Menu

Building Trades

Building and Construction Report

March 1, 2017 
By Stephanie West

New York, NY - The value of New York City construction starts reached $32.2 billion in 2016, a decline of 22 percent from 2015, according to a New York Building Congress analysis of construction data from Dodge Data & Analytics.  

Three Construction Unions Back Trump Labor Nominee

March 1, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Washington, DC - Three of the nation’s main building-trades unions have endorsed Alexander Acosta, President Donald Trump’s new nominee for Secretary of Labor. Douglas McCarron, general president of the International Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America, said in a Feb. 16 statement that Acosta is an “advocate for the middle class” committed to fighting payroll fraud.

Construction Workers, Supporters Protest RXR BOMA Pinnacle Awards, Launch RXOurFuture Website

February 27, 2017 
By Silver Krieger

New York, NY – Members of Metallic Lathers and Reinforcing Ironworkers Local 46 and supporters rallied on Thursday, February 23rd, outside the entrance to the Chelsea Piers in Manhattan, to protest the RXR BOMA Pinnacle Awards, and to announce the launching of a website, RXOurFuture.

Worker Advocates to Trump: We are All United!

February 16, 2017
By Joe Maniscalco

Hector Figueroa, president, 32 BJ.

Brooklyn, NY - This week’s defeat of Andy Puzder’s nomination as U.S. labor secretary could help further thwart the Trump administration’s strategy of dividing and conguering the labor movement — but the head of the largest union of property service workers in the nation is convinced that unions will stand together and fight no matter what. 

Thanks, Trump: Anti-Immigration Rhetoric is Helping Crooks Steal

February 16, 2017
By Joe Maniscalco

Comptroller Scott Stinger is 'doubling down' on crooked contractors.

New York, NY - The Trump administration’s already corrosive crusade against Muslim people and immigrant communities of color is now also helping to “embolden” crooked contractors intent on cheating vulnerable workers out of millions of dollars in hard-earned wages and benefits, according to New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer. 

This Week's Buzz: Weingarten Puts DeVos on Notice!

February 15, 2017
By Joe Maniscalco 

AFT President Randi Weingarten is putting Betsy DeVos on notice.

New York, NY - Charter school zealot Betsy Devos may have been confirmed as U.S. labor secretary — but on this week’s episode of LaborPress’ “Blue Collar Buzz” airing Sunday night at 9 p.m. on AM970, Randi Weingarten, American Federation of Teachers head, says pubic school advocates are ready to block any attempt to defund schools -- the same way Donald Trump’s Muslim travel ban was blocked in federal court. Hector Figueroa, 32BJ SEIU president, talks solidarity and organized labor’s response to the Trump administration; and John Skinner, Ironworkers Local 46 political & legislative director, defends the rights of hard-pressed New York City construction workers. We’ll also learn how labor unions working with General Vision Services (GVS) are helping to change lives one pair of eyeglasses at a time. 

Labor: Safety Reforms Do Not Come At the Cost of Construction Jobs!

February 13, 2017
By Joe Maniscalco

Powerful interests have taken aim at the Construction Safety Act.

New York, NY - In the last two years, when construction workers have died on mostly non-union job sites throughout the city, it’s largely been communities of color who have been left to pick up the pieces. But that isn’t stopping opponents of the new Construction Safety Act from advancing the glaringly specious argument that legislative reforms now before the New York City Council will somehow limit opportunities for minority workers — and that has organized labor saying, “no way.”

This Week's Buzz: Construction Site Safety in the Balance; Fired Up Nurses And More!

February 8, 2017
By Joe Maniscalco

Bill and Neal with James Mahoney.

New York, New York - On this week’s episode of LaborPress’ “Blue Collar Buzz” airing Sunday night at 9 p.m. on AM970, James Mahoney, president, New York State District Council of Ironworkers, pushes back against opponents of the new Construction Safety Act; Ellen Smith, president, Northeast Nurses Association, denounces Donald Trump’s leaked executive order threatening the health of the LGBTQ community; Assemblymember Walter Mosley gives his take on the new 421a tax abatement plan; and Sal Armao, CPA, Armao LLP, talks about the tax pitfalls facing labor unions this year. 

Additional information