Building Trades

Mayor de Blasio's Commitment to Union Hardhats Questioned

September 16, 2016
By Joe Maniscalco 

How strong is Mayor de Blasio's support for union hardhats?

New York, NY - Mayor Bill de Blasio’s commitment to New York City hardhats fighting to maintain a foothold in the middle class is being called into serious question this week.  

Sandy Recovery Construction Jobs

September 12, 2016 
By Neal Tepel

New York, NY - The New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) will release a Request for Proposals (RFP) for pre-apprenticeship training and placement program providers to connect NYCHA residents to promising careers in the construction industry.

Bringing Vacant Properties Back To Life

August 30, 2016 
By Tara Jessup

Newburgh, NY - Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman has developed a pilot program to rebuild decaying properties, revitalize neighborhoods, and expand affordable rental housing.

5 Pointz Developer Vilified As a 'Piece of S--t'

August 24, 2016
By Joe Maniscalco

Inflatable pig outside Davis St. site symbolizes developer greed.

Queens, NY - Members of the Building & Construction Trades of Greater New York (BCTC) are calling for the construction of two giant residential towers in Long Island City to be halted this week, saying that the site’s developer flat out reneged on promises to build union after securing required variances from city government. 

Cuomo to AFL-CIO: Workers Have Been Getting 'Screwed' for 30 years

August 23, 2016
By Joe Maniscalco

Members of the Building Trades salute Governor Cuomo outside the AFL-CIO Convention.

New York, NY - Governor Andrew Cuomo told delegates at the 33rd New York State AFL-CIO Constitutional Convention on Monday that working men and women across the country are going into this year’s presidential election feeling nervous, angry, and frustrated because they’ve been “getting screwed for the last 30 years.”

This Week's Buzz: Exploitation, Wage Theft, Inequality and the Rise of Trump

August 18, 2016
By Joe Maniscalco

Neal Tepel with Mika Nagasaki and Irene HongPing Shen.

New York, NY - This week’s episode of LaborPress’ “Blue Collar Buzz” is tackling the plight of NYC home health aides forced to do mandatory overtime; Teamsters Local 456’s battle to keep dangerous non-union concrete trucks out of Westchester County; State Senator James Sanders’ upcoming foreclosure forum; and Colby College Professor Neal Gross’ provocative op-ed, “The Decline of Unions and the Rise of Trump.”

Union Apprenticeships Are More Powerful Than Scorching Heat

August 15, 2016
By Joe Maniscalco

First in line: Jonathan Gardell likes his chances of becoming a union carpenter.

New York, NY- With soaring temperatures, packed coolers and barbecues going full tilt, the street scene surrounding the NYC District Council of Carpenters’ Hudson Street Training Center this week had all the hallmarks of a quintessential summertime block party — only with 250 union apprenticeships at stake.

'Scabbie' Sets Sail to Oppose Titan's Undercutting in Westchester

August 12, 2016
By Joe Maniscalco 

Full speed ahead: Scabbie jeers Titan Concrete.

Westchester, NY - “Scabbie”, Labor’s trusty inflatable rat was a rare sight on the Harlem River this week, as Teamsters Local 456 dispatched the ugly rodent to protest Titan Concrete’s even uglier undercutting of area standards, wages and benefits in Westchester County.

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