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Category Archive: Building and Construction Trades Council

  • Construction Unions Build Barriers to Affordable Housing

    Posted on Aug 29, 2016 by LaborPains.org Team

    Governor Jerry Brown of California recently pledged to spend $400 million on low-income housing subsidies, as part of a plan to scrap local restrictions that make it difficult to build more housing in California—a primary driver of the state’s skyrocketing housing costs. (California is seeing a mass exodus of residents to neighboring states for that same reason.) Under Gov. Brown’s proposal, housing […]

  • Desperate Unions Resort to…Inflatable Rats?

    Posted on Jun 08, 2016 by LaborPains.org Team

    In America’s largest cities, developers are turning to nonunion labor for residential, commercial, and institutional construction projects. Sounds harmless, right? Big Labor doesn’t think so. “It’s putting profits before people,” claims Gary LaBarbera, president of the Building and Construction Trades Council of Greater New York. (Meanwhile, New York construction unions are notorious for paying black employees less than their […]

  • Union Members Speak Out Against NYC Construction Union

    Posted on Apr 08, 2016 by LaborPains.org Team

    Today, the Center for Union Facts’ released a new video and a new radio ad featuring members of International Union of Operating Engineers Local 14-14B—a member union of the Building and Construction Trades Council of Greater New York (BCTC)—who are suing the union for racial discrimination. Averil Morrison, Janenne Gonzalez, and Delisa Jones, three of […]

  • Construction Union Faces Federal Trial for Alleged Race Discrimination

    Posted on Dec 14, 2015 by LaborPains.org Team

    We’ve noted the fact that New York City construction unions’ black members make 20 percent less than white members. We’ve pondered why that might be, and a federal lawsuit that received a pre-trial hearing last week gives us considerable insight into how the locals represented by the Building and Construction Trades Council of Greater New York may […]

  • Construction Unions’ Pay Gap Dodge Only Raises More Questions

    Posted on Dec 04, 2015 by LaborPains.org Team

    Since we began our campaign to draw attention to the disparities in pay between African Americans and white workers in New York City’s unionized construction industry, the Building and Construction Trades Council of Greater New York has been flailing in response. They’re relying on tired, old ad hominems against us, but we’re more interested in […]

  • Who’s Taking a Bite Out of Black Construction Workers’ Pay?

    Posted on Nov 20, 2015 by LaborPains.org Team

    We have investigated the distressing gaps in pay between black and white workers in New York City’s unionized construction trades. This week, we took our efforts to educate the public on the income inequality in the Building and Construction Trades Council of Greater New York (BCTC) to the streets, into the press, and onto the […]

  • NYC’s Diversity-Challenged Construction Unions Try to Change the Subject

    Posted on Oct 05, 2015 by LaborPains.org Team

    Last week, we pointed out that the Building and Construction Trades Council of Greater New York (BCTC)—the regional coalition of New York City’s construction industry labor unions—was overstating its ethnic diversity. Led by a “male, pale, and stale” executive board (to borrow former SEIU International President Andy Stern’s immortal phrase), the unions so eager to […]

  • NYC Construction Union Leadership: Male, Pale, and Stale

    Posted on Sep 28, 2015 by LaborPains.org Team

    We recently noted that the Building and Construction Trades Council of Greater New York (BCTC) is promoting itself as an advocate for jobs and opportunity for minority workers in New York City. Here’s one of their ads, emphasizing how many apprenticeships are going to non-white union members: We found the emphasis on apprentices curious. While […]