Posts Tagged ‘NYC’

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...
Oct
2016
27

Building Trades: “Irresponsible Developers” to Blame for NYC’s Non-Union Construction Deaths

Building Trades:
  The City of New York saw yet another construction worker die on the job last week. The Department of Buildings (DOB) issued a stop work order immediately after the accident, which occurred at a Brooklyn hotel site. New York City has experienced a slew of fatal construction accidents of late, prompting local building trades [&hellip...
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Jul
2016
20

1000s Camp Out in NYC for Chance to become Plumbers Union Apprentice

1000s Camp Out in NYC for Chance to become Plumbers Union Apprentice
  Hundreds of young men camped out on the streets of New York City last weekend waiting for applications to the Plumbers Union Apprenticeship Program in Queens. The applications were distributed on Monday morning to the first 1,000 people in line. The immense popularity of the program meant not everyone could get their hands on one: Signs...
Jan
2016
5

NY Wage Theft, Prevailing Wage Enforcement Bills Resulting in Impactful Backpay, Restitution

NY Wage Theft, Prevailing Wage Enforcement Bills Resulting in Impactful Backpay, Restitution
  A pair of initiatives in New York state are beginning to pay off for workers who fall victim to wage theft.  Both are aimed at protecting vulnerable workers, particularly those with varying levels of immigration status, from unscrupulous employers who seek to cheat the system.  In July, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced a new...
Apr
2015
9

NY AG Unearths $1,000,000 in Stolen Construction Wages; Jail Time Pursued for Contractors

NY AG Unearths $1,000,000 in Stolen Construction Wages; Jail Time Pursued for Contractors
  Five construction contractors who performed work on public works projects in New York City have been arrested for wage theft after an investigation by the Attorney General’s office found stolen wages totaling more than $1 million.  The arrests come as part of a long-running investigation into wage theft on public works projects.   Three...
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...
Oct
2013
1

AFL-CIO Housing Investment Trust Putting $40M Toward Hospital Expansion, Union Job Creation

  The AFL-CIO’s Housing Investment Trust (HIT) will invest $40 million in union pension capital towards the construction of the Weill Cornell Ambulatory Care Center, part of the New York-Presbyterian Hospital.  The $896 million project will employ 100 percent union labor and create more than 5,200 construction jobs according to a press...
Jun
2013
26

SEIU Survey: NYC Developers Taking Luxury Tax Exemptions, Not Paying Prevailing Wages

  Apartment building service workers protested at three New York City sites last week because they are not being paid the prevailing wages guaranteed to them under a city law that grants luxury buildings tax exemptions.   A new survey conducted by 32BJ SEIU shows that close to half of the buildings receiving tax exemptions [&hellip...
Jun
2013
5

Framing “Fragmented” Union Endorsements in NYC Mayor’s Race As a Failure Is an Unfair Double Standard

Framing
  Articles are cropping up around New York which address the labor movement vis-a-vis the race to replace Michael Bloomberg as mayor. Many of these pieces seem to be reveling in the fact that the labor movement is not unified behind one candidate as if this somehow displays a weakness or poses a serious problem. [&hellip...
May
2013
24

GRAPHIC: 84% of NYC Fast Food Workers Have Experienced Wage Theft Once, 66% Twice

GRAPHIC: 84% of NYC Fast Food Workers Have Experienced Wage Theft Once, 66% Twice
  A staggering new statistic does much to explain why fast food workers are striking from New York to Milwaukee. According to Fast Food Forward, 84% of fast food workers surveyed report having experienced wage theft at least once.  For delivery workers, the number is an incredulous 100 percent.   The issue is finally coming [&hellip...