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Union Members Speak Out Against NYC Construction Union

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 the five non-white union members suing Local 14-14B, are speaking out about how the union disproportionately advantages white construction workers.

You can hear their stories by watching the video below:

The results of the alleged actions of Local 14-14B and other New York construction unions can be seen in the statistics. According to an analysis of Census Bureau data, black union construction workers make $5.74 less per hour on average than white construction workers in New York City.

Morrison and her fellow union members’ case will be heard in court this spring. We hope it will shine a light on how the discrepancies between white and non-white union construction workers have been perpetuated by the construction unions.

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