On December 10, Local 79 members joined thousands of members of other Building Trades unions to express their outrage and grief over the 16 deaths that have occurred on New York City construction sites this year. The vast majority of these deaths have occurred on non-union sites, which have lax safety and training standards that imperil the lives of construction workers. Leaders of unions throughout New York City were joined by City politicians to call attention to the plight of construction workers who lack union protection and, as a result, are often exploited by unscrupulous employers who seek to make a quick profit and take safety shortcuts to do so. In response to the numerous safety problems that have accompanied the City’s building boom, the City Council has introduced legislation that seeks to provide stiff penalties to contractors who break the rules.