News From: construction

by Gary Bonker | on Apr 10, 2017

Being Prepared isn't Doing the Minimum

While you are planning your job at hand and checking the Accident Prevention Manual (APM) or OSHA regulations, please remember that these guidelines are the minimum you are required to do. You can...

by Press and Media | on Mar 20, 2017

Building Union on the Rise

In recent years, construction in New York City has skyrocketed.  As more projects started breaking ground, more of these jobs started to go to non-union companies.  Now a report from Crain...

by Kris LaGrange | on Oct 17, 2016

Safety, Overtime and Tension

With the boom in construction in New York City, there has been an increase in deaths and injuries. The fight between union and non-union construction has escalated and one of the biggest...

by Kate Hogan | on Aug 10, 2016

Dying for the Olympics

Preparing for the Olympics is a tedious task that can take years to complete. Countries need several Olympic gaming sites for each specific event, as well as housing in Olympic Village for all of the...

by Guest Post | on Jun 22, 2016

How low wages hurt the boss

Out-of-state contractors benefited after Indiana weakened its prevailing wage law, according to a new Economic Commentary from the Midwest Economic Policy Institute.Despite an emerging academic...

by United States D... | on May 06, 2016

Falls are still No. 1 killer

On Tuesday, I had the honor of standing with over 1,900 men and women and their employers at the MGM casino construction project near National Harbor to raise awareness of fall hazards at worksites....

by Kris LaGrange | on Mar 28, 2016

Millennial Workforce: Crybaby’s or lacking mentors?

Beards, flannels, craft beer, multi-cultural tolerance and a lack of skills; does this define the workforce born between 1985 and 2000.   Today an Opinion Editorial littered with “I...

by Kris LaGrange | on Mar 18, 2016

Is there a carpenter in the house?

A new study from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) indicated that there are more construction job openings then anytime since the Great Recession hit in 2008. According to the BLS there were 61,...

by Kris LaGrange | on Feb 23, 2016

Trump’s lobbyist attacks Union Building Trades

A little over a week ago, UCOMM Blog covered NYS AFL-CIO President Mario Cilento’s response to an anti-union letter from lobbyist Brad Gertsman blaming the NYC Building Trades Council for the...

by Brian Young | on Nov 09, 2015

Getting a handle on exploitation

In an effort to combat worker exploitation, New York State has set up a task force to streamline the work of 10 agencies investigating different areas of worker exploitation.  The task force...

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