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Scaffold Law Foes Back 'Ridiculous Panacea,' Says McInnis

July 30, 2014
By Joe Maniscalco

Editor’s Note: The following is part of an ongoing LaborPress series examining the ways in which efforts to weaken New York’s Scaffold Law jeopardize workers

Building a scaffold on W. 14th Street.

New York, NY - According to those seeking to scrap Labor Law 240, NY's Scaffold Law has made general liability costs in New York the highest in the land, while simultaneously driving down the number of carriers willing to write general liability policies. All told, they claim that Labor Law 240 is costing the private sector about $1.5 billion annually, and tacking on an extra $10,000 to the cost of building a home here.

UA Expands Pipeline Training in Canada

July 30, 2014
By Neal Tepel


Toronto, Ontario - On Tuesday, July 29, 2014, the United Association of Journeymen and Apprentices of the Plumbing and Pipe Fitting Industry of the United States and Canada (UA), in collaboration with TransCanada Corporation unveiled a new pipeline training program across Canada.

Carpenters Prez to de Blasio: Let's Build The Middle Class

July 29, 2014
By Joe Maniscalco

The road to the middle class: NYCDCC HQ on Hudson St.

New York, NY - The New York City District Council of Carpenters [NYCDCC] represents thousands of highly trained, middle-class craftspeople who put up buildings better than anyone else. Mayor Bill de Blasio has a plan to build or preserve 200,000 units of affordable housing over the next decade and an electoral mandate to combat growing economic income inequality. So, why is the NYCDCC and other Building Trades still haggling with the mayor over new job opportunities?

Construction of NYC Institutions Up

July 24, 2014
By Neal Tepel


New York, NY - New York City's public and private institutions initiated $643 million in construction projects during the first five months of 2014, up from $581 million through May of 2013, an increase of 11 percent, according to a New York Building Congress analysis of McGraw Hill Construction Dodge data.

AFL-CIO BIT Provides Funding for Chicago Development

July 22, 2014
By Stephanie West


Chicago, Ill. -  The AFL-CIO Building Investment Trust (BIT) provided leadership and funding for the Wolf Point West Tower construction project in Chicago. The project required $34 million equity investment for the first part of the development. To ensure adequate financing,  BIT also  partnered with  third-party lenders. Wolf Point West is the first of three new buildings to be built creating 2,000 construction jobs.

Meet The 21st Century Plumbers!

July 21, 2014
By Joe Maniscalco

Union pride on display at the Local 1 Training Ctr.

Queens, NY - Entering the ranks of Plumbers Local 1 is no easy task, but for those who have accepted the rigors that come with striving to be the best at their trade, it’s a decision they have never regretted. 

Cahill Calls Out Scaffold Law Bashers!

July 18, 2104
By Joe Maniscalco

Editor’s Note: The following is part of an ongoing LaborPress series examining the ways in which efforts to weaken New York’s Scaffold Law jeopardize workers. 

Workers on the Job in Manhattan.

New York, NY - For some, New York’s Scaffold Law is a blessing, and the best chance they have to try and rebuild their shattered lives following a catastrophic fall on the job. For others, Labor Law 240 is a burdensome financial impediment responsible for thwarting everything from new schools construction, to minority-owned businesses. But the idea that Labor Law 240 is the plague opponents in the insurance industry make it out to be, seems absolutely “ridiculous” to the man whose job is all about building. 

Fix the Highway Trust Fund

July 18, 2014
By LIUNA President Terry O'Sullivan


While America should be relieved that Congress appears to be moving to prevent a complete collapse of the Highway Trust Fund next month, law-makers have no excuses for abdicating their responsibility to pass a long-term, full-investment bill.

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