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Tradesmen Deplore Starwood Capital’s Safety Record

Tradesmen say developers are disrespecting communities where they're building luxury condos.

April 23, 2014
By Marc Bussanich 

Brooklyn, NY—“There oughta be a law,” boomed Gary LaBarbera, president of the Building and Construction Trades Council outside Borough Hall as tradesmen gathered to protest what they say is a lack of responsible development by the developer group Starwood Capital. Video

L.I. Building Trades In Search of State Legislators With Some Backbone

April 17, 2014
By Joe Maniscalco

IDA reforms hinge on support from Albany legislators.

Hauppauge, NY - Despite significant public investment made possible through the Suffolk County Industrial Development Agency [IDA], the hardest things to find at area construction sites on Long Island these days, may just be automobiles bearing local tags. But the group representing more than 59,000 highly-trained tradesmen and tradeswomen on Long Island says that two short paragraphs in IDA language could make sure that more jobs go to hard-pressed area residents - if only some state legislator with enough guts would take up the cause.

32BJ Doormen and Building Owners Reach Accord

April 14, 2014

By Marc Bussanich

New York, NY—One week after nearly 7,000 doormen, porters and handymen marched up 5th Avenue to 79th Street, 32BJ SEIU and the Realty Advisory Board announced a tentative labor agreement on Friday afternoon at the New York Hilton.

Tomorrow's Architects Build The Future On Brick Foundations

April 14, 2014

By Joe ManiscalcoDesign contest winners are awarded their prize.


New York, NY - In a rapidly changing world increasingly obsessed with glass and steel, there’s at least one developing crop of brilliant young architects who have become hooked on brick - and the industry that helped lay the foundations for the greatest city in the world couldn’t be happier.

Statewide Coalition Defends Scaffold Safety Law

April 14, 2014
By Stephanie WestGary LaBarbara


Albany, NY – A diverse group of workers, advocates and organizations committed to protecting construction workers in New York State have joined together to create a unified front in the fight to defend New York’s Scaffold Safety Law from industry-backed efforts to gut the law. The coalition will  push for increased enforcement of New York’s construction safety standards and launched a new website, http://www.scaffoldsafetylaw.org, to aggregate information about the Scaffold Safety Law.

BOA Tower Building Engineers: Trained To Be The Best

April 7, 2014
By Joe Maniscalco

Local 94 Training Program Director Howard Styles.

New York, NY - Building engineers at One Bryant Park’s 51-story, 2.35 million square-foot Bank of America Tower [BOA] may still have to field complaints about a clogged toilet from time to time, but their subterranean control room with its ever-glowing wall of flat screen monitors looks like something straight out of NASA Mission Control, and the hi-tech training they receive to keep the power on and the air pumping inside the third-tallest building in New York City, never really ever stops.

Inside 32BJ's Strike Authorization

April 3, 2014
By Joe Maniscalco

New York, NY - The last time 32BJ - the union representing 30,000 apartment building workers around the city - bargained for a fair contract in 2010, the real estate market was still in the tank. Today, that situation is very much improved - but the labor leaders working to ink a new deal before the current contract expires on April 20, insist that workers are not benefitting from the boom. 

Domino Development Called, 'Catastrophic!'

April 2, 2014
By Joe Maniscalco

Councilman Antonio Reynoso.

New York, NY - Developers of the Domino Sugar project in Brooklyn may have already gotten the okay from City Planning commissioners last month to rezone the massive waterfront site - but this week the councilman representing the community where the housing development is set to rise later this year, called the plan “catastrophic” - and he was not alone in his condemnation.

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