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'Sweat' Stars and Pulitzer Prize Winners on This Week's Blue Collar Buzz!

March 23, 2017
By Joe Maniscalco

Alison Wright, Johanna Day and Michelle Wilson in "Sweat." (c) Joan Marcus

New York, NY - LaborPress’ “Blue Collar Buzz” is putting working men and women in sharper focus this Sunday night at 9 p.m. on AM970 with exclusive interviews with Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer Deanne Fitzmaurice and “Sweat” Director Kate Whoriskey and Actor Michelle Wilson. We’ll also take a hard look at diversity in the construction industry with Economic Policy Institute President Larry Mishel. 

Stiffed Union Contractor Seeks $2M From Trump’s DC Hotel

March 16, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Washington, DC - A Maryland union electrical contractor is trying to get the Trump Organization to cough up more than $2 million in unpaid bills for extra work it did as the company rushed to open its luxury Washington hotel last fall.

IBEW Local 43 Takes ‘Giving Back To Your Community’ To A New Level…

March 10, 2017 
By WNYLaborToday.com Editor-Publisher Tom Campbell    

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Clay, NY -  Since 2009, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 43 and its nearly 1,200 Members have made a concerted effort to give back where their Members work, live and raise their families across Central New York - and as a result, a number of worthwhile agencies and organizations have been the recipients of nearly $400,000 to help fund an array of programs designed to aid Working People who need a hand up.

This Week's Buzz: Disappearing Jobs And Breaking with the Democratic Party

March 9, 2017
By Joe Maniscalco 

"Trump didn't win -- Dems lost," says Chris Silvera [r].

New York, NY - On this week’s episode of LaborPress’ Blue Collar Buzz, airing Sunday night at 9 p.m. on AM970, we’re talking about labor's continuing ties with the Democratic Party, as well as disappearing jobs from coast to coast with James Slevin, president of the Utility Workers of America, Local 1-2; Chris Silvera, secretary-treasurer, International Brotherhood of Teamsters, Local 808; and Kurt Ho, a systems administrator with the University of California, San Francisco, who’s had his job outsourced overseas along with over 75 other workers. 

Philly Unions Offer to Help Fix Vandalized Jewish Cemetery

March 7, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Philadelphia, PA - Two city unions say they will help repair a vandalized Jewish cemetery for free. The Philadelphia Building and Construction Trades Council said Feb. 27 that it would replace damaged headstones at the Mount Carmel Cemetery in the city’s northeast, and re-sod and clean the grounds.

Sims Recycling Workers Vote for Union

March 5, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia

New York. NY - Workers at the city’s main recycling plant now have a union. An eight-month organizing campaign at Sims Municipal Recycling’s Sunset Park facility culminated March 3, when workers voted 46-20 to join Teamsters Local 210.

A WNYLaborToday.com Report: “To Help Ease The Pain,”…

March 2, 2017  
By WNYLaborToday.com Editor-Publisher Tom Campbell  
 
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Philadelphia, PA - In the wake of more than 100 headstones toppled over at a Jewish Cemetery in Philadelphia, which authorities say is the latest in a wave of anti-Semitic incidents across the country in recent weeks, Union Workers represented by the Philadelphia Building & Construction Trades Council will donate their time on Saturday (March 4th) to help reset the toppled tombstones and re-sod the damaged gravesites.

Nonunion Isn’t Kosher, Workers Tell Seminary

March 1, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia

New York, Nonunion isn’t kosher.
That was the message about 125 protesters, a mix of building-trades workers and students, sent to Jewish Theological Seminary Feb. 28.

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. 

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