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NYC wants to expand ability to use design-build June 21, 2017
New York City wants the state Legislature to give it the power to award design-build contracts for eight particular infrastructure projects that will use unionized labor. Several major construction and finance firms sent a letter to lawmakers urging them to adopt the legislation. Reuters (6/20)
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Meet the New York City District Council of Carpenters and its local unions June 21, 2017
It takes a great workforce to build the greatest city in the world. Union carpenters are that great workforce. Our members reflect the diversity of local communities and are equipped with the skills to perform work on every project according to the highest standards. In addition to building great projects, our members have equal access to the good wages, benefits and upward mobility that define middle-class opportunity.
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Project Focus
Hotels, manufacturing among 10 biggest planned NYC projects June 21, 2017
Condominium projects were notably absent, but hotels made up three out of the 10 largest real estate projects filed last month with New York City's Department of Buildings. The biggest, however, is a planned manufacturing building for a 200-acre industrial park on Staten Island. The Real Deal online (New York City) (6/15)
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$2.5B BQX streetcar line planned in NYC June 21, 2017
New York City's largest transit workers union, TWU Local 100, recently endorsed a proposed $2.5 billion streetcar system for Queens and Brooklyn that would run parallel to the waterfronts. However, area residents oppose the project. Next City (6/15)
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Commentary: Unions not about to lose their grip in NYC June 21, 2017
Construction unions have and will maintain a firm grip on the industry in New York City, writes Gary LaBarbera, president of the Building & Construction Trades Council of Greater New York. In a tough environment, unions have made efforts to rein in wages and costs while striving to "ensure that a pathway to the middle class is possible and staples of the American Dream, such as good paying jobs with benefits, are achievable." The Commercial Observer (New York City) (6/20)
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Innovation & Technology
N.J. construction unions, drug industry aim to build state economy June 21, 2017
New Jersey's construction trades unions and prominent biopharmaceutical industry have been teaming to expand the state economy with a focus on innovation and high-quality jobs, writes Greg Lalevee, business manager at the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 825. The Pharmaceutical Industry Labor-Management Association is a natural pairing as pharmaceutical "[r]esearch and manufacturing facilities must be built to rigorous specifications" pursuant to the partnership's goal of "pushing the limits of what is possible architecturally and medically." NorthJersey (Woodland Park, N.J.) (free registration) (6/15)
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Ideas point to ways forward for NYC construction recycling June 21, 2017
With one building going down for nearly every one that goes up in New York City's construction boom, recycling of construction and demolition debris is a major activity. New ideas are valued, and an event co-sponsored by AIA New York produced several, including a focus on separating sensitive materials on-site and searching for more end-markets. Construction Dive (6/16)
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Policy Watch
Ramification unclear of Trump apprenticeship order on construction industry June 21, 2017
President Donald Trump signed an executive order to expand the use of apprenticeships and remove some restrictions on the creation of apprenticeship programs, but the exact ramification on the construction industry is unclear. Different trade groups have varying ideas on whether apprenticeships in the trades would be exempt from the order. Engineering News-Record (6/20)
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Policy Watch
Kaplan gets Trump nod for NLRB June 21, 2017
President Donald Trump has nominated Marvin Kaplan, counsel at the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission, to serve on the National Labor Relations Board. Republicans and Democrats would hold two NLRB seats each if the Senate confirms Kaplan, while the agency's fifth seat remains open. The Washington Post (tiered subscription model) (6/20)
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"Building New York's Best ... Starts With Training" June 21, 2017
Take a look at this short video introducing you to the New York City District Council of Carpenters Training Center, a state-of-the-art facility in Manhattan where union carpenters and contractors make the investments in training that allow thousands of our members to bring dependable quality and safety to projects throughout the New York City metropolitan area.
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Who's building NYC's affordable housing? June 14, 2017
New York City developer Ron Moelis of L&M Development Partners appears to be afforded an upper hand in Mayor Bill de Blasio's drive to relieve the city's housing shortage, some advocates say, and that's due in part to Moelis' 19-year friendship with Deputy Mayor Alicia Glen. Critics contend that the mayor's initiative "prioritizes middle-income earners and benefits for-profit developers who build units for a broad range of incomes -- unconstrained by missions to serve only the poor." Crain's New York Business (tiered subscription model) (6/12)
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Trump opens White House doors to unions June 14, 2017
President Donald Trump promised a White House receptive to unions in an address attended by leaders of the North American Building Trades Union, United Ironworkers and Laborers International Union of North America. Trump said, "As long as I am president, America's labor leaders will always find an open door at the White House." The Detroit News (6/7)
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EVENTS
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FRIENDS OF SAINT DOMINIC'S 25th ANNUAL GOLF TOURNEY
Join us for a great day of golf for an excellent cause! 25th Anniversary Friends of Saint Dominic's 2017 Golf Tourney Monday, August 7, 2017 Edgewood Country Club, River...
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NYC & VICINITY DISTRICT COUNCIL OF CARPENTERS CHARITY GOLF TOURNAMENT - SPONSORING JARED ALLEN'S HOMES FOR WOUNDED WARRIORS
Benefiting the Jared Allen's Homes For Wounded Warriers Please R.S.V.P by July 7, 2017 Registration: 7:00 a.m. Breakfast Buffet: 7:30 a.m. Shotgun Start: 9:00 a.m. Lunch (On the Turn) Hors...
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RESEARCH
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Research
The Economic, Fiscal, and Social Effects of Ohio’s Prevailing Wage Law
76% of peer-reviewed economic research shows that prevailing wages do not increase public construction costs. Here is more research from Ohio that reaches the same conclusion.
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Union Construction workers diversify
NYC union construction has become significantly more racially diverse in the past two decades.
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MEDIA
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Building New York's Best - Millwright and Machinery Erectors
Call on millwrights from Local Union 740 and their contractors to deliver precision and productivity to every job. Put the best millwrights in New York to work on your next project.
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Building New York's Best - Transportation Infrastructure for the 21st Century
Meet some of the union carpenters and contractors who are rebuilding the Kosciuszko Bridge and LaGuardia Airport. They have the training, skill, and experience to work safely and deliver the highest quality on projects bringing our transportation infrastructure into the 21st century.
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Building New York's Best - Starts with Training
The Carpenters Training Center is jointly sponsored by union carpenters and contractors to provide members with the training needed to bring the highest level of skill and safety to projects throughout the New York City metropolitan area.
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