time to talk about life after 421-a, while Workforce Development Institute head Ed Murphy explores the ways organized labor needs to change in the 21st century. 

Elevator Safety Advocates Look To Beef Up Vacca Bill

January 22, 2015
By Joe Maniscalco 

The elevator death of a 25-year-old man inside this Broome St. complex is spurring calls for reforms.

New York, NY - The sponsor of a new bill aimed at improving elevator safety throughout the city says that he took the action because he is tired of waiting around for the state to do something about the alarming surge in building accidents — up a whopping 160 percent from 2009 to 2014, according to the FDNY. 

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