Labor Pains: Because Being in a Union can be Painful

Grinch-Themed Parody Highlights How Union Deals Keep Subway Dirty, Delayed

New Yorkers wishing for a working subway system this Christmas are going to be sorely disappointed. With Gary “The Grinch” LaBarbera and his unions keeping construction costs high, it looks like chronic delays and lagging repairs are all that’s in store for commuters this holiday season.

Subway Scam recently released a new video that holds Gary LaBarbera and the Building and Construction Trades Council (BCTC) accountable for New York’s out-of-control subway costs. The animated music video parodies the song “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch” while highlighting how the BCTC and LaBarbera have contributed to a dirty, dangerous, and delayed subway system.

In New York City, overall transit construction costs are often seven times the global average, with construction staffed by as many as four times more workers than in other countries. In addition to unions assigning workers to unnecessary or outdated jobs, there’s been at least 200 union jobs where workers who earned a full day’s pay didn’t even show up.

While the cost of improvements keeps rising, LaBarbera and his unions don’t seem to mind letting New Yorkers foot the bill.


Categories: Building and Construction Trades Council