Building Trades

City: Brooklyn Scaffold Fatality Was Wearing a Safety Harness

June 21, 2017
By Joe Maniscalco

Scene of the deadly fall.

New York, NY - A 58-year-old man who fell to his death this past Sunday in Brooklyn while scraping paint off the facade at 1382 Nostrand Avenue was wearing the safety harness that should have been able to save his life. 

AFL-CIO Housing  Trust Update

June 20, 2017 
AFL-CIO Housing  Trust Update

Washington, DC -  The AFL-CIO Housing Investment Trust (HIT) has released the second installment of its HIT Podcast series, "Community Revitalization the Union Way."

NYC Plans Ambitious Capital Spending Strategy

June 18, 2017 
By Stephanie West

New York, NY - The unprecedented $58 billion five-year capital spending plan represents a significant acceleration of infrastructure construction.

Unions, Environmentalists Celebrate First U.S. Offshore Wind Farm

June 17, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

North Kingstown, RI, - Rhode Island building-trades unions and environmentalists celebrated the nation’s first offshore wind-power farm on a chartered-boat cruise June 13.

Bricklayers’ Expo Shows Skills, Pushes Prevailing Wage

June 14, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia

Albany, N.Y.—On June 13, the New York Regional Conference of Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers invited reporters and elected officials to try some of the tasks masonry workers do on the job, like laying bricks and setting tile. More daring participants, the union said, could “strap into a safety harness and stand on a two-point suspended scaffold rig about three feet wide.”

Construction Worker Killed in Fall at Manhattan West Development

June 12, 2017
By Silver Krieger

New York, NY – Yet another failure by developers to maintain safety standards has led to the tragic death of a construction worker in New York City. Roger Vail, 62, was killed on Monday night, June 5th, while working as a surveyor on a building at development site Manhattan West, at 400 West 33rd Street. Part of the Hudson Yards complex, it is being constructed by Brookfield Properties.

Hotel Trades Council Backs  Moya for  Council

June 11, 2017 
By Stephanie West

Corona, NY -  Queens Assemblyman earns support of influential union in campaign for City Council's 21st District.   Assemblyman Francisco Moya (D - Corona) has received the endorsement of the Hotel Trades Council (HTC).

Building Trades Commemorate Ground Zero’s ‘Last Column’

June 2, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia

New York, NY - In what building-trades union head Gary LaBarbera called “a small, solemn service,” about 100 construction workers and union leaders gathered in Zuccotti Park May 30 to mark the 15th anniversary of the last column being removed from the rubble of the World Trade Center after the 9/11 attacks.

NYC Construction Spending Sets Record

May 27, 2017 
By Stephanie West

New York, NY - Construction spending across the five boroughs set an all-time record in 2016, according to a New York Building Congress analysis of multiple data sources.

Could The Koch Brothers ‘Get Their Way’ And Make New York A Right-To-Work…

May 26, 2017  
By Editor-Publisher Tom Campbell  
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Cheektowaga,NY - Could the Koch Brothers get their way and make New York a Right-To-Work (for less) State?  They could, according to representatives of the New York State AFL-CIO, if a Constitutional Convention is held and Albany special interests and lobbyists have their say and hoodwink New Yorkers into believing such a convention to change the State Constitution is a good thing.

SEIU Local 1021: Helping The Homeless

May 18, 2017 
By Chris Flink
SEIU Local 1021

Oakland, CA - Driven by skyrocketing housing costs and cuts to public services, Oakland’s housing and homelessness crisis continues to worsen. City of Oakland SEIU Local 1021 members have been told to clean up homeless encampments, where they’ve encountered unsafe working conditions.

Canadian Building Trades Honored

May 17, 2017 
By Jerry Levine, LaborPress Canada

Ottawa, Canada -  On Tuesday May 16th,  Canada's Building Trades Unions (CBTU)  hosted the much anticipated unveiling of the Canadian Building Trades Monument in Major's Hill Park in Ottawa.

A Dozen Walk Off BK Navy Yard Job; Get Fresh Start With Union Ironworkers

May 12, 2017
By Joe Maniscalco 

Ironworkers VP James Mahoney (r) welcomes striking worker.

Brooklyn, NY - A dozen non-union ironworkers helping to erect a 16-story office building inside the Brooklyn Navy costing hundreds of millions of dollars, walked off the job early Wednesday afternoon, citing dangerous working conditions, poor pay and lack of benefits. 

Serious Gaps in MTA’s Maintenance of Elevators and Escalators

May 10, 2017 
By Stephanie West

New York, NY - New Yorkers frequently see breakdowns of the MTA’s elevators and escalators, and a new report released by New York City Comptroller Scott M. Stringer explains why.

Top Apprentices Motivated By More Than Money

April 25, 2017
By Joe Maniscalco 

Tawana Finley.

New York, NY - Each year, for almost the past 50 years, the finest 4th-year apprentices in the business have showcased their much sought after skills in the NYC District Council of Carpenters Training Center’s Open House/Exhibit. But what might be different now are the diverse kinds of people actually swinging the hammers — and what motivates them to be the best. 

Wisconsin Building Trades Rip Walker Proposal to Nix Licensing Exams

April 23, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Madison, WI - A proposal by Gov. Scott Walker to exempt journeyman plumbers, electricians, and sprinkler fitters from having to take an exam to get their license after they finish a state-approved apprenticeship program has drawn sharp criticism from construction unions and some contractors.

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