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Rebound And Rebuild: New York City Workers Will Do What We Do Best

September 15, 2020

By Ben Kimmel

New York, NY – With the unofficial end to summer behind us and Labor Day in the past, our city is tasked with the pressures of an economic downfall and the hopeful rebuild to save our city before the year’s end. Although hopeful, the average worker is faced with the current dilemma of an unemployment rate that hovers above 19% within the city limits. 

It would be remiss to forget that we have been down before and that as a city, as well as a country, we have always been able to rebuild before — therefore, we can rebuild again. It would also be remiss to forget the efforts and the labor that went into the rebuild of The Trade Center, the fountain, the monuments, and The Freedom Tower which now stands in its place. All of which has been reborn and resurrected as a result of organized, union labor.  We have historically restored ourselves throughout the years after tragedy, natural disaster, and terrorism. We have suffered and yet, after the losses we shared, we have worked together to rebuild and restore our city to a new level of greatness.

There are more than 1 million buildings in New York City. They were all built with the sweat and long hours of unified trades workers. This is the work and craftsmanship of carpenters, electricians, plumbers, painters, tin knockers and more. We have built and rebuilt our city through both good times and bad.

As of now, our rate of infection is below 1% in New York. However, there are still some big concerns. There is the unfortunate and outstanding question, which is, can New York survive after Covid-19? Nevertheless, the bottom line is all of the properties that range from commercial office locations to residential have always depended upon the surviving pulse of the average worker, which means we rebuilt our city before and we can do it again.

No major reconstruction has ever been easy. Thankfully, we have a unified labor front that is willing to do the work that will be necessary to keep New York City, safe, alive and Union Strong!

There is no question that performance reflects leadership. There is equally no question that the powers that be need to make some clear decisions when it comes to reopening our local businesses. Our trade workers are ready, willing, and able Mr. Mayor and our businesses are waiting for your green light. Perhaps, it’s time you listened to the advice of us citizens so we can get back to work and rebuild our economy.

Ben Kimmel is a proud member of the IUOE Local 94, as well as a Mental Health First Aid Instructor, Certified Recovery Coach, Certified Professional Life Coach, and Peer & Wellness Advocate.  Ben can be reached at

September 15, 2020

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