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Congress Needs to Fix ACA

June 29, 2015
By LIUNA President Terry O’Sullivan

Washington, D.C. – The ACA has enabled millions of Americans to have access to healthcare benefits which is a good thing, however, those benefits have come at the expense of and on the backs of working men and women. The Supreme Court’s ACA ruling is an opportunity for Congress to stop the Obama Administration’s pick-pocketing of working people so that the law lives up to its intention of providing access to affordable quality healthcare for all.

Laborers Cheer 421-a Tax Reform

June 26, 2015
By LaborPress

New pathways to the middle class?

New York, NY - The union representing some 17,000 construction workers, hazardous materials handlers, recycling and waste handlers and Catholic high school teachers in New York is applauding legislators for finally taking action on 421-a tax abatement reforms.  

Steamfitters Find There's An App - And An Apprentice For That!

June 24, 2015
By Joe Maniscalco

Michelle Collins, Catherine Gropper and Dennis Coluccio.

Long Island City, NY - With an average age of less than 23 between them, first-year apprentices Catherine Gropper, Michelle Collins and Dennis Coluccio, easily qualify as the future of Steamfitters Local 638.

N.Y Building Trades Slam Senate GOP on 421-a

June 23, 2015
By LaborPress

In a flier put out last week, Up4NYC, a group backed by New York building trades unions, denounced state Senate Republicans’ efforts to extend the 421-a program as “pitting middle and working class New Yorkers against each other while billionaire developers continue to line their pockets with taxpayer money.” The 421-a program, a tax abatement for new residential construction, expired June 15.

Longevity Has Its Place—In the Operating Engineers

June 22, 2015
By Steven Wishnia

“We are the heart and soul of these buildings,” says Nicholas D’Elia. “These high-rise buildings cannot operate without us.”

D’Elia, 55, chief engineer in the Colgate-Palmolive Building at 300 Park Ave., has worked there for 35 years. On June 10, he was one more than 300 members of Local 94 of the International Union of Operating Engineers honored for having more than 25 years of service. Modesto Diaz topped the list, with 50 years; Philip Knollmueller and Raymond Lopez had 45 years; and a dozen more had 40. The 6,000-member union represents the workers who keep the city’s office buildings going: running the heat, ventilation, and air-conditioning systems; being in charge of fire safety; maintaining and repairing motors and pumps; and doing plumbing, rigging, and anything else needed.

Hard Hats And Hardboiled Detectives!

By Joe Maniscalco
June 22, 2015

New York, NY - At first glance, the parallels between building construction and story structure might not seem all that apparent — but for LaborPress’ own Bill Hohlfeld, there is something special about dropping steel columns and penning powerful prose that makes the two disciplines a lot alike. And the former ironworker and “Ascent to Avalon” author ought to know, because he’s done both.

Workforce Development Agency Places 15,000 New Yorkers into Jobs

June 19, 2015
By Marc Bussanich 

New York, NY—Working together to provide opportunities for residents in economically challenging neighborhoods, the City Council and the Consortium for Worker Education announced earlier this week that they have helped over 15,000 New Yorkers find meaningful work. 

Longshoremen React to Charleston Tragedy

June 19, 2015
By Harold Daggett

The International Longshoremen's Association and its 45,000 members offer their collective prayers to the victims and families of the nine parishioners murdered at the Emanuel A.M.E. Church in Charleston, South Carolina. 

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