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Plumbers HQ: Alive With History

July 3, 2015
By Joe Maniscalco

Part of the UA Local 1 timeline.

Queens, NY - UA Local 1’s new headquarters at 50-02 Fifth Street may boast many forward-thinking architectural designs that make it a model for 21st century water conservation and waste management — but the union’s potent history of championing worker rights and advancing the public good plays an equally vital role in its construciton. All of which is readily apparent as soon as anyone approaches the fascinating structure. 

NYC Capital Projects at DEP

July 3, 2015
By Stephanie West

New York City's Fiscal Year 2016 Capital Budget includes planned commitments of $10.4 billion for the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) over five years, a 12% increase over last year's budget. While slightly lower than its 2008 peak, when DEP was in the midst of several massive projects including two water filtration plants and extensive upgrades to its wastewater treatment plants.

Plumbers' New HQ Shows What It Means To Be Green

July 2, 2015 
By Joe Maniscalco 

Arthur Klock, John Murphy and John Senay welcome you.

Long Island City, NY - So, just how "green" is Plumbers UA Local 1's sparkling new headquarters at 50-02 Fifth Street? Well, it's helping to curb pollution, limit environmental penalties, conserve drinking water, and making other organizations downright envious of its many wonderful features. Top all that off with a rooftop garden with drip irrigation in the offing, and the two-story, 52,000 square-foot facility that debuted in January, easily has enough earth-friendly elements to make any environmentalist stand up and cheer.

Congress Needs to Fix ACA

June 29, 2015
By LIUNA President Terry O’Sullivan

Washington, D.C. – The ACA has enabled millions of Americans to have access to healthcare benefits which is a good thing, however, those benefits have come at the expense of and on the backs of working men and women. The Supreme Court’s ACA ruling is an opportunity for Congress to stop the Obama Administration’s pick-pocketing of working people so that the law lives up to its intention of providing access to affordable quality healthcare for all.

Laborers Cheer 421-a Tax Reform

June 26, 2015
By LaborPress

New pathways to the middle class?

New York, NY - The union representing some 17,000 construction workers, hazardous materials handlers, recycling and waste handlers and Catholic high school teachers in New York is applauding legislators for finally taking action on 421-a tax abatement reforms.  

Steamfitters Find There's An App - And An Apprentice For That!

June 24, 2015
By Joe Maniscalco

Michelle Collins, Catherine Gropper and Dennis Coluccio.

Long Island City, NY - With an average age of less than 23 between them, first-year apprentices Catherine Gropper, Michelle Collins and Dennis Coluccio, easily qualify as the future of Steamfitters Local 638.

N.Y Building Trades Slam Senate GOP on 421-a

June 23, 2015
By LaborPress

In a flier put out last week, Up4NYC, a group backed by New York building trades unions, denounced state Senate Republicans’ efforts to extend the 421-a program as “pitting middle and working class New Yorkers against each other while billionaire developers continue to line their pockets with taxpayer money.” The 421-a program, a tax abatement for new residential construction, expired June 15.

Longevity Has Its Place—In the Operating Engineers

June 22, 2015
By Steven Wishnia

“We are the heart and soul of these buildings,” says Nicholas D’Elia. “These high-rise buildings cannot operate without us.”

D’Elia, 55, chief engineer in the Colgate-Palmolive Building at 300 Park Ave., has worked there for 35 years. On June 10, he was one more than 300 members of Local 94 of the International Union of Operating Engineers honored for having more than 25 years of service. Modesto Diaz topped the list, with 50 years; Philip Knollmueller and Raymond Lopez had 45 years; and a dozen more had 40. The 6,000-member union represents the workers who keep the city’s office buildings going: running the heat, ventilation, and air-conditioning systems; being in charge of fire safety; maintaining and repairing motors and pumps; and doing plumbing, rigging, and anything else needed.

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