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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.

DC 9 Training Program Tests Apprentices' Mettle

July 16, 2014
By Joe Maniscalco

Site of the Finishing Trades Institute of NY in Queens.

Queens, NY - There are some 2,500 bridges in New York City - and those are just the ones with names. The precarious and always dangerous job of keeping each of them sturdy and upright largely belongs to the members of District Council 9 of the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades. And the training that apprentices undertake to learn how to keep tons of structural steel safe and sound involves a heck of a lot more than slapping on a fresh coat of paint - it has to, with so much at stake. Some apprentices just don’t make the grade.

More Cracks In de Blasio's Affordable Housing Plan

July 14, 2014
By Joe Maniscalco

Got Jobs? DC9 apprentice training in LIC.

New York, NY - As the de Blasio administration looks to ramp up investment in 200,000 units of new and existing affordable housing over the next 10 years, critics of the plan continue to fear that the progressive mayor is actually being disastrously short-sighted in not guaranteeing that the resulting construction jobs uphold union standards.

Congress Rebuffs Attempt to Repeal Davis-Bacon Act

July 14, 2014
By Sean McGarvey, President of North America's Building Trades Unions

Washington, DC -- The following statement was issued by Sean McGarvey, President of North America's Building Trades Unions, upon the defeat in the U.S. House of Representatives on July 10, 2014, by a vote of 181-239, of an amendment to the FY 2015 Energy and Water Appropriations bill that would have denied funds for the enforcement of the Davis-Bacon Act:

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