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AFL-CIO Creating Union Construction Jobs

May 22, 2015
By Neal Tepel

San Fransico, California - While the real estate market in San Francisco has been on the upswing in recent years, housing and commercial construction in San Francisco ground to a halt during the height of the economic downturn. Rental housing was hit especially hard, making the search for affordable housing even more challenging for working families.

Is The Cost Of Non-Union Building Just Too High?

May 13, 2015
By Joe Maniscalco

Non-union construction sites are more dangerous, according to NYCOSH.

New York, NY - This week, New Yorkers learned that Department of Buildings inspectors probing construction site accidents like the one that most recently claimed the life of  25-year-old war veteran Christian Ginesi, don’t really care if suspect jobsites are union or non-union — now, however, a newly-released safety report strongly suggests that maybe they should start.

DOB Blind To Non-Union Construction Site Dangers

May 12, 2015
By Joe Maniscalco

IUEC Local 1’s Lenny Logotte and the Building and Construction Trades Council’s Gary Labarbera join Councilmember Elizabeth Crowley before hearing.

New York, NY - Statistics from both the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the New York Committee for Occupational Safety and Health, clearly indicate that non-union construction sites are much more dangerous than union job sites — but the Department of Buildings isn’t particularly interested in understanding why.

New Report Calls for Greater OSHA Enforcement

May 11, 2015
By Marc Bussanich

New York, NY—Union members, elected officials and worker safety advocates held a press conference at City Hall to bring attention to a new report that reveals that many construction sites are poorly regulated and unsafe.

Latest Construction Death Sparks Hearing

May 11, 2105
By Joe Maniscalco

Gale Brewer and Jumaane Williams.

New York, NY - The city council is responding to the latest death to occur at a New York City construction site with a special hearing on Monday morning in which Buildings Department officials are expected to face touch questions about why so many construction workers are dying on the job. 

Union Bringing '64 World's Fair Icon Back To Life!

May 6, 2015
By Joe Maniscalco

Bridge painters are ready to get to work in Queens.

Queens, NY - Growing up in the borough, bridge painters Chantel Katanakis and Aiden Suca couldn't remember a time when the once glorious “Tent of Tomorrow” at Flushing Meadows-Carona Park wasn’t a rusting and peeling relic of the 1964 World’s Fair. Now, however, both will play an integral part in an estimated $3 to $6 million restoration project that won’t cost the NYC Parks Department a dime because the union is doing the entire job gratis. 

NYC In New Orleans To Push Lending Reform

May 5, 2015 
By Joe Maniscalco

LiUNA's Edison Severino leading a rally in NYC. The group is helping to push responsible lending.

New York, NY - The Building and Construction Trades Council of Greater New York is in New Orleans, Louisiana this week, and although they may be far from home, the outcome of talks with the National Conference on Public Employee Retirement Systems [NCPERS] could have huge implications for industry workers back here in NYC.

Honor The Dead, Fight For The Living...

Joe Maniscalco
April 29, 2015

Ironworkers pause to honor lives lost on the job.

New York, NY - Hard hats from all over the city poured into St. Patrick’s Cathedral on Tuesday afternoon to honor workers killed on the job this year, as well as draw strength and inspiration for the ongoing struggle for workplace safety. 

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