Building Trades

SEIU Local 1021: Helping The Homeless

May 18, 2017 
By Chris Flink
SEIU Local 1021

Oakland, CA - Driven by skyrocketing housing costs and cuts to public services, Oakland’s housing and homelessness crisis continues to worsen. City of Oakland SEIU Local 1021 members have been told to clean up homeless encampments, where they’ve encountered unsafe working conditions.

Canadian Building Trades Honored

May 17, 2017 
By Jerry Levine, LaborPress Canada

Ottawa, Canada -  On Tuesday May 16th,  Canada's Building Trades Unions (CBTU)  hosted the much anticipated unveiling of the Canadian Building Trades Monument in Major's Hill Park in Ottawa.

A Dozen Walk Off BK Navy Yard Job; Get Fresh Start With Union Ironworkers

May 12, 2017
By Joe Maniscalco 

Ironworkers VP James Mahoney (r) welcomes striking worker.

Brooklyn, NY - A dozen non-union ironworkers helping to erect a 16-story office building inside the Brooklyn Navy costing hundreds of millions of dollars, walked off the job early Wednesday afternoon, citing dangerous working conditions, poor pay and lack of benefits. 

Serious Gaps in MTA’s Maintenance of Elevators and Escalators

May 10, 2017 
By Stephanie West

New York, NY - New Yorkers frequently see breakdowns of the MTA’s elevators and escalators, and a new report released by New York City Comptroller Scott M. Stringer explains why.

Top Apprentices Motivated By More Than Money

April 25, 2017
By Joe Maniscalco 

Tawana Finley.

New York, NY - Each year, for almost the past 50 years, the finest 4th-year apprentices in the business have showcased their much sought after skills in the NYC District Council of Carpenters Training Center’s Open House/Exhibit. But what might be different now are the diverse kinds of people actually swinging the hammers — and what motivates them to be the best. 

Wisconsin Building Trades Rip Walker Proposal to Nix Licensing Exams

April 23, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Madison, WI - A proposal by Gov. Scott Walker to exempt journeyman plumbers, electricians, and sprinkler fitters from having to take an exam to get their license after they finish a state-approved apprenticeship program has drawn sharp criticism from construction unions and some contractors.

 Buildings Upgraded Provide Jobs for Thousands 

April 22, 2017 
By Neal Tepel

New York, NY - The New York City Department of Buildings (DOB) issued 5,641 permits, with a combined value of $9.3 billion, for alterations and renovations (A&R) to existing buildings in 2016, according to a New York Building Congress analysis of construction data from Dodge Data & Analytics.

San Diego Building-Trades Activists Protest Trump

April 14, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

San Diego, CA - When President Donald Trump spoke to the national Building Trades legislative conference in Washington April 4, six members of International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 569 turned their backs and held up signs saying “Resist.”

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