News From: Building Trades

by Kris LaGrange | on Apr 10, 2019

Sanders Skips Building Trades Legislative Conference

This week, leaders from the Building and Construction Trades Council met in Washington D.C. for their annual legislative conference. A mainstay at the event are elected officials and candidates for...

by Kris LaGrange | on Mar 04, 2019

What Union is Qualified to Organize Amazon?

Oh, Amazon, what to do with you. First, you innovated e-commerce to become the world’s largest Internet retailer, and at the same time, you did your best to thwart organized labor at every...

by Kris LaGrange | on Nov 27, 2018

Ousted GOP Congressman: Repeal Scaffold Law

Thanks to strong unions in New York, the construction industry faces some of the toughest safety and personal liability rules in the country. One such law that is unique to New York is called the...

by Guest Post | on Sep 27, 2018

Construction Unions Enhance Racial Equity

Richard Berman’s recent claim that construction unions have hurt the black community ("#CountMeOut: Construction unions leave minority workers behind," op-ed) is false and easily...

by Guest Post | on Sep 24, 2018

Unions are not Special Interests

Amanda Bertram, vice president of public affairs for the Empire State chapter of the Associated Builders & Contractors, plays fast and loose with the facts in her letter "Take a closer look...

by Kris LaGrange | on Aug 09, 2018

Did the Carpenters Sell Out #CountMeIn?

New York City Building and Construction trade members have made a stand against greedy developers who seek to undercut their jobs. At Hudson Yards, a massive development just west of Penn Station,...

by Kris LaGrange | on May 16, 2018

Count Me In: The Video

There is not really much to say other then that the #countmein movement has caught on. Two rallies a week with tens of thousands of followers and social networks tend to get the attention of the...

by Kris LaGrange | on May 09, 2018

Unions Rally Against Open Shop at Hudson Yards

On Tuesday, thousands of New York City Building and Construction Trades rallied at Union Square in New York City. The rally was being held to protest the use of non-union labor on the huge Hudson...

by Kris LaGrange | on Mar 21, 2018

Non-Union Contractor Caused FIU Bridge Collapse

The bridge collapse at Florida International University (FIU), last week killed six innocent people. UCOMM decided to do some quick investigation into who built this and who was responsible for the...

by Press and Media | on Mar 15, 2018

Closing the Prevailing Wage Loophole

In New York, companies are using a loophole in New York State law to avoid paying a prevailing wage on certain publicly funded projects. Read more from the AP below.