Construction, building workers’ unions slam Seward Park developer choices

New York /
Sep.September 18, 2013 03:27 PM

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.

Hector Figueroa and Gary La Barbera, representing 32BJ SEIU and the Building and Construction Trades Council of Greater New York, respectively, aired concerns about the labor practices of L&M Development Partners, BFC Partners, Taconic Investment Partners And Grand Street Settlement.

“Although the overall plan for the redevelopment of Seward Park is promising, we have serious concerns about the labor records of the developers selected to implement,” they said in a joint statement. “It is crucial that the jobs created by this project pay decent wages and offer job training that provides a career path and keeps workers safe.”

The Seward Park plan calls for 1,000 housing units, half of which are to be affordable, a large swath of Commercial Space And A New Essex Street Market.

Figueroa and La Barbera went on to urge both Mayor Michael Bloomberg and the next mayoral administration to “stand up for good jobs, high-road development and a level playing field for responsible employers.” — Julie Strickland


Related Articles

arrow_forward_ios
Howard Rothschild, president, Realty Advisory Board on Labor Relations; Kyle Bragg, president, 32BJ-SEIU (32BJ-SEIU, Realty Advisory Board on Labor Relations, iStock)
Deal averts strike by doormen, resi building workers
Deal averts strike by doormen, resi building workers
From left: Senate Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins, Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie, and Gov. Kathy Hochul (Getty, Illustration by Kevin Rebong for The Real Deal)
Real estate winners and losers: state budget edition
Real estate winners and losers: state budget edition
Gov. Kathy Hochul (iStock, Getty)
Lawmakers propose rent relief but omit 421a
Lawmakers propose rent relief but omit 421a
Building and Construction Trades Council's Gary LaBarbera, Gov. Kathy Hochul,  32BJ SEIU's Kyle Bragg (Getty, 32BJ)
Hochul signs construction wage theft and prevailing wage bills
Hochul signs construction wage theft and prevailing wage bills
Governor Kathy Hochul (Getty, iStock)
Kathy Hochul faces tough decisions on real estate
Kathy Hochul faces tough decisions on real estate
The Closing: Gary LaBarbera
The Closing: Gary LaBarbera
The Closing: Gary LaBarbera
Gary LaBarbera, Sen. Salazar and Sen. Gianaris (Getty)
Real estate winners and losers of the legislative session
Real estate winners and losers of the legislative session
Jessica Ramos, Gary LaBarbera and Latoya Joyner. (Getty, Facebook via Joyner)
Construction wage theft bill passes state Senate
Construction wage theft bill passes state Senate
arrow_forward_ios

The Deal's newsletters give you the latest scoops, fresh headlines, marketing data, and things to know within the industry.

Loading...