Posts Tagged ‘Construction’

Dec
2016
20

WI GOP Introduces Bill Blocking Local Wage, Safety, Hiring Standards in Construction

WI GOP Introduces Bill Blocking Local Wage, Safety, Hiring Standards in Construction
  ff Don’t try to tell us 2016 was the worst of it when Wisconsin workers are staring down the barrel of a loaded legislative gun. State Rep. Rob Hutton has introduced a bill that would block local governments from requiring Project Labor Agreements (PLAs) on public construction projects. Instead, Hutton said he would like [&hellip...
Dec
2016
20

Facing Rise in Construction Fatalities, Anti-Union Contractor Lobbies Simply Repeat Themselves

Facing Rise in Construction Fatalities, Anti-Union Contractor Lobbies Simply Repeat Themselves
  According to a new report from the Department of Labor (DOL), construction workplace fatalities reached a seven-year peak in 2015. The report, released last week by the DOL’s Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), says private construction industry fatalities increased by 4%, from 899 to 937, between 2014 and 2015. They also note the...
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Dec
2016
15

San Jose Building Trades, Citing Successful L.A. Ballot Measure, Pressure City on Developer Tax Breaks

San Jose Building Trades, Citing Successful L.A. Ballot Measure, Pressure City on Developer Tax Breaks
  San Jose wants to give more tax breaks to developers, but trade unions aren’t having it – not without a little something in return, at least. The city is offering half-off discounts on park fees and construction taxes to companies that build residential high-rises before 2020. The city council must decide whether it wants to...
Dec
2016
15

Rowan University and Building Trades Open Door to Online Education

Rowan University and Building Trades Open Door to Online Education
  One of the primary goals of North America’s Building Trades Unions (NABTU), the group representing hundreds of thousands of skilled workers from more than a dozen trades, is to boost apprenticeship and training nationwide. They invest handsomely in these efforts in myriad ways. One of their more recent, forward-thinking approaches has...
Dec
2016
13

“Merit” Shop: Death in Brooklyn Brings Non-Union NYC Fatality Total to 26 Over Two Years

  A tragic accident has claimed the life of yet another New York City construction worker. Wilfredo Enrique, 59, fell to his death while installing a facade at 325 Kent Avenue. He was working a development at the site of the former Domino Sugar refinery on the Williamsburg waterfront in Brooklyn. New York has seen a sharp increase in...
Dec
2016
9

MEPI: Prevailing Wage Cost Savings Claims Mean WI GOP “Expects People to Work For Free”

MEPI: Prevailing Wage Cost Savings Claims Mean WI GOP
  In Wisconsin, opponents of the prevailing wage have suggested that a full repeal could result in savings of 44%. But a new report from the Midwest Economic Policy Institute (MEPI) – “Prevailing Wage Repeal Cannot Result in ’44 Percent Savings'” – challenges that assertion. MEPI takes particular issue with a 2015...
Nov
2016
18

Red Bluegrass: Prevailing Wage Repeal, “Right-to-Work” Increasingly Likely in KY Following Election

Red Bluegrass: Prevailing Wage Repeal,
  The grass may still be blue, but Kentucky is looking redder than ever. For the first time in 95 years, Republicans will outnumber Democrats in the Kentucky House of Representatives. That gives them control of the entire state legislature. In a guest post for Insider Louisville, Kentucky Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Dave [&hellip...
Nov
2016
16

Questions About Labor Supply, Wages, Tax Breaks Surround Trump’s $1T Infrastructure Plan

Questions About Labor Supply, Wages, Tax Breaks Surround Trump's $1T Infrastructure Plan
  On its face, Donald Trump’s promise to invest one trillion dollars into our nation’s crumbling infrastructure looks like a good thing. The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) gives the the U.S. a D+ on infrastructure and decades of underfunding have left us in serious need of an overhaul. The ASCE estimates that it [&hellip...
Nov
2016
15

Housing Developers Finally Agree to Prevailing Wages as Condition of Tax Breaks in NYC

Housing Developers Finally Agree to Prevailing Wages as Condition of Tax Breaks in NYC
  Last Thursday, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) announced a deal with developers and union construction officials that could bring back a program designed to create affordable housing for everyday New Yorkers. The program, called 421-a, expired in January. After a failed effort to revive it in August, Gov. Cuomo brought the parties back...
Nov
2016
11

Rust Bet: AFL-CIO Part of $2B Investment in Job-Creating Construction Throughout Midwest

Rust Bet: AFL-CIO Part of $2B Investment in Job-Creating Construction Throughout Midwest
  Unions are spearheading a program to rebuild homes and create jobs across the rustbelt. The $2.1 billion effort, largely funded by the AFL-CIO Housing Investment Trust’s MidWest@Work Investment Strategy, aims to renovate aging neighborhoods and combat disinvestment and unemployment: “The cycle of despair in the urban centers of...
Nov
2016
9

A Vote for Precedent: Supervisor Charged with Homicide in NYC Construction Worker’s Death

A Vote for Precedent: Supervisor Charged with Homicide in NYC Construction Worker's Death
  Wilmer Cueva, the excavation supervisor overseeing the New York City construction site where a young worker was crushed to death last year, has been charged with criminally negligent homicide. The verdict was handed down Friday, with sentencing scheduled for December 16. Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr. said companies and...
Oct
2016
28

A Boom for Whom? Building Trades Want Nashville’s Growth to Benefit Workers

A Boom for Whom? Building Trades Want Nashville's Growth to Benefit Workers
  Nashville is booming. Davidson County’s unemployment rate is the second lowest in the state at 3.8%. And the Nashville Business Journal recently found that the city’s wealthiest zip codes have grown wealthier over the past three years. Unfortunately, they also found the poorest have grown poorer during the same stretch....