New York, NY – The union coalition of bricklayers, carpenters, laborers and cement and concrete workers formed to fight back against NYC’s increasingly anti-worker construction industry continues to hold some of the biggest players on the scene to account.
A week before Thanksgiving Day festivities, members of Cement and Concrete Workers District Council 16, New York City District Council of Carpenters, Local 79, and Local 1 Bricklayers brought their #TakeItBack campaign to the Manhattan offices of Allianz Capital Partners of America, located at 1633 Broadway.
Allianz, like other enormous financial institutions including J.P. Morgan Asset Management, invests huge sums of money into projects openly flouting fundamental worker rights and protections.
Trade unionists are calling on the multi-billion-dollar conglomerate to start enforcing responsible contractor policies and to stop supporting an “underground economy that creates a race to the bottom.”
Allianz is an investor in the new Terminal Warehouse project in the West Chelsea Historic District. Contractors with problematic business practices hired to work on the Terminal Warehouse project include New Line Structures, ECD NY, and Alba Services. The firms have lengthy histories that include dangerous work conditions, extensive litigation, allegations of wage theft, allegations of gender discrimination, and tragically one recorded worker fatality.
This past summer, the New York City Department of Sanitation reportedly started investigating illegal handling and disposal of asbestos containing material at the Terminal Warehouse.