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Construction Workers Rally as Council Eyes Safety Bills

February 1, 2017
By Steven Wishnia

New York, N.Y.—As the City Council took up a package of 21 bills intended to strengthen construction and crane safety regulationsJan. 31, thousands of construction workers were rallying alongside City Hall to demand that it pass them. The package’s centerpiece is Intro 1447, sponsored by Housing and Buildings Committee chair Jumaane D. Williams (D-Brooklyn).

This Week's Buzz: Hiring Freeze Backlash; Trump vs. Labor; Carnegie Deli Fight

January 31, 2017
By Joe Maniscalco

Workers are fighting back on this week's BCB!

New York, NY - On this week’s episode of LaborPress’ “Blue Collar Buzz” airing Sunday night at 9 p.m. on AM970 The Answer, AFGE National President David Cox warns the American people are going to pay a “tough price” for Trump’s new federal pay and hiring freeze; while Ironworkers President Eric Dean says the Oval Office’s current occupant is defintely trying to “drive a wedge” between American labor unions. UniteHere Local 100 President Bill Granfield also talks about the latest efforts to save the jobs of longtime workers at the famed Carnegie Deli on 7th Avenue.  

Trump Starts Chipping Away At the House of Labor

January 26, 2017
By Joe Maniscalco
Reporter’s Notebook

Donald J. Trump: Divide and conquer?

Brooklyn, NY - Earlier this week, the leaders of several major unions reportedly exited a White House meeting with Donald Trump sounding upbeat and enthusiastic about the future — but it also looks like the meeting was actually the first step in Trump’s greater plan to divide and conquer the House of Labor. 

Construction Worker Fatalities On The Rise

January 26, 2017 
By Neal Tepel

New York, NY -Between 2011 and 2015, construction worker fatalities in New York state rose from 33 to 55, according to “Deadly Skyline,” a study recently released by the New York Committee for Occupational Safety & Health. Of those deaths, 25 were in New York City.

This Week's Blue Collar Buzz: Will the Presidency Tame Trump?

January 25, 2017
By Joe Maniscalco

Teamsters JC 16 President George Miranda with Bill and Neal.

New York, NY - On this week’s episode of LaborPress’ “Blue Collar Buzz” broadcasting Sunday night at 9 p.m. on AM970, we’re talking to Teamsters Joint Council 16 President George Miranda about the possibility of Donald Trump actually “growing into” the office of president. We’ll also find out why Robert Score, IATSE, Local One recording correspondence secretary believes now might be a “fantastic time” to finally advance the campaign for single-payer healthcare. ALIGN Campaign Coordinator Daisy Chung also talks about how working men and women in the Climate Works for All Coalition are fighting hard to make sure NYC communities benefit from the 10-year plan to erect solar panels on hundreds of public buildings.

NYC Building Trades Leads the Nation with Diversified Employment

January 25, 2017 
By Neal Tepel

New York, NY - The findings from the forthcoming  Columbia University report clearly  documents that Black workers are far more represented in the union construction workforce (21.2 percent) than in the nonunion construction workforce (15.8 percent) in New York City.

Blue Collar Backbone: Champions of NYC Construction Workers Arrested Outside Trump Tower

January 21, 2017
By Joe Maniscalco

Council member Menchaca is led away in handcuffs.

New York, NY -  Two members of the New York City Council spearheading legislative efforts to bring apprentice training to dangerous non-union construction sites around town where arrested in front of Trump Tower on Friday in defiance of the improbable new president’s virulent anti-worker agenda.

Construction Safety Act Calls for Apprentice Training!

January 20, 2017
By Joe Maniscalco

Organized labor is convinced apprentice training is needed on NYC construction sites.

New York, NY - Inside the package of construction safety bills introduced in the New York City Council this week, is the training and apprentice language that organized labor and other worker advocates have been clamoring for in the face of increasing worksite deaths on mostly non-union job sites. 

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