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GM Goes Green with IBEW

February 25, 2015
By Neal Tepel

Lordstown, Ohio - General Motors is now revolutionizing its operations at one of its largest assembly plants by reducing its carbon footprint. IBEW Local 573 members have installed 8,500 solar panels and 6,500 energy efficient LED’s at this GM plant.  This facility is currently building the Chevrolet Cruze model sedan, the world best-selling compact car.

Good Union Jobs Slated For Essex Crossing

February 19, 2015
By Joe Maniscalco

Rendering of the Essex Crossing development.

New York, NY - The question of who actually builds the expansive Essex Crossing project in Lower Manhattan is still to be determined, but a new jobs training agreement between the development team and 32BJ SEIU means that as many 80 new union jobs will be created once the mixed-use site is built. 

New Video Depicts The Plight Of Non-Union Workers

February 18, 2015
By Joe Maniscalco

Construction workers rallying together last year.

New York, NY - The community and labor coalition fighting on behalf of unprotected construction workers throughout New York City is hoping that a powerful new vide documentary depicting the daily struggles of one group of minority laborers will help change the way Mayor Bill de Blasio builds so-called affordable housing in this town.

Laborers Say Waste Equity Bill Is Job Kill!

February 18, 2015
By Marc Bussanich

New York, NY—The Teamsters Joint Council 16, along with environmental and community-based groups, rallied at City Hall last week to provide support for Councilmember Antonio Reynoso’s legislation that would equalize garbage disposal among different communities throughout the city. But the Laborers say the legislation, Intro. 495, is a job killer.

A Serious Conversation About Affordable Housing

February 12, 2015
By Bill Hohlfeld

On Wednesday, February 4th, the Business and Labor Coalition of New York, (BALCONY) lived up to its name when it did an extraordinary job of bringing major players in the world of affordable housing construction together for an open dialogue about how to meet Mayor Di Blasio’s goal of providing New York with 200,000 new units of affordable housing, in a way that meets the needs of all the stakeholders.

Is de Blasio Ignoring Tickets To The Middle Class?

February 11, 2015
By Joe Maniscalco

Construction workers rally against bad developers.

New York, NY - The chair of the City Council’s Civil Service and Labor Committee is calling for a sit-down between developers, stakeholders and the administration, so that the city can quit missing out on “opportunities” to provide construction workers with a “ticket to the middle class.”

Construction Workers March Against Junk Jobs

February 6, 2015
By Joe Maniscalco

Barrie Smith.

New York, NY - Construction workers took to the streets of East New York this week to protest the proliferation of junk jobs associated with Mayor Bill de Blasio’s plan to build or preserve 200,000 new units of affordable housing over the next decade. 

City Can Save Millions with Insulation, Say Insulators

February 5, 2015
By Marc Bussanich

Queens, NY—That’s what the president of an insulator local in Long Island City said in a video interview as the insulators with the Heat & Frost Insulators Local 12 begin training in their brand new 25,000 square-foot training center.

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