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Senate Democrats Assault on the Working Class

November 20, 2014
By Terry O'Sullivan

Washington, DC - Terry O'Sullivan, General President of LIUNA – the Laborers' International Union of North America – made the following statement on the U.S. Senate vote regarding the Keystone XL Pipeline:

Really? $145 Million For Bad Contractors?

November 19, 2014
By Joe Maniscalco 

Tammy Rivera.

New York, NY - Workers citing a history of on-the-job abuse at the hands of irresponsible contractors are calling on the city to withhold $145 million in tax exempt bond financing from the development team poised to start building a massive nine-acre housing and commercial project on the Lower East Side. 

Amazing IBEW Workers On the High Wires

November 18, 2014
By Neal Tepel

Rochester, New York - For well over a century, the Wallenda family has thrilled audiences with their feats of daring atop high wires stretched hundreds of feet above the ground. Nik Wallenda continues to push the envelope, having traversed Niagara Falls, the Grand Canyon and most recently, six hundred feet above the Chicago River with IBEW technicians behind the scenes.

Council’s Land Use Committee Green-lights Astoria Cove

November 14, 2014
By Marc Bussanich

New York, NY—The building trades and its president Gary LaBarbera protested last month near City Hall to say that the City Council should red-light the Astoria Cove project unless the developer built it with union labor. On Wednesday afternoon the Land Use Committee chaired by Councilman David Greenfield green-lighted the project with modifications.

Suffolk County Receives Funding for Storm Mitigation

November 11, 2014
By Neal Tepel

Long Island, NY - The Suffolk County wastewater and storm resiliency improvements project at the Bergen Point Sewage Treatment Plant is the First to receive funding under New York State’s Storm Mitigation Loan Program.
The County will receive $13.6 million.

Midterm Elections and the American Voter

November 7, 2014
By Sean McGarvey, President of North America's Building Trades Unions

Washington, DC - The American voter has clearly spoken. And with victory comes responsibility for this new Republican congressional majority. Specifically, the responsibility of putting aside petty and counterproductive political partisanship that, quite frankly, has been the defining feature of both political parties for over a decade now.

Workers Cheated Out of $35M, Lawsuit Says

November 5, 2014
By Joe Maniscalco

Companies with 'alter egos' are costing construction workers big time.

New York, NY - A new lawsuit brought by members of the Concrete Industry Coalition alleges that a major construction firm working with the City of New York used a collection of “alter egos” to avoid paying more than $35 million in union benefit funds.

NYC Slow to Receive Superstorm Sandy Aid

November 3, 2014
By Neal Tepel

New York, NY – Of the $10.6 billion in anticipated federal money that will flow directly to the New York City government to aid in its response to Superstorm Sandy, as of June 30, $5.6 billion had been awarded or allocated, and only $934 million (or 17 percent of the funds) had actually been delivered to the City, according to a New York Building Congress. 

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