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Category Archive: Building and Construction Trades Council

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

    Posted on Dec 11, 2018 by Team

    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 […]

  • CUF Launches “Ask Gary Why” Campaign in NYC

    Posted on Aug 27, 2018 by Team

    Last week in New York City, the Center for Union Facts (CUF) launched the second-phase of a campaign surrounding union boss Gary LaBarbera, President of the Building and Construction Trades Council (BCTC). The campaign encourages New Yorkers to “Ask Gary Why” much-needed subway and public housing repairs have been ignored, and why the unions Gary LaBarbera represents have a history of […]

  • CUF Launches New “Subway Scam” Campaign

    Posted on Mar 22, 2018 by Team

    The Center for Union Facts (CUF) has officially launched “Subway Scam,” highlighting the trade unions that have made New York’s subway system dirty, delayed, and dangerous. The new campaign focuses specifically on the Building and Construction Trades Council (BCTC) of Greater New York—namely BCTC President Gary LaBarbera—whose member unions’ expensive and wasteful contracts with the Metropolitan Transit Authority […]

  • Construction Unions Build Barriers to Affordable Housing

    Posted on Aug 29, 2016 by 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 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 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 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 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 […]