Historic Agreement Reached with Brookfield Properties

Historic Agreement Reached with Brookfield Properties

The Building and Construction Trades Council of Greater New York recently signed a portfolio labor agreement with Brookfield Properties, an agreement that covers virtually all of Brookfield’s existing and new construction.  This agreement ensures that Brookfield, historically a good union developer, will continue to be so over the course of the 20 year agreement.

Initially, the agreement was intended to be a project labor agreement to cover the Manhattan West project, a massive project that includes five million square feet of new commercial space and over …

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Rebuilding Ground Zero, Rebuilding a Life: Phil English

Rebuilding Ground Zero, Rebuilding a Life: Phil English

Phil English, a member of Local 79, was recently profiled in an article in the Los Angeles Times, a major national newspaper. (LA Times article on Phil English) A Laborer for 15 years, he worked at Ground Zero for six months after the tragic 9/11 attack and then returned in 2007 to help build One World Trade Center, where he continues to work today.  He suffered his own personal tragedy when his wife died in 2007, leaving him to raise three children.  While initially reluctant …

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Danny Glover: A Friend of Labor

Danny Glover: A Friend of Labor

On Thursday, January 30, renowned actor Danny Glover was scheduled to give a speech on “Workers’ Rights at Home and Abroad” at Pace University.  What Mr. Glover didn’t know when he agreed to accept the invitation to give the talk was that Local 79 and other building trades had  been carrying on a lengthy campaign against Pace University’s use of a non-union contractor to build its’ new 35-story dormitory building.  When members of the Organizing Department caught wind of the talk, they worked with LECET and …

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Immigration Reform Now!: Local 79 Joins Rally in Washington DC

Immigration Reform Now!: Local 79 Joins Rally in Washington DC

On Tuesday, October 8, four buses filled with Local 79 members and their families arrived in Washington DC to participate in the Camino Americano rally. The rally was organized in support of broad immigration legislation, a top priority of LiUNA  and of Local 79. Included in the legislation, which has already passed the Senate, is a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants. Several thousand  people from around the country, including a large contingent of Laborers, gathered in the middle of the National Mall to listen …

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May Day 2014 Rally

May Day 2014 Rally

Rally at City Hall at 5:00 pm on Thursday, May 1 in support of raising the minimum wage, defending the scaffolding law and job safety, passing the NYS Dream Act, taxing the 1%, establishing universal pre-K for all NY families. May Day Flyer

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