News From: Build Union

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...

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 Brian Young | on Mar 01, 2016

Tesla's friction in the heat

In the Nevada dessert, Tesla is building a massive factory to build their state of the art batteries.  The factory, called the Gigafactory, is being built with $1.5 Billion in tax credits from...

by Press and Media | on Feb 29, 2016

Shortage of skilled labor

The construction industry is facing a severe labor shortage. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median age of construction industry workers is 42.8, with young workers under 34...

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 Feb 19, 2016

New weapon in arsenal of activism

The General Building and Construction Laborers Local 66 based on Long Island, NY has just added a new weapon in their arsonal of activism.  A recent purchase of an LED multi-media truck is...

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