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  • From left: Bill de Blasio and Gary LaBarbera

    L-R: Bill de Blasio and Gary LaBarbera

    A major trades council that works closely with City Hall and the construction industry is backing Public Advocate Bill de Blasio for mayor. The Building and Construction Trades Council of Greater New York, which is affiliated with about 100,000 union members, gave its endorsement today, praising what it described as de Blasio’s commitment to responsible development, affordable housing and job creation. [more]

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  • Rendering of Broome Street section of Essex crossing

    Rendering of Broome Street section of Essex crossing

    Leaders of local construction and building worker unions have panned the city’s selection of developers to overhaul nine parcels that make up the the Seward Park Urban Renewal Area. [more]

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  • From left: Joseph Moinian and Gary LaBarbera

    A report card commissioned by a new union advocacy organization that gave the Moinian Group’s operations an “F” has several flaws and seems to unsystematically target the developer for its penchant for hiring nonunion workers. In its report, Build up NYC, a coalition of labor groups including 32BJ SEIU, the Hotel Trades Union, and the Building and Construction Trades Council of Greater New York, excoriated the Moinian Group for a laundry list of alleged failings at its buildings, as well as a poor record of worker relations. … [more]

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  • New York’s building contractors have voted to end a more than century-old pact to use only union labor on construction sites as a June 30 deadline nears for building trades contract negotiations in the city. According to Crain’s, Louis Coletti, president of the Building Trades Employers’ Association, said yesterday that his board of governors voted to end the New York Plan for the Resolution of Jurisdictional Disputes, which is set to expire Dec. 31 but has always been extended in the past. The long-time agreement, with the Building and Construction Trades Council, requires contractors to hire only union workers and helps to resolve disputes between unions so that work is never interrupted during projects. … [more]

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  • The New York City Council voted against the proposed Kingsbridge Armory development today, a $310 million project that would have refurbished the unoccupied building for use as a retail hub in the Bronx. Developer Related Companies had been tapped for the plan, but the council voted down the proposal 45-1. Although the failure to reach a living wage agreement with the developer had been a key issue in the weeks of debate leading up to the City Council vote, City Council Speaker Christine Quinn cited traffic issues as integral to the decision to vote against the project. “The Bronx community surrounding the armory is an area with significant traffic problems, and the impact this project will have cannot be underestimated,” Quinn said. “Even after numerous discussions, there continues to be an immitigable traffic impact. We cannot approve a project that will bring more people to an already overcrowded area and cause further strain to this community.” This is the first time that the council has voted against a major Bloomberg administration proposal, according  to NY1. Mayor Michael Bloomberg said he was disappointed with the outcome. “Today’s vote against the Kingsbridge Armory redevelopment project means the loss of a rare opportunity to bring thousands of jobs and more than $300 million in private investment to the Bronx,” Bloomberg said. “From early in the planning process, we made clear we would never add mandatory wage requirements which would make the project unviable, and that was a line we were never going to cross.” TRD[more]

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  • Organized labor’s effort to secure a living wage for all workers at the soon-to-be redeveloped Kingsbridge Armory fell apart today, when the Building & Construction Trades Council of Greater New York pledged its support of the redevelopment. The group, an umbrella organization that represents over 100,000 construction workers, said it supports the project in part because of the developer’s past commitment to using unionized labor, Crain’s reported. “[Related Companies] consistently uses contractors on its projects throughout New York City that pay prevailing wages — good wages that include health insurance and pension benefits — to members of unions affiliated with the Building and Construction Trades Council of Greater New York,” Gary LaBarbera, president of the council, said. Still, Stuart Appelbaum, president of the Retail Wholesale and Department Store Union, contends that Related cannot be counted upon to provide wages that benefit the community. “We call on the City Council to do what the Bronx borough president has done — reject Related’s development plans unless they sign a binding community benefits agreement that meets the needs of the community,” Appelbaum said. … [more]

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