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Affordable developers express interest in union wage proposal

Plan would see builders pay some workers 40 percent less than average union wages

September 04, 2014 12:10PM

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From left: Jolie Milstein and Gary Labarbera

From left: Jolie Milstein and Gary Labarbera

In a letter to union leaders, affordable housing developers proposed opening discussions on a plan that would see some organized construction workers accept lower wages for work on below-market rate housing.

The correspondence moves forward the possibility that developers will use more union labor on the construction of affordable units. The Building and Construction Trades Council of Greater New York announced the proposal last month. It would allow developers to pay some union workers 40 percent less than average union wages.

Now, the New York State Association for Affordable Housing is ready to discuss the plan with the council, the Wall Street Journal reported.

Some sticking points have already emerged. In the letter, Jolie Milstein, president and CEO of the association, raised questions about whether union leader Gary Labarbera can marshal support for the plan among member unions, and whether the council is also willing to accept concessions on benefits, according to the newspaper. [WSJ]Tom DiChristopher

  • WageFixingKillsTheEconomy

    Hey – here’s a crazy idea. Let wages be determined by the market. Wow….insane!!!

    • Frito bandito

      Let your job pay be determined that way. Insane is right. You can always find someone willing to work for less. Let’s let all the “non-documented” workers take over all the union jobs. Wow. Asshole.

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