HELP PROTECT OUR SKYLINE

ANALYSIS

The Time for the PRO Act is Now

Congress Needs Your Influence

On March 9 the US House of Representatives passed the Protecting the Right to Organize Act (The PRO Act). If enacted this bill will reinforce the rights of workers all over America to unionize — rights that have been attacked and whittled away for years by powerful business interests and their collaborators in government.

 

Why do workers need the right to organize?

We live in a free country. And we've all seen what happens when we cede all the power to management, as has been happening more and more for decades. The result is extreme inequality and worse. 

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America Has

Union Envy

We Want More and Stronger Unions

Here is an astonishing juxtaposition of two datapoints in America today. At a time when union membership of our workforce is at a record low of 10.3%, a large majority of Americans, 65% of us, hold a positive view of unions.

We admire something that most of us don’t have access to. Can this be called union-envy?

 

THE HUMAN TOLL

The Waldorf:

Where Luxury Masks Tragedy

The remodel of the famous luxury hotel into deluxe mid-town condominiums is the site of ugly segregation and repeated worker injuries. It seems that this trade-off is worth it to some construction companies.

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Gregory Ecchevarria Didn't Need to Die

He survived more than 10 years of active military service in Afghanistan and Iraq, but couldn't survive New York City's increasingly deadly construction industry. This is his story.

Which Brother Will Live, Which Won't?

The answer has to do with whether they were in a union or not. 

 

This is the story of Luis and Angel Ramos, two brothers who came to New York City from Ecuador with exceptional carpentry skills and dreams of prosperity. One is realizing those dreams, the other is dead. Union membership is the key difference.

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Luis Ramos
Angel Ramos
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FEATURE

If it Cost Less to Make, it Should Cost Less to Buy, But...

If a product costs less to make, you should pay less for it. So how would you feel about paying a Cadillac price for a Kia?

 

You’d be outraged. Well, that overpay scenario may be happening every day to purchasers of high-rise real estate in New York City. Here's a look at why that matters.

INTERVIEW

Building Inspector Exposes "Night & Day" Difference on Job Sites 

One building inspector for a prominent New York firm who examines new high-rise construction and large remodels, says that he has seen “a very stark difference in terms of safety between union sites and non-union.”

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The City Mayor Who is on the Record for Unions 

Mayor Bill Finch of Bridgeport, CT, 50 miles from New York City, has first-hand experience with construction unions and non-union builders, and he's speaking out about the huge difference he encountered.

Real Estate Pro on Union vs. Non-Union Buildings

Steve Hodson, president of Hodson Realty, is a 40-year pro in the real estate business. He's represented all sorts of buildings over the decades, and he's got opinions on who makes the best product and why you're not hearing this opinion more often.

As of 2019 construction is New York City’s most deadly occupation, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. That includes policing and firefighting.

How did we get here?

The Deadliest Job in New York City: Construction Worker

UPDATE

NON-UNION BY THE NUMBERS

85.5 %

NYC Work Site Deaths
 
–Private Sector
Since 2015–
*Source

$761M

Public Cost of Wage Theft
 
–In New York
in 2016–
 
*Source

$3.9M

Fines for Wage Theft
 
–Settlements
Since 2015–
 
*Source
Quality Suffers

Saving money on construction often means cutting corners, which starts a domino effect. Yeah, scary metaphor when you’re talking about buildings.

Who Saves Money?
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A closer look shows who reaps the savings from cheaper construction labor. Spoiler alert: It’s not you!

Fraud & Abuse

From stealing worker wages to negligent manslaughter, non-union fraud causes major grief —for workers and for you.

YOU COMPARE

When developers choose non-union, it hurts more than the building

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NEWS

The Leaning Tower of Pizzarotti

It matters who you hire.

 

The most experienced, best quality work crews in New York City belong to its best-in-the-world construction unions. Developers who shun them do so at their own peril. Here’s just one more very expensive case study to prove that point: The Seaside Condominiums, also known as “The Leaning Tower of Pizzarotti.”

 

The 58-story high-rise condominium in New York’s seaport district being put up by general contractor Pizzarotti IBC, LLC — who chose to hire non-union — is leaning to the north.

 

Buildings aren’t supposed to lean.

UNION-BUILT MATTERS

Find Out If Your High-Rise Is Union-Built

When it comes to high-rise structures, quality construction can be the difference between a wonderful experience, and a nightmare. Find out who built your high-rise super structure, and more.

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In addition to New York's world class skyline, unions have given America some quality-of-life benefits that we all hold dear. Discover just some of the standards we enjoy because a union fought for and won them, for us all.

Unions Gave Us This and More

WHAT YOU CAN DO

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