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"We are in the midst of a public health epidemic brought on by inadequate safety regulations and public inattention. Construction-safety lapses happen because it pays for companies to run the risk of letting them happen,"
NY Times op-ed January, 16 2017.
To be a construction worker in NYC is one of the toughest, most physically demanding jobs there is. Sometimes it includes working 50 stories in the sky, surrounded by huge cranes. Sometimes it includes working 3 stories below ground surrounded by rebar and heavy machinery. It's always dangerous. NYC last lost 31 construction workers over 2 years- one worker died after falling down an elevator shaft only 2 days before Christmas. More than 90% of the workers who died in the past couple years worked on unorganized jobsites. Immigrant construction workers are even more likely to die or be injured on the job.
City council and the Mayor's office grant billions of taxpayer dollars to wealthy, profit-seeking developers who prioritize profits over workers lives and safety. The city's push for affordable housing in particular has rewarded developers, like Arker Companies, Monadnock, and Joy Construction, that frequently hire subcontractors that take advantage of and abuse the people actually doing the hard work.
We, at NYC Community Alliance for Worker Justice, are a coalition of construction workers, safety advocates, and community allies who have come together to raise the bar for NYC's construction workers.
- Better enforcement of our wage laws to guarantee that every worker gets paid for all the work they do;
- Stronger oversight and enforcement of safety and training requirements to bring an end to the epidemic of worker death and injury;
- Developers and building owners ensure their subcontractors treat workers fairly, obey the law, and maintain the highest standards of ethical business practices;
- City Council, Mayor DeBlasio, and city agencies like HPD and DOB hold developers and contractors accountable by debarring contractors who fail to follow the law, and refusing to award contracts to developers who support law-breaking contractors.
Join our fight! Several workers have already stood up for their right to economic justice and safety at work by striking from unscrupulous contractors like those owned by the Auringer family (US Crane & Rigging, NY Precast, Urban Erectors) and FJM-Ferro, owned by Joe Casucci. Follow us on Facebook for the latest updates and actions.