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UNION - CHANGE OR DIE
— by Ted Ted
Indeed, every innovation in construction methods or materials introduced new disputes -- and often serious vandalism -- by warring unions. {JULIA - NOW WE'RE VANDALS, GREAT NAME THE PROJECTS SO VANDALIZED, SHOW US THE POLICE RECORDS}

Jurisdictional conflicts seriously undermine productivity and raise costs in New York -- yet aren't even an issue in competitor cities. They've become the most important reason not to use union labor. {WE PAY FOR THE LAWYERS ON ALL 10K ISSUES VIA PAYROLL DEDUCTIONS FROM OUR CBA WAGE & BENNIE PACKAGE, IT CREATES JOBS FOR ATTORNEYS & LABOR LAW HACKS & THE NLRB & DOL STAFF}

The good news is that the unions can do something about these destructive disputes. Back in 2009, they tried to curb the worst abuses through Project Labor Agreements, which were negotiated site by site to mandate such basics as a full 8-hour workday in exchange for an 8-hour paycheck, standardized holidays, staggered start and finish times, overtime capped at time-and-a-half and prohibition of strikes or stoppages. {JULIA - PLA'S HAVE BEEN UPHELD AS CONSTITUTIONAL BY THE SUPREME COURT, UNION & NON-UNION FIRMS WORK THESE PROJECTS & MUST PAY PREVAILING WAGE RATES, WE GET NO STINKING PAID HOLIDAYS, NOT A ONE, ALL TRADES WORK AN 8-HOUR DAY & WE ARE NOT GIVING IN, NOR WILL WE GO BACK TO THE DAYS OF COMPANY CAMPS, COMPANY HOUSING, CHITS IN LIEU OF CASH (MONEY), STAGGERED START & STOP TIMES DO NOT WORK, BESIDES WE'D SCREW UP THE COMMUTE FOR ALL YOU USELESS, LAZY DO-NOTHING OFFICE WORKERS, WE WORK IN ALL KINDS OF HEAT, COLD, RAIN & SNOW....YOU OFFICE GIRLS WOULDN;T LAST A DAY, LET ALONE A WEEK IN THE FIELD....ON OT, SCREW YOU, DOUBLE TIME FOR WORK OVER 10, SUNDAYS & HOLIDAYS IS HERE TO STAY.....PLA'S STABILIZE THE LARGE AMOUNT OF WORKERS REQUIRED TO COMPLETE MEGA PROJECTS & ANOTHER FACT....THERE ISN;T A NON-UNION SHITBAG FIRM IN THE NATION WHO HAS THE CREDIT OR BONDING CAPACITY TO HANDLE A MULIT-BILLION DOLLAR PROJECT, ON JURISDICTIONAL DISPUTES.....THEY'RE ALL CASH WORKERS & ILLEGALS FOR THE MOST PART, SO THEY CAN'T WORRY ABOUT WORK ASSIGNMENTS WHEN THEY LOOK OVER THEIR SHOULDER ALL DAY FOR ICE}

But developers and contractors concluded that the PLAs were mainly unenforceable and that the promised savings of 20 percent turned out to be more like 2 to 3 percent. {BULLSHIT - LARGE MULTI-BILLION DOLLAR CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS, PUBLIC WORKS OR PRIVATE GENERATE A BUTTLOAD OF CHANGE ORDERS, IN WHICH COMPETENT GC'S & SUB'S EARN 25% OH & P, OVER & ABOVE ACTUAL COSTS.....AND THAT INCLUDES PAYING OUR WAGES & BENNIES AT CURRENT RATES, PLUS OT & DOUBLE TIME....SO THIS IS JUST ANOTHER MYTH & LIE YOU PROFFER......FACT - WHEN CONSTRUCTION WORKERS WORK A PLA JOB, THEY ARE FAT & HAPPY SO TO SPEAK, THEY ARE LOYAL, THEY ARE MORE PRODUCTIVE AND DAMN GLAD TO HAVE THE JOB & THE OPPORTUNITY TO WORK THE OT. CENTURY CITY IN VEGAS WAS APPROX $6-BILLION BASE COST, TUTOR-PERININ TOOK IT TO OVER $9 BILLION WITH CO'S & MADE A KILLING, AS THEY ALL DO...SOME MORE THAN OTHERS........FACT 42-MONTH SCHEDULE..........FACT - THE RATS WOULD TAKE 15 YEARS TO BUILD THE SAME PROJECT & WHEN DONE IT WOULD BE HALF-ASSED & WOULD NOT PASS INSPECTIONS}

Now there's a better chance to fix the problems. On June 30, 23 labor contracts expire, giving the unions a historic opportunity to propose reforms that will save their jobs. This means:

