A former construction laborer for Trade Off Construction writes about how to end exploitation in the NYC Construction Industry.
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Our union is built on one fundamental truth, when we stand in solidarity with each other we build power for everyone. The history of our movement has been plagued with places where solidarity failed because working class people allowed themselves to be divided by race, by gender, or by immigration status. The strength of Local 79 is dependent on each of us choosing solidarity in our words and in our actions. This week a Local 79 member hung a monkey from a string at the Javits Center. My Black brothers and sisters went to a job and were confronted with a [...]
Landmark Settlement Reveals How Non-Union Body Shop Dehumanized Black Women Construction Workers in New York’s Real-Estate IndustryRobert Tiburzi2020-09-10T10:12:46-04:00
New York State Attorney General Tish James announced a landmark $1.5 million sexual harassment settlement revealing how nonunion "body shop" Trade Off engaged in sexual harassment and retaliation against Black women construction workers on major real estate projects.
The governor has put in place guidelines for all New York construction businesses including both mandatory requirements and recommended best practices. These guidelines apply to essential construction sites as well as all permitted construction sites when Phase 1 re-opening starts in New York City. This guidance is not intended to replace any existing applicable local, state, and federal laws, regulations, and standards. Read the 'Reopening New York' guidelines for construction here: Construction Guidelines for Employers and Employees For any questions, feel free to call your area business agent.
Important Message Regarding COVID-19 Hardship Distribution Checks from Mason Tenders Trust Funds: The checks for approved COVID-19 Hardship Distribution applications that were received by the Fund by April 15th were mailed on Monday, May 11th. Due to US postal service delays as a result of the pandemic, please allow 10 business days before contacting the Fund Office about your check. Thank you for your patience.
As the city and the world prepare for returning to work, one thing we can be certain of is there will be a new normal. COVID-19 training has already begun to be required by some of our signatory contractors. We strongly urge every single member of Local 79 to take the COVID-19 – INFECTIOUS DISEASE TRAINING and the ICRA AWARENESS TRAINING for Infection Control Risk Assessment (ICRA), which are now being offered online through our training fund. When work fully reopens, COVID-19 training may be required and you may not be able to work without it. Remember this training is for [...]
Op-Ed in the New York Daily News byLocal 79 Business Manager Mike Prohaska Workers in hospitals, grocery stores, transit, warehouses, construction sites and elsewhere have been rightly deemed essential. But a tale of two cities is playing out before our eyes: The privileged shelter in place, while others put their bodies on the line to provide healthcare, food, housing and infrastructure. Unfair working conditions have long existed, but coronavirus has brought into clearer focus the struggles of nonunion workers who are vulnerable to risk, injury, and death. As a society, we have to ask, what do we owe these [...]
Through the Zoom platform, members can enter a virtual classroom with a live video view of their Instructor and other class participants, interact with them, ask questions, and more. In effect, you are in the classroom. And, you can use your home computer, iPad or other tablet, or even your cellphone! All of these devices work with Zoom. All class registration will be done via email NO TELEPHONE REGISTRATIONS Do not call the school to enroll To register: If you are already registered on eLocal, skip directly to Step 5. If not: On the Local 79 website at: https://www.local79.org/ click on [...]
Brothers & Sisters, As you know, I have been working with the Funds to develop options for you to access your annuity. The Funds work hard to protect and grow your investments. But I understand that these are difficult times and some of you may need to access these assets, and now you have the ability to do that. The following information outlines the details and deadlines. While I consider this a big and helpful step, I’m still working on other questions and concerns you’ve raised. Please remember that I hear you, and I’m here for you. Keep the faith in [...]
We know there is a lot going on, but it is even more important now to fill out the Census to make sure our state gets the funding it needs. Every household can take the census by phone, mail, or computer. Click liuna-ny.org/mycensus to fill out.