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Labor Clout Takes A Hit In Supreme Court Ruling On Dues

Labor Clout Takes A Hit In Supreme Court Ruling On Dues

On its final day in session of its 2017-2018 term, the Supreme Court issued a ruling that will hurt public sector unions in the pocketbook, and deal a blow to labor’s clout in the political arena. In the case of Janus v. AFSCME, the court ruled, in a 5-4 vote with conservatives winning out, that government employee […]

El World Trade Center en NYC inaugura un nuevo rascacielos

El World Trade Center en NYC inaugura un nuevo rascacielos

La zona cero de los atentados de las Torres Gemelas tiene desde hoy un nuevo rascacielos, el 3 World Trade Center, que ocupará el vacío que dejó el hotel Marriott, destruido durante los ataques del 11-S. El proyecto se ha alargado ocho años, en gran parte por la dificultad de encontrar inversores que avalaran la […]

Contractors to repair $1B leak 55 stories under NYC

Contractors to repair $1B leak 55 stories under NYC

Dive Brief: Crews led by Omaha-based infrastructure heavy hitter Kiewit-Shea and a tunnel boring machine dubbed Nora, according to the Times Herald-Record, are in the process of digging a $1 billion bypass tunnel 55 stories under the Hudson River to get around the leaking, 85-mile Delaware Aqueduct, which serves New York City, the Associated Press reported. Via gravity, […]

Brooklyn, NYC in line for 511-foot-tall mixed-use tower

Brooklyn, NYC in line for 511-foot-tall mixed-use tower

Dive Brief: A new mixed-use tower in the New York City’s Brooklyn borough is scheduled to come online in October 2020, and the Marvel Architects-designed building is about 65% bigger than originally planned, according to CityRealty. Permits for the 540 Fulton structure were first filed in 2016 when developers Jenel Management indicated that the building would […]

NYC unveils 10-year transit modernization plan

NYC unveils 10-year transit modernization plan

Dive Brief: Metropolitan Transportation Authority New York City Transit President Andy Byford proposed a 10-year modernization of the city’s transportation systems, a schedule that has been reduced by 75% from the agency’s previous timeline of 40 years. The revised plan’s costs have been estimated at between $19 billion and $37 billion, depending on various news outlets’ sources. Within five years, the Fast Forward Plan […]

NYC to require 40 hours of safety training

NYC to require 40 hours of safety training

Dive Brief: New York City’s Department of Buildings (DOB) announced Wednesday that its final safety training requirements include a mandatory 40 hours for workers and 62 hours for supervisors, according to a DOB press release. The new requirements apply to those working at projects where the DOB mandates construction superintendents, site-safety coordinators or site safety managers to […]

NYC tower design gets a BIG twist

NYC tower design gets a BIG twist

Construction is currently underway on a pair of Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG)-designed towers in New York City named the XI (aka the Eleventh). The twin buildings will feature an unusual twisted form that’s intended to maximize the view for residents. The XI towers are located in Chelsea, Manhattan, next to the High Line. The taller of […]

The 10 biggest contractor fines under Trump’s OSHA

The 10 biggest contractor fines under Trump’s OSHA

During the Obama administration, Occupational Safety and Health Administration press releases that accompanied safety violation citations and notices of proposed fines were often of the “shaming” variety, according to Edwin G. Foulke Jr., former assistant secretary of labor for OSHA under President George W. Bush. He said the approach seemed to be a strategy to […]

Ignorance of OSHA standards no defense for worker’s death

Ignorance of OSHA standards no defense for worker’s death

Dive Brief: The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit Court upheld OSHA’s decision to issue a willful citation in the case of a worker’s deadly fall, even though the employer claims the foreman in charge was ignorant of safety requirements that could have prevented the incident, according to a summary written by the […]