News From: Building Trades

by Brian Young | on Jul 24, 2020

Honolulu Mandates Union Work

For the first time in history, the union building trades will have first priority for jobs in Honolulu after the mayor reached an agreement with the local Building Trades Council.

by Kris LaGrange | on Apr 13, 2020

Expanding New York's Hospital Capacity

With New York being the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak, elected officials have been warning that hospitals could be overwhelmed with a surge of patients. To lessen the demand for the area'...

by Guest Post | on Dec 04, 2019

Union Construction Jobs Safer than Non-Union

This post was written by the IBEW Media Center. It may not be news to those in the business, but new numbers back up what IBEW and other union construction members already know: there’s...

by Brian Young | on Oct 15, 2019

Non-Union Contractor Caused Hard Rock Hotel Collapse

People on the streets of New Orleans fled for their lives on Saturday as part of the Hard Rock hotel collapsed onto the street. As pedestrians fled, nearly 100 workers were trapped or injured in the...

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,...