Removing restrictions on the contractor's choice of equipment, technology, tools, methods, designs and materials, prefabrication and off-site work -- all of which should be in the domain of management discretion. {JULIA - YOU'RE SUCH A TERRIBLE LIAR.....SHAME ON YOU.......THERE ARE NO RESTRICTIONS ON CONTRACTOR EQUIPMENT HONEY...THIS IS CALLED MEANS & METHODS, A RIGHT WHICH ALL GC'S, SUB'S HOLD DEAR AND ONE WHICH IS PRESERVED VIA STD. AIA CONTRACT LANGUAGE.....GO BACK TO SCHOLL WILL YA.........ON PRE-FAB OFFSITE, THAT IS WHEREIN THE PROBLEM LIE, MANAGEMENT WANTS TO END RUN THE CBA'S & USE NON-UNION OR RAT FIRMS AND/.OR 3RD WORLD LABOR THAT THEY EXPLOIT FOR NEXT TO NOTHING TO LINE THEIR POCKETS ALL THE MORE.....AGAIN, SCREW YOU - AMERICA FIRST}
Abolishing contractual requirements for temporary services. {JULIA, NAME THEM...FINAL CLEANING WITH ILLEGAL ALIENS DOES NOT COUNT}

Starting and ending the workday at the worker's assigned station.{ JULIA HONEY - YA JUST DON'T GET IT.....SO IF DUE TO SITE LOGISTICS & MANNING OF OTHER TRADES, PER THE GC'S CPM SCHEDULE, ALL TRADES ARE SUPPOSED TO MAGICALLY FLY TO THE FLOOR THEY ARE WORKING ON....MORE BULLSHIT, THIS IS A SIMPLE FACT OF URBAN HIGHRISE DESIGN.....YOU CANNOT FORCE THE MEN TO WALK THE STAIRS, SO PUT UP MORE MANLIFTS, INSTALL MORE ELEVATORS (WAIT, DEVELOPER LOSES SQUARE FOTTAGE & LEASE SPACE)....BOTTOM LINE NOT GOING TO CHANGE.....WHEN YOU HAVE TO MOVE LARGE QUANTITIES OF WORKERS....3-5K MEN A DAY, THAT IS SIMPLY PART OF THE EQUATION FOR OUR MEN ACCOMMODATING THE RIDICULOUS SCHEDULING REQUIREMENTS & IT IS A CONCESSION TO LOGISITICS OF RUNNING LARGE PROJECTS. OF COURSE WITH AN ALL NO UNION ILLEGAL ALIEN WORK FORCE...YOU SAY JUMP, THEY SAY OK HOW HIGH, YOU SAY WALK TO 10OTH FLOOR, THEY SAY OK.....AGAIN, NOT GONNA HAPPEN ON UNION JOBS SO GO SAVE SOME WHALES OR THE ENVIRONMENT,,,DO SOEMTHING USEFUL}

Making an 8-hour day, 40-hour week the standard, with overtime to be paid at time and a half over 40 hours {JULIA - NO CHANGES BITE ME}

Permitting staggered start times among and within trades. { JULIA - DENIED}

Limiting paid days off to major national holidays.  {JULIA - RIGHT HERE YOU SHOWED YOUR CARDS, CLUELESS, WITLESS.....WE DO NOT GET PAID HOLIDAYS - PERIOD}

Union construction labor now costs 20 percent to 30 percent more than nonunion; these reforms would bring it closer to the 10 percent that many developers say is tolerable. Without them, private-sector union work will continue its vanishing act -- a tragedy for the union workers who built New York. { CALL AG'S OFFICE, DOL, ICE, FBI & DEPORT ALL ILLEGAL ALIENS, TRUMAN PROVED IT COULD BE DONE.....RAID NON-UNION CONS. FIRMS, ARREST, INDICT, TRY & CONVICT OWNERS FOR VILATIONS OF WAGE & HOUR LAWS, FAILURE TO PAY WORKERS COMP, UENPLOYMENT INSURANCE ETC........THERE IS YOUR 20-30%, RE: THE MARKET WOULD ADJUST & SELF CORRECT, NON-UNION FIRMS WOULD HAVE TO PAY MORE TO GET THEIR HELP, ALL PUBLIC & PRIVATE BIDS FOR JOBS WOULD THUS TIGHTEN UP DRAMATICALLY.....ALSO, THE OWNERS & DEVELOPERS WHO FUND PROJECTS IN THIS MANNER, SHOULD BE SO CHARGED & TRIED, CHANGE THE LAWS RELATIVE TO THEIR WILLING PART IN THE CONSPIRACY TO DEFRAUD THE STATES & DON;T TELL US THAT THE OWNERS & DEVELOPERS ARE NOT RESPONSIBLE, OR THAT THEY ARE UNAWARE OF THESE ISSUES - THEY ARE, THEY SUPPORT THEM & SOME GO AS FAR AS TO INSIST ON THEM ALL TO SAVE THE ALMIGHTY DOLLAR & PUT IT IN THEIR POCKET....SO WORK ON THAT & THEN COME BACK IN 20-YEARS WHEN YOU CLEAN THIS SECTOR UP AND TELL US THE NUMBERS (WAGE GAP) THEN}


Julia Vitullo-Martin is a senior fellow at the Regional Plan Associa tion and co-author, with Hope Cohen, of the study "Construction Labor Costs in New York City: A Moment of Opportunity." {JULIA, YOU OBVIOUSLY DON'T KNOW THE FIRST THING ABOUT THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY & YOU ARE A FRAUD}