A decade ago, the Building and Construction Trades Councils did not have a lot of interest in working on New York City affordable housing projects. Developers found little reason to pay higher union wages to construct housing units at below-market prices, and the unions were likewise more keen on higher-paying luxury residential projects and commercial high-rises.
But now, as the building trades have suffered a loss of membership, lost market share and seen their influence in the construction sector wane, union interest in the affordable sector is growing. And the de Blasio administration is pushing for their involvement. [more]