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Building Workers Protest Chelsea Gentrification

August 29, 2014
By Marc Bussanich

New York, NY—About 50 building workers protested outside 520 West 23rd Street on Thursday, August 28, 2014 because they say that the residential condo board’s refusal to recognize their union of choice reflects the growing gentrification of the Chelsea neighborhood where building owners and developers aren’t paying living wages and benefits.

Electrical Workers Union Lights the Way

August 28, 2014
By Stephanie West


Boston, Mass. - The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 103 has installed 19 Clear Blue/Illumient solar and wind powered street lights at their Boston headquarters. These "Smart Off-Grid" lights communicate wirelessly with Clear Blue’s advanced cloud-based software to enable IBEW personnel to remotely control, maintain and operate them over the Internet.

Labor & Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Raise Eyebrows Together

August 22, 2014
By Joe Maniscalco

Hispanic Chamber of Commerce joins Labor at City Hall.

New York, NY - The chambers of commerce representing minority- and women-owned businesses who feel that the city is unfairly depriving them of vital economic opportunities through mountains of red tape, are teaming up with organized labor in a partnership that is being viewed as beneficial as it is surprising. 

Building Trades March for Affordable Housing

August 21, 2014
By Marc Bussanich

Harlem, NY—The building trades marched here with affordable housing activists on Wednesday evening to demand that the de Blasio administration follow through on building affordable housing with living wages.

NYC Residential Spending Up 50 Percent

 August 19, 2014
By Neal Tepel, LaborPress Special Report 


The residential building and construction sector is estimated to increase by 50 percent in 2014 according to the Building Congress. Residential construction spending is expected to reach $10.2 billion in 2014, up from a previous record high of $6.8 billion in 2013. This forecasted record-setting number comes just four years after a post-recession low of $2.4 billion in 2010 residential spending.

Death of a Construction Worker in Seattle

August 19, 2014
By Stephanie West


Seattle, Washington -  Washington’s Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) cited  three companies for safety violations related to the death of a construction worker in downtown Seattle in January. The man died after falling 72 feet from a scaffold at a construction site on Taylor Avenue North.

Trumka on Walmart’s U.S. Manufacturing Summit

August 18, 2014

Washington, DC - In response to Walmart’s U.S. Manufacturing Summit, which convened August 14th in Denver, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka issued the following statement:

Affordable Housing And Mayor de Blasio's Junk Jobs

August 14, 2014
By Joe Maniscalco

Will good jobs be sacrificed so developers can make more money?

New York, NY - Mayor Bill de Blasio calls his campaign to build or preserve 200,000 units of affordable housing over the next decade a “central pillar in the battle against inequality” - but as time goes on, it’s becoming increasingly apparent that unless the administration gets tough - instead of fostering good jobs with real pathway to careers - the bulk of the developing plan may actually end up creating a whole lot of junk jobs. 

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