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Just Who Is Building de Blasio's Affordable Housing?

August 2, 2014
By Joe Maniscalco

Affordable housing is moving ahead - but who's building it?

New York, NY - Imagine getting seriously hurt on the job - slipping and opening a deep gash in your hand, only to have your employer look the other way and never file a report. As terrible as that sounds, critics say it’s an all-too-common phenomena on non-union construction sites around the city today - and one that should be considered when the mayor proceeds with his affordable housing plan using municipal funds. 

Operating Engineers Keep Buildings Standing Tall

August 2, 2014
By Marc Bussanich

New York, NY—They keep them standing tall by operating energy-efficient equipment that makes the city’s newer buildings some of the most energy efficient buildings in the world. We learned that first-hand when we interviewed on camera Kuba Brown, president of the International Union of Operating Engineers, Local 94, at the union’s training center on Manhattan’s West Side. 

Why NFL Players Have Nothing On Ironworkers!

August 1, 2014
By Joe Maniscalco 

Apprenticeship candidate gives it all he's got.

Queens, NY - Bryan Brady, director of the Ironworkers’ 25,000-square-foot Training Center in Astoria is right when he likens the union’s would-be apprentices to professional athletes - watching the driven young men being timed scaling 35-foot tall columns and hoisting 2,000-pound steel girders off the ground, immediately draws comparisons to what NFL rookies endure - maybe even the U.S. Marines. 

Scaffold Law Foes Back 'Ridiculous Panacea,' Says McInnis

July 30, 2014
By Joe Maniscalco

Editor’s Note: The following is part of an ongoing LaborPress series examining the ways in which efforts to weaken New York’s Scaffold Law jeopardize workers

Building a scaffold on W. 14th Street.

New York, NY - According to those seeking to scrap Labor Law 240, NY's Scaffold Law has made general liability costs in New York the highest in the land, while simultaneously driving down the number of carriers willing to write general liability policies. All told, they claim that Labor Law 240 is costing the private sector about $1.5 billion annually, and tacking on an extra $10,000 to the cost of building a home here.

UA Expands Pipeline Training in Canada

July 30, 2014
By Neal Tepel


Toronto, Ontario - On Tuesday, July 29, 2014, the United Association of Journeymen and Apprentices of the Plumbing and Pipe Fitting Industry of the United States and Canada (UA), in collaboration with TransCanada Corporation unveiled a new pipeline training program across Canada.

Carpenters Prez to de Blasio: Let's Build The Middle Class

July 29, 2014
By Joe Maniscalco

The road to the middle class: NYCDCC HQ on Hudson St.

New York, NY - The New York City District Council of Carpenters [NYCDCC] represents thousands of highly trained, middle-class craftspeople who put up buildings better than anyone else. Mayor Bill de Blasio has a plan to build or preserve 200,000 units of affordable housing over the next decade and an electoral mandate to combat growing economic income inequality. So, why is the NYCDCC and other Building Trades still haggling with the mayor over new job opportunities?

Construction of NYC Institutions Up

July 24, 2014
By Neal Tepel


New York, NY - New York City's public and private institutions initiated $643 million in construction projects during the first five months of 2014, up from $581 million through May of 2013, an increase of 11 percent, according to a New York Building Congress analysis of McGraw Hill Construction Dodge data.

AFL-CIO BIT Provides Funding for Chicago Development

July 22, 2014
By Stephanie West


Chicago, Ill. -  The AFL-CIO Building Investment Trust (BIT) provided leadership and funding for the Wolf Point West Tower construction project in Chicago. The project required $34 million equity investment for the first part of the development. To ensure adequate financing,  BIT also  partnered with  third-party lenders. Wolf Point West is the first of three new buildings to be built creating 2,000 construction jobs.

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