News From: Build Union

by Kris LaGrange | on Oct 06, 2016

Proving apprenticeship graduation rates

When elected officials start talking about student debt and college, they often mention apprenticeship programs.  These programs are a sort of a working college for the men and women who are...

by Kris LaGrange | on Sep 20, 2016

Adding to the Chicagoland Skyline

This past weekend I had the chance to check-in with IBEW Hour Power at the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers 39th Convention in St. Louis.  Not to oversimplify their mission, but...

by Press and Media | on Aug 09, 2016

Making friends with enviros

You know how they say politics makes strange bedfellows? Well, sometimes the environment does, too.Leaders from the United Steelworkers, the Sierra Club, the Utility Workers Union and the National...

by Press and Media | on Aug 02, 2016

Trades getting good press

Thousands of the best-paid blue-collar jobs in the Big Apple are opening up, starting with a huge union recruitment drive for carpenters and laborers.And the blue-collar compensation, with benefits...

by Press and Media | on Aug 01, 2016

Blue collar millennials

Washington Mayancela decided he wanted his life to be degree free.He joins legions of well-schooled millennials bucking the trend of college, taking often dirty but well-paid blue-collar jobs.Coming...

Keepers of the Rat
by Kris LaGrange | on Jun 03, 2016

Defining the Rat

Take a look at this artistic 6-minute vid constructed by some videographers at the NY Daily News. They take a behind the scenes look at a construction trades protest using the infamous inflatable rat...

by Kris LaGrange | on May 05, 2016

Party politics shame 9/11 memorial

When news in the tri-state region reported that a spokesperson from the Nassau County Department of Public Works called a memorial to 9/11 victims shoddy, it pissed off a boat load of people,...

by Brian Young | on May 04, 2016

Build a soccer stadium

Labor, community activists and the New York Cosmos professional soccer team rallied in Elmont, New York on Wednesday, May 3rd to support a proposed multi use soccer stadium and retail space. They...

by Press and Media | on Apr 26, 2016

"What they are doing is a travesty"

This article originally appeared in Newsday.A dispute between a union and the new owner of a Smithtown senior housing development has raised questions about the effectiveness of “hire local...

by Kris LaGrange | on Mar 21, 2016

‘Prevailing wage’ laws need rigorous enforcement

It was a successful and well-attended event and, other than the people who attended, no one knew it happened.On March 8, 2016, hundreds attended a Public Works Symposium at the Huntington Hilton...

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