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Building Trades-Backed Report Claims Greater Diversity in Union Construction

This story originally appeared in the Commercial Observer BY REY MASHAYEKHI  MARCH 8, 2017 An Economic Policy Institute report, commissioned by New York’s leading construction trade union and released last week, has highlighted employment diversity practices within the union sector of New York City’s construction industry and compared them favorably to the nonunion sector. The report, entitled “Diversity in the New York City union and nonunion construction sectors,” points to several statistically-backed findings exemplifying how the union sector outpaces the nonunion industry in terms of workforce diversity, while also spotlighting instances in which the unions have themselves made historical strides in becoming more inclusionary. According to EPI, the union sector “employs a greater share of black workers and pays them more than the nonunion construction sector,” while also improving on its historical performance by drawing in more minority workers throu ... Read the rest of entry »

Gov. Cuomo’s Choice: Protect Immigrants or Bow to Unions?

BY BRIAN SAMPSON Gov. Cuomo has sworn to protect New York’s immigrants, no matter what the cost. So why are some of his allies turning them over for deportation? New reporting revealed that construction unions closely tied to the governor are leading an effort to report and deport undocumented immigrants in upstate New York. In fact, the Northeast Regional Council of Carpenters is openly boasting about its tactics in Buffalo, which have already led to several raids and arrests by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). “The carpenters union devotes a lot of money and resources to this,” said Bill Bing, an official for the union, who was apparently very proud of his anti-immigrant work.  That might have come as a surprise to Gov. Cuomo, who has positioned himself as both an opponent of deportations and a champion of construction unions. It is now clear that the he can’t have it both ways. But it will be easier and smarter for Gov. Cuomo to change course on one of ... Read the rest of entry »

ABC to Gov. Cuomo: Talk with the Experts, Not Just Donors

Ft. Lauderdale, FL, March 3, 2016 – Leadership of the Associated Builders & Contractors, Empire State Chapter (ABC), called on Gov. Andrew Cuomo to visit with merit shop (open shop) leaders while he is in Florida attending the Building & Constructions Trade Council of Greater New York winter conference.  "It's unfortunate that once again Governor Cuomo chose to only speak with the New York Building Trades and not the entire construction community,” said Brian Sampson, President of the ABC Empire Chapter. Sampson was in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, attending the ABC National Workforce Week. The conference is an annual celebration of the best in merit shop construction, recognizing the contributions of contractors and craft professionals to the construction industry.  “Just down the street from him in Fort Lauderdale are some of the greatest minds and workers of the merit shop community are celebrating their commitment to their craft and workforce development. But they won ... Read the rest of entry »

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