Posts Tagged ‘de blasio’

Nov
2016
10

Freelance Isn’t Free: NYC Passes Wage Theft Bill With Stiff Penalties to Protect Gig Economy Workers

Freelance Isn't Free: NYC Passes Wage Theft Bill With Stiff Penalties to Protect Gig Economy Workers
  The City Council of New York unanimously passed legislation late last month designed to protect freelancers against wage theft. The Freelance Isn’t Free Act imposes stiff penalties on employers who fail to pay their freelancers promptly. It is an early attempt to contend with the policy challenges presented by the emerging “gig...
Sep
2016
19

One Third of NYC Construction Deaths Went “Unrecorded” by the de Blasio Administration in 2015

One Third of NYC Construction Deaths Went
  Not all deaths are created equal. This holds especially true in the City of New York. Of the 17 construction-related deaths reported last year by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), six went unrecorded by the de Blasio administration. It turns out the Department of Buildings, which regulates construction in the city,...
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Apr
2016
20

NY Gov. Cuomo Pledges Allegiance to Building Trades, Prevailing Wages in 421-a Fight

NY Gov. Cuomo Pledges Allegiance to Building Trades, Prevailing Wages in 421-a Fight
  Speaking at the North America’s Building Trades Union (NABTU) legislative conference, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo vowed to stand with union labor and reject legislation that is unfair to workers.  His speech, ahead of one given by the NABTU’s endorsed presidential candidate, Hillary Clinton, signalled his position on the...
Jan
2016
19

Duh Blasio: Mayor’s Anti-Wage Stance Leads to Suspension of Affordable Housing Construction

Duh Blasio: Mayor's Anti-Wage Stance Leads to Suspension of Affordable Housing Construction
  With no deal able to be reached between construction unions and the Real Estate Board of New York (REBNY), the controversial 421-a tax abatement program expired at midnight on Friday.  While a bill was passed to extend the program for a four-year period in June, it was dependent on the two groups reaching a [&hellip...
Jan
2016
4

Exposé Suggests Prevailing Wage Abuse at Buildings Benefiting from NYC’s 421-a Tax Break

Exposé Suggests Prevailing Wage Abuse at Buildings Benefiting from NYC's 421-a Tax Break
  A recent ProPublica piece on the 421-a tax abatement program in New York highlights some of the abuses workers face due to a lack of enforcement by the agencies charged with ensuring regulations are followed.  The controversial program is the city’s largest housing subsidy and has faced increased scrutiny since the state forced trade...
Oct
2015
20

Stringer, James Back NYC Building Trades Plan to Invest $150 in HIT Funds for Affordable Housing

Stringer, James Back NYC Building Trades Plan to Invest $150 in HIT Funds for Affordable Housing
  New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer and Public Advocate Letitia James came together last week to announce a $150 million investment from the city retirement system into a $1 billion AFL-CIO Housing Investment Trust (HIT) plan to build or renovate up to 20,000 below-market apartments. The projects would be done entirely by union labor....
Sep
2015
24

NYC Construction Unions Rally for Abused Workers, Cite Need for Prevailing Wage

NYC Construction Unions Rally for Abused Workers, Cite Need for Prevailing Wage
  Over 100 unionized construction workers were joined by politicians, labor leaders, and members of community action groups in the Bronx to rally around workers who walked off an unsafe and abusive jobsite.  The workers were employed by subcontractor U.S. Crane and Rigging, one of nearly a dozen iron work firms owned by the Queens-based...
Jul
2015
20

Developers, Lobbyists Linked to de Blasio’s Anti-Prevailing Wage Efforts Have Scandalous History

Developers, Lobbyists Linked to de Blasio's Anti-Prevailing Wage Efforts Have Scandalous History
  The latest lobbying disclosure from the group Putting New Yorkers to Work shows that part of the $1.9 million used in their campaign to push for an extension of the 421-a tax abatement program came from developers who were involved in the federal corruption charges surrounding former Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and former Senate...
Jun
2015
5

Construction Workers Counter de Blasio’s Talking Points with Rally, Assemblymen Speeches

Construction Workers Counter de Blasio's Talking Points with Rally, Assemblymen Speeches
  With the 421-a tax abatement debate heating up Albany and the New York papers, hundreds of construction workers flooded East Capitol Park demanding lawmakers include prevailing wage provisions in any 421-a renewal.   Governor Andrew Cuomo and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio are odds over the issue, with Cuomo supporting construction...
Jun
2015
2

Cuomo Jabs de Blasio Over Prevailing Wage Cuts for NYC Construction Workers

Cuomo Jabs de Blasio Over Prevailing Wage Cuts for NYC Construction Workers
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May
2015
29

Bill de Base: NYC Mayor Supports Lowering Construction Wages on Affordable Housing Projects

Bill de Base: NYC Mayor Supports Lowering Construction Wages on Affordable Housing Projects
  New York Mayor Bill de Blasio is playing a divisive game with New York City’s labor unions as he works towards reforming the 412-a tax abatement program that is set to expire on June 15th.  The program grants tax abatements to developers who build and preserving affordable housing units in the city. It costs [&hellip...
May
2015
11

NYC Mayor, Labor Want to Reform Tax Program that Hurts Wages, Stifles Affordable Housing

NYC Mayor, Labor Want to Reform Tax Program that Hurts Wages, Stifles Affordable Housing
  An alliance of labor unions and contractors calling themselves Up4NYC have begun a major push to overhaul the 421-a tax abatement program so that it can provide more affordable housing and guarantee higher wages for construction workers.  The launch of the lobbying campaign comes as the state legislature begins debate over tax abatement...