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Contractors Convicted for Not Paying Prevailing Wages

September 15, 2014
By Stephanie West

New York, NY - Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman has announced the conviction and sentencing of Ronald Bartiromo, Raymond D’Auria and R3 Electrical Inc. for failing to pay legally required wages to their workers on two public works projects throughout New York City. 

Building Renovations Increasing in NYC

September 12, 2014
By Neal Tepel

New York, NY - New York City’s private and public building owners initiated $5.7 billion worth of alteration and renovation (A&R) projects in 2013, a 5 percent increase from 2012, when A&R starts totaled $5.4 billion, and a 25 percent increase from 2011 ($4.6 billion).

Employee Misclassification Must be Stopped

September 11, 2014
By Neal Tepel

New York NY - The McClatchy Media News Network recently published an interesting and important investigative report that very effectively uncovers the dark, seamy side of the U.S. construction industry; The articles vividly described the practice of "employee misclassification."

Electrical Workers Provide Energy Savings

September 11, 2014
By Stephanie West

Philadelphia, Penn. - The Consortium for Building Energy Innovation (CBEI) brings together 14 key organizations. This includes major research universities, global industrial firms and national laboratories, with the goal of helping reduce energy consumption in small and medium-size buildings throughout the U.S. by 2030.

Dolan Schedules Sham Vote at Brooklyn Cablevision

September 10, 2014
By Neal Tepel

New York, NY - On the morning of September 8h, Cablevision CEO James Dolan, accompanied by several security guards showed up at the company’s 96th Street garage without prior notice and announced that the Cablevision Organization has scheduled an illegal, impromptu vote on September 10 to determine—once again—if the Brooklyn Cablevision workers still want CWA union representation, even though a pending decision on charges that Cablevision violated federal labor laws restricts similar action. 

Carlls Bridge Replaced Over LIE

September 10, 2014
By Stephanie West

Long Island, NY - Governor Andrew M. Cuomo has announced the start of construction on a $12.8 million project to replace the aging Carlls Straight Path Bridge over the Long Island Expressway, or LIE/I-495, in Dix Hills, Suffolk County. The project, which involves designing and building the bridge, will improve the safety for pedestrians, bicyclists and approximately 180,000 motorists who use the section of the Long Island Expressway each day.

Michael Greene: Now We Have A Voice

September 10, 2014
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It wasn’t long after Michael Greene was hired as a doorman at a high-end Brooklyn building that he knew something wasn’t right.

“I looked at the nationwide hourly rate of doormen and concierges, and I felt that it was very unusual that we would be making $9 or $11 an hour,” said Greene, who lives in Brooklyn with his wife and 6-year-old twin daughters. “I just felt deep down that there was something wrong with it, given that we were responsible for so many things, and that we’re the eyes and ears of the building.”

Mayor de Blasio Urged To Create 200,000 New Union Jobs

September 5, 2014
By Joe Maniscalco

BP Melinda Katz with union leaders and other elected officials.

Queens, NY - In August, Public Advocate Letitia James and a coalition of the Building Trades and community groups, called on Mayor Bill de Blasio to put a union stamp on his plan to build or preserve 200,000 units of affordable housing over the next decade - this week, elected officials saluting workers ahead of this year’s Labor Day Parade reiterated that same message at a special ceremony held at Queens Borough Hall on Thursday. 

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