Posts Tagged ‘New York’

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...
Apr
2015
2

NYC Construction Union Diversity Stacks Up to Rest of City, Other Industries

NYC Construction Union Diversity Stacks Up to Rest of City, Other Industries
  Following a blog post on Crain’s New York titled “Blacks missing out on construction jobs,” the city’s unions responded noting that union construction is an exception to this trend.  Among the respondents was Robert Bonanza, business manager of the 17,000-member Mason Tenders District Council of Greater New York and Long...
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Feb
2015
12

The Rigged Apple: Task Force Finds 133,000 New York Workers Were Misclassified in 2014

The Rigged Apple: Task Force Finds 133,000 New York Workers Were Misclassified in 2014
  In its...
Jul
2014
22

Investigation Finds MTA Contractor Underpaid Security Workers, $1.3M Settlement Reached

  After an investigation by the office of New York City comptroller Scott Stringer, security workers for AlliedBarton Security Services who were contracted by the Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) but did not receive prevailing wages will share a $1.3 million settlement.   According to the New York Daily News, the settlement effects 143...
Jul
2014
18

NY Building Trades Leader: Insurance Co.’s to Blame for Many Scaffold Law Attacks

  The president of the New York State Building & Construction Trades Council, James Cahill, is calling out state leaders in Albany who seek to dismantle worker-protective scaffolding laws. Noting the importance of the law for workers hoping to restart life after catastrophic injuries, Cahill questions why the focus of opponents’...
May
2014
20

NY Development Sets Tough Local Hiring, Sustainability Standards Under Project Labor Agreement

NY Development Sets Tough Local Hiring, Sustainability Standards Under Project Labor Agreement
  Developers of the new project at the former site of the Williams Lake Hotel near Rosendale, NY have announced a Project Labor Agreement (PLA) which aims to hire 50 to 75 percent of the construction workforce locally.  The PLA will also set standards for the developers to buy locally.   The “preference for procurement” [&hellip...
May
2014
5

Avenged Scaffold: Institutes Hurl Freedom of Information Requests in NY Worker Safety Rule Battle

Avenged Scaffold: Institutes Hurl Freedom of Information Requests in NY Worker Safety Rule Battle
  The validity of a study which is being used as evidence of the need for reforming New York’s 129-year old scaffold law is being disputed by labor unions and other groups who want to see the law remain intact. SUNY’s Nelson A. Rockefeller Institute of Government completed the study, but the institute has begun [&hellip...
Apr
2014
9

100,000 Sign Petition to Reinstate Fired UPS Workers; Teamsters Rally at City Hall

  As part of their plan to eventually fire all 250 Queens, NY drivers who participated in a 90-minute work stoppage, UPS let 17 workers go last Friday. The mass firing brought the total to 36.   The work stoppage was organized in late February to protest the firing of a 24-year old veteran who [&hellip...
Mar
2014
7

NY in 2013: 127K Misclassified Workers, $62M in Back Wages, $55M in Missing Unemployment Contributions

  In 2013, the state Department of Labor conducted 13,000 audits and investigations finding 127,000 workers had been misclassified.  The report found that their employers collectively owed over $55 million to unemployment contributions.  Misclassified workers were owed $62 million in back wages.   The 12 industries with the highest...
Feb
2014
28

NY AG Cracks Whip on Another Unscrupulous Contractor, $115,000 in Back Wages Paid Out

  The office of New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has announced the guilty pleas of Universal Steel Fabricators, Inc. and its owners on charges they failed to pay the prevailing wage on a publicly-funded project. In addition, they falsified payrolls.   The company will pay six of its workers $115,000 in back wages and [&hellip...
Feb
2014
26

Upstate NY Town Votes to Require Apprenticeship Programs on Large-Scale Project

  The town of Hamburg, NY will begin to require contractors bidding on jobs over $300,000 to have a state approved apprenticeship program following a 2-1 vote by the town board on Monday.  Hamburg, which is just south of Buffalo, had a similar law in effect from 2004 to 2008.   The new resolution states [&hellip...
Feb
2014
19

Prevailing Wage Settlement Long Overdue in Hurricane Sandy Clean Up Case, Lawmakers Say

  Looks Great Services, a Long Island contractor hired to help clean up downed trees after Hurricane Sandy, has reached a settlement with 16 workers it did not pay the prevailing wage.  The workers were employed by Kansas-based Custom Tree Care, a subcontractor of Looks Great.  In the state of New York a prime contractor [&hellip...