Building Trades

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.

 Buildings Upgraded Provide Jobs for Thousands 

April 22, 2017 
By Neal Tepel

New York, NY - The New York City Department of Buildings (DOB) issued 5,641 permits, with a combined value of $9.3 billion, for alterations and renovations (A&R) to existing buildings in 2016, according to a New York Building Congress analysis of construction data from Dodge Data & Analytics.

San Diego Building-Trades Activists Protest Trump

April 14, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

San Diego, CA - When President Donald Trump spoke to the national Building Trades legislative conference in Washington April 4, six members of International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 569 turned their backs and held up signs saying “Resist.”

Unifor OKs Contract, Averts Lockout at Saskatchewan Refinery

April 11, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Regina, Canada - Workers at the Co-op Refinery Complex in Regina ratified a new contract Apr. 3, averting a lockout they had expected after a 14-day cooling-off period ended Mar. 30.

Labor Appreciation Day Marked by Panel on Improving Safety at Construction Sites

April 9, 2017
By Silver Krieger

New York, NY -- LaborPress and AM970 The Answer held a special event on Thursday, April 4th, to honor Labor Appreciation Day. At the midtown location, six panels were held on important labor topics including the first of the day, titled “Improving Safety at Construction Sites.”

Eric Landau To Lead Brooklyn Bridge Park

April 8, 2017 
By Neal Tepel

New York, NY - Mayor Bill de Blasio has  nominated Eric Landau to serve as President of the Brooklyn Bridge Park Corporation. Landau will lead the 85-acre park’s continued expansion, oversee its daily operations and foster its long-term stability.

Falling Cement Sparks Building-Trades Protest

April 1, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia

New York, NY - The day after a concrete-form blowout spewed debris 35 stories down onto cars driving on East 59th Street, building-trades workers protested the developer’s use of a nonunion contractor.

LI Building Trades Expand Apprenticeships

March 31, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Hauppauge, NY - The number of apprentices in Long Island’s building trades has increased by 54% in the last five years, aided by programs like Opportunities Long Island, local construction unions’ free pre-apprenticeship program.

Then As Now, Greed Continues to Kill New York City Workers

March 28, 2017
By Joe Maniscalco

Lest we forget...?

New York, NY - Back in 1911, the bodies of poor immigrant workers killed in the infamous Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire were piled up on the sidewalk outside the old Asch Building at Greene Street and Washington Place in a ghastly makeshift morgue. Flash forward to today, and the bodies of immigrant construction workers overwhelming killed on non-union job sites throughout the city since 2015, have not been quite so visible. But the callous disregard for all of their lives — garment workers and construction workers alike — remains just about the same. 

'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.

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