February 28, 2007

Vegas struggles to meet construction demand

Workers can demand -- and get -- signing bonuses, housing assistance and relocation expenses

Southern Nevada's building boom has stretched its construction workforce paper-thin, causing contractors to compete for top talent, including project managers, engineers and superintendents. Demand for skilled help has also resulted in everything from out-of-state recruiting and signing bonuses, to flex hours and 401(k)s.

UBCYES.COM: Celebrations 2/2007

Honors to Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Dudas of Lancaster on the celebration of their 50th wedding anniversary.

The occasion was commemorated with a family vacation at Peak 'N Peak and a gathering of family and friends in their daughter's home. Maryann (nee Douglas) is retired from M&T Bank. Mr. Dudas is a retired Union Carpenter. The couple has seven children and 16 grandchildren.

Happy upcoming first wedding anniversary to June and Ray Butler.

June, 76, is a retired banker from Butler, NJ. Ray, 73, is a retired member of the UBC's New York City District Council. June has three children, four grandchildren; Raymond has two living children, one deceased son, nine grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Their previous spouses are deceased. Both are active in their church and enjoy dancing, canasta, traveling and getting to know one another. They are making their home in McMichaels, Pennsylvania.

May there be many wonderful years ahead for Kimberly D'Amore and Robert O'Driscoll
who recently announced their engagement. The future bride is a registered nurse at Richmond University Medical Center, West Brighton. The bridegroom-to-be has a bachelor of science degree in telecommunications from St. John's University, Grymes Hill. He is a Union Carpenter with Local 608, Manhattan. An April 2008 wedding is being planned.

Deal in Albany Overhauls Pay for Worker Aid

After years of stalemates and false starts, New York leaders yesterday announced a far-reaching deal to overhaul the state’s much-criticized workers’ compensation system by significantly increasing the weekly benefits that go to injured workers while cracking down on employers who cheat the system.

Lawmakers have long described the workers’ compensation system in New York as an unfathomable mess, with insurance premiums that are among the nation’s highest even while worker benefits are very low.

Edwards: unions need to start organizing internationally

Presidential candidate John Edwards has been in town and today met with the heads of the service employees union and an anti-poverty group.

February 21, 2007

Construction workers endure high rates of death, injury

Construction workers endure high rates of death, injury

ST. PAUL - More workers are killed on construction jobs than in any other occupation, according to the latest workplace fatality figures from the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics.

February 20, 2007

Forum: Union Corruption @ Gotham Center

On the Take: Labor Union Corruption in New York City, Past, Present, Future

Recent scandals are the jumping off point for this forum, in which the new head of the city's Central Labor Council and distinguished scholars ask: How pervasive has labor corruption been in New York City? What has caused it? How does it compare to (or connect with) corruption in business and politics? What has been its impact on Gotham's economy and polity? What to do about it? An important and provocative evening with Ed Ott, Executive Director, New York City Central Labor Council, AFL/CIO; Mike Merrill, Dean, Harry Van Arsdale Jr. Center for Labor Studies, Empire State College; Robert Fitch, author, Solidarity for Sale; and James Jacobs, Professor of Law and Director, Center for Research in Crime and Justice, New York University School of Law, author, Mobsters, Unions, and Feds: The Mafia and the American Labor Movement.

February 26th, 6:30 - Ninth Floor

The History Forum is free. Seating is limited. Admittance will be on a first come, first served basis, no reservations.
Unless otherwise noted, all forums take place at the
CUNY GRADUATE CENTER - 365 5th Avenue at 34th Street.

Construction Begins On Atlantic Yards Project

Construction Begins On Atlantic Yards Project

The Atlantic Yards redevelopment project has been the subject of a lot of debate, but it is now finally the subject of some construction.

February 17, 2007

Carpenters Support Full Funding of the Northwest Forest Plan

Carpenters Support Full Funding of the Northwest Forest Plan

The United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America (UBC) today applauded the decision to fully fund the Northwest Forest Plan as part of the President's Fiscal Year 2008 Budget request for the U.S. Forest Service.

Carpenter Union backs Oregon immigrant against deportation

Union backs Oregon immigrant against deportation

The image of construction workers opposing illegal immigration as job threats is taking a different spin in the case of Jose Alfredo Cobin, who could be deported after an immigration hearing on Tuesday.

February 10, 2007

Record Low Temps Sock NYC, Outside Workers

Record Low Temps Sock NYC, Outside Workers

With wind gusts in the 20-30 mph range, it felt 20-30 degrees colder, making life miserable for residents who had to work outside.

Implementation of Scaffold Task Force Recommendations

Mayor Introduces Plan Aimed At Improving High Rise Workers Safety

As building projects in the city increase, so have worker deaths. Mayor Michael Bloomberg introduced a new $6 million plan Wednesday to increase training, break down language barriers between workers and contractors and regulate the suspended scaffolding industry.

City Aims to Protect Scaffold Workers by Enhancing Enforcement, Worker Outreach and Training

February 5, 2007

A look at the "coalition" of 2007.

A look at the "coalition" of 2007.

As union members, we must be aware of this menacing factor in our industry. Interesting...nowhere in this NY Times article is any mention of the safety hazards presented by the non-union labor.

According to press release by Building Trade Employers’ Association’s (BTEA) annual safety conference held at the Hilton New York in Nov. 2006...

"86% of All NYC Fatalities Occur on Sites Employing Non-Union Labor"

Recent Construction Related Accidents

Construction Worker Hospitalized After Fall

A construction worker was hospitalized Friday after falling 20 feet from a work site at 16th Street between 10th and 11th Avenue in Chelsea.

Welder Critical After 30 Foot Fall in Brooklyn

Construction Worker Rescued From 20-Foot Hole @ 65th street and Second Avenue

Construction Worker Dies After Fall In The Bronx

N.J. man gets U.B.C post

Frank Spencer, 56, of Haddonfield, will be in charge of 120,000 union carpenters in New England and the Mid-Atlantic region, from Maine to West Virginia.

The New Jersey union leader managed to negotiate a five-year deal with the famously union-averse Wal-Mart Stores Inc. will become a vice president of the national United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America.