Tag: Laborers Local 79

‘Modern Day Slavery’ Inside NYC’s Construction Industry
Building Trades, Features, Health and Safety, Law and Politics, New York, topslot

‘Modern Day Slavery’ Inside NYC’s Construction Industry

NEW YORK, N.Y.—Wearing orange-and-black facemasks and waving “I AM WORTHY” signs that evoked the landmark 1968 strike by sanitation workers in Memphis, more than 200 construction workers rallied in Manhattan Sept. 15, as Laborers’ Local 79 and the Mason Tenders District Council launched a campaign against the “body shop” system of supplying low-wage nonunion labor…

Notorious NYC ‘Body Shop’ Settles Sexual Harassment Suit Involving 18 Female Construction Workers
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Notorious NYC ‘Body Shop’ Settles Sexual Harassment Suit Involving 18 Female Construction Workers

NEW YORK, N.Y.—A leading supplier of low-wage labor to major construction projects has agreed to pay $1.5 million to settle sexual-harassment complaints 18 women workers filed with the New York State Attorney General’s office. Attorney General Letitia James announced the deal with TradeOff on July 13. The company, based in Lynbrook, Long Island, also agreed…

Unions Share Groceries With Non-Union Brothers & Sisters in Construction
Building Trades, Features, Health and Safety, New York, Retail, topslot

Unions Share Groceries With Non-Union Brothers & Sisters in Construction

New York, NY – Day laborers in Queens, the borough hardest hit by COVID-19, are out of work, but they are not being forgotten. Brothers and sisters from Laborers Local 79 and the New Immigrant Community Empowerment group [NICE], along with Councilman Francisco Moya (D-Corona) recently teamed up to deliver vital groceries to families in…

Laborers Graduate Apprentices, Urge Union-Built Affordable Housing
Building Trades, Education, Features, New York, topslot

Laborers Graduate Apprentices, Urge Union-Built Affordable Housing

NEW YORK, N.Y.–The about 60 Laborers International Union apprentices lined up in a side room at St. Vartan Armenian Cathedral in Manhattan Apr. 17, clad in brilliant saffron-orange caps and gowns.  “When you graduate, you’re part of this forever,” Local 79 apprentice coordinator Timmy Valentine told them. They marched into the cathedral’s main room, chanting…

How Sisters, Daughters, Girlfriends And Nieces Are Changing The Face Of The Building Trades In NYC
Building Trades, Education, headline, New York

How Sisters, Daughters, Girlfriends And Nieces Are Changing The Face Of The Building Trades In NYC

New York, NY — If you are at all interested in seeing the trade union movement build strength and expand diversity, the stubbornly single-digit figures reflecting the overall percentage of women presently working in the Building Trades still have some way to go before they start inspiring backflips in anyone. But there is another unofficial…

Let’s Fix What’s Broken
Building Trades, Features, National, New York

Let’s Fix What’s Broken

All of us have heard, and probably used at some time in our lives, the old expression: “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” There is no doubt, that as conventional wisdom, that maxim has stood the test of time. I would submit that the converse is equally true. If it is broken, by all…