Local 79 and “Community Voices Heard” Form New Partnership


As recently as eight years ago, 98% of New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) construction was built by non-union labor. After partnering with NYCHA residents and community groups, Local 79 successfully organized the vast majority of NYCHA construction projects. An understanding was reached that Local 79 would bring a number of qualified NYCHA residents into the union, as per the regulations set out in Section 3 of the Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Act of 1968, Section 3 helps foster local economic development and individual self-sufficiency by requiring that, to the greatest extent possible, projects receiving HUD financial assistance provide job [...]