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Councilmember: Good Compromise on Astoria Cove Project

November 26, 2014
By Marc Bussanich

New York, NY—That’s what Councilmember Costa Constantinides said outside City Hall in the accompanying video interview as he was joined by fellow councilmembers and organized labor to celebrate the green-lighting of the Astoria Cove project by the Council’s Land Use Committee a couple of weeks ago.

Contractor Cheated Laborers at JFK

November 26, 2014
By Stephanie West

New York, NY - Contractor Leonid Fridman has been convicted and sentenced for failing to pay legally required wages to his workers on a Port Authority construction project at JFK. Fridman was aware that he was required to pay the prevailing wages but still paid some of his workers as little as $10 per hour. Fridman filed false certified payroll reports stating he paid his workers the prevailing wages.

City Leaving Affordable Housing To A Bunch Of Turkeys!

November 25, 2014
By Joe Maniscalco

Ironworkers give bad contractors the thumbs down.

New York, NY - With all the talk around the city’s drive to build 200,000 units of affordable housing over the next decade, there continues to be one aspect of the effort that is not getting enough air time: Who will build it? 

Maintaining Infrastructure Will Avoid Disaster

November 24, 2014
By Robert J. Rodriguez

We are in the midst of an infrastructure crisis. As the governor prepares the priorities of New York to be unveiled at the State of the State in January, rebuilding our infrastructure should be one of them.

Senate Democrats Assault on the Working Class

November 20, 2014
By Terry O'Sullivan

Washington, DC - Terry O'Sullivan, General President of LIUNA – the Laborers' International Union of North America – made the following statement on the U.S. Senate vote regarding the Keystone XL Pipeline:

Really? $145 Million For Bad Contractors?

November 19, 2014
By Joe Maniscalco 

Tammy Rivera.

New York, NY - Workers citing a history of on-the-job abuse at the hands of irresponsible contractors are calling on the city to withhold $145 million in tax exempt bond financing from the development team poised to start building a massive nine-acre housing and commercial project on the Lower East Side. 

Amazing IBEW Workers On the High Wires

November 18, 2014
By Neal Tepel

Rochester, New York - For well over a century, the Wallenda family has thrilled audiences with their feats of daring atop high wires stretched hundreds of feet above the ground. Nik Wallenda continues to push the envelope, having traversed Niagara Falls, the Grand Canyon and most recently, six hundred feet above the Chicago River with IBEW technicians behind the scenes.

Council’s Land Use Committee Green-lights Astoria Cove

November 14, 2014
By Marc Bussanich

New York, NY—The building trades and its president Gary LaBarbera protested last month near City Hall to say that the City Council should red-light the Astoria Cove project unless the developer built it with union labor. On Wednesday afternoon the Land Use Committee chaired by Councilman David Greenfield green-lighted the project with modifications.

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