Building Trades

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.

AFL-CIO Building Trust Providing Jobs And Housing

August 10, 2016 
By Stephanie West

St. Louis, Missouri - The AFL-CIO Building Investment Trust is bringing to life a community in Forest Park, St. Louis. Encore at Forest Park has an estimated total development cost of $51 million, and at completion is planned to be a five-story multifamily apartment with 247 rental units.

Foreman Accused of Attacking Ironworker Facing Justice

August 9, 2016
By Joe Maniscalco

Juan Paulino at home with sons Gabriel and Jeffrey.

New York, NY - The foreman who allegedly attacked a Bronx ironworker inside a super-ritzy development on “Billionaire’s Row” in Midtown, Manhattan last month, has a September court date and is being ordered to steer clear of the 30-year-old father of two he is accused of assaulting on the job.

421-A Ends and NYC Housing Permits Down

August 7, 2016 
By Stephanie West

New York, NY - The number of residential permits issued by the New York City Department of Buildings (DOB) dropped by more than half in the 12 months after the demise of the 421-a program. During the 12-month period running from the anticipated expiration of the program on July 1, 2015 through June 30 of this year, the DOB authorized construction of 20,144 new units of housing in the five boroughs, a drop of 62 percent from the 52,618 residential permits that were issued between July 1, 2014 and June 30, 2015.

In Search of Affordable Housing and Good Jobs in NYC

August 5, 2016
By Joe Maniscalco

Union rally outside City Point apts. this week.

Brooklyn, NY - Talk about “A tale of two cities” — property service workers at Acadia Realty Trust’s City Point residential development in Downtown Brooklyn are, in some cases, earning half of what their counterparts earn right next door doing the very same jobs.  

Abused Workers Fight Back on This Week's 'Blue Collar Buzz'

August 4, 2016
By Joe Maniscalco

Bill Hohlfeld with Sokunbi Olufemi.

New York, NY - On this week’s episode of LaborPress’ “Blue Collar Buzz” one of the union leaders representing New York City’s Traffic and Sanitation Enforcement Agents has a very special message to incoming Police Commissioner James O’Neill. We also look at the dark side of one of Gotham’s ritziest addresses, as well as the City Point development in Downtown, Brooklyn where workers are fighting hard against poverty wages. Finally, we talk with the senior vice-president of General Vision Services to find out how his company is helping unions all over the metropolitan area deliver superior benefits to members. 

Middle-Class Jobs Killer Urged to Back Off

July 29, 2016
By Joe Maniscalco

Wages at the tony Hamilton apts. have been cut in half.

New York, NY - More than half of the New York City Council, four out of the five borough presidents and 21 members of the New York State Legislature are publicly calling on the new owners of an Upper East Side apartment house where property service workers have recently seen their middle-class salaries cut in half, to restore the wages and benefits that had allowed doormen and porters to raise their families. 

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