NYC construction exec weighs in on unions

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Nicholas Lettire, co-founder of Lettire Construction, sat down with the New York Times to discuss affordable housing developments, building with the federal Tax Credit Assistance Program and facing criticism from laborer’s unions. Lettire, who said he decided against using the laborer’s union for his two new East Harlem projects, the Ciena and Hobbs Court, has faced criticism and accusations of unfair labor practices. But Lettire contends that his choice not to use the laborer’s union wasn’t out of convenience, but out of a desire to use a local workforce. “If you hire that union you can’t hire local people,” Lettire said. “If I’m going to pay a laborer $49 an hour, I want it to be someone from East Harlem, not from New Jersey or Connecticut.” [NYT]

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