Posts Tagged ‘labarbera’

Dec
2016
21

Powerful NYC Council Speaker Suggests Support for Building Trades Apprenticeship Legislation

Powerful NYC Council Speaker Suggests Support for Building Trades Apprenticeship Legislation
  New York Building and Construction Trades Council President Gary LaBarbera has been pushing the New York City Council to pass legislation that would require apprenticeship training for construction workers on projects more than 10 stories high. After the falling death of 59-year-old Wilfredo Enrique earlier this month – the latest in a...
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...
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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...
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,...
Jul
2016
20

Despite Lenient Sentence in High-Profile Workplace Death, Contractor Refuses to Abide

Despite Lenient Sentence in High-Profile Workplace Death, Contractor Refuses to Abide
  A judge has ruled that Manhattan-based Harco Construction is guilty of manslaughter in relation to the April 2015 death of 22-year-old Carlos Moncayo. Though Judge A. Kirke Bartley handed down a relatively light sentence — either make a televised public service announcement or pay a $10,000 fine — the firm’s attorney...
Jun
2016
22

Building Trades: 75% of Unionized NYC Apprentices are City Residents, 65% are Minorities

Building Trades: 75% of Unionized NYC Apprentices are City Residents, 65% are Minorities
  In response to a recent op-ed by Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams which claimed that there are “no reliable statistics” showing the growth of minorities on job sites, New York City building trades president Gary LaBarbera hit back, noting how diversity is growing in the trades.  It is easier to rely on old stereotypes [&hellip...
Dec
2015
14

Massive Rally, Slew of New Bills Aim to Right NYC’s Construction Safety Wrongs

Massive Rally, Slew of New Bills Aim to Right NYC's Construction Safety Wrongs
  In New York City, thousands of construction workers rallied at City Hall last week to demand safer work conditions and draw attention to the recent increase in fatalities and injuries on work sites.  The rally was preceded by a march which began at a non-union worksite and featured union members in black hardhats carrying [&hellip...