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Labor divide deepens in ongoing battle with real estate at Hudson Yards
https://www.politico.com/states/new-york/city-hall/story/2019/02/20/labor-divide-deepens-in-ongoing-battle-with-real-estate-at-hudson-yards-862584?fbclid=IwAR2yO_3qHPMqLcKwfi_c4PkkUfkgzWgUN5bf7FBo3LAeceYWr7I4omysv4I
A national union has sided with one of the country’s largest developers in an ongoing battle between real estate and organized workers at the sprawling Hudson Yards site in Manhattan, a move that threatens to further divide labor leaders in the fight.

The International Association of Bridge, Structural, Ornamental and Reinforcing Iron Workers on Tuesday fired the leadership at Local 46, a New York City union under its jurisdiction. The move came after the Washington, D.C.-based union negotiated a deal with The Related Companies for its members to work on several projects within the development.

The parent union fired Terry Moore, the Local 46 business manager, and others in leadership positions were told they would have to reapply for their jobs, according to several sources involved in the dispute.

In a letter to its officers and members, the union said its board unanimously decided “to place Local Union No. 46L … under international supervision and control effective as of February 19, 2019.”

The national organization declared all Local 46 offices vacant and suspended all membership and executive committee meetings. It put in place someone to administer union’s affairs.

The union’s officers were told to surrender “all funds, assets, property, books, keys to the office of Local Union No. 46L, records and other documents they have in their possession” that belong to the union, according to the letter, which was obtained by POLITICO.

“It’s a challenging thing that was done here and I think it’s going to have tremendous reverberations throughout the building trades and the labor movement in general,” said one New York labor leader. “The dust won’t settle on this for a while.”

Moore could not be reached for comment, and a woman who answered the phone at the Local office Wednesday afternoon instructed a reporter to call back Thursday morning.

Former union president John Skinner did not respond to a request for comment but tweeted his displeasure.

“Just going to say this. Any union organization officials that say you need to cross a picket line are a disgrace to the labor movement. They should be ashamed of themselves. And their members should demand they resign,” he wrote Wednesday afternoon.

The parent union stepped into the local fight after Local 46 members refused to cross a picket line to work on 50 Hudson Yards — a 985-foot-tall office tower — and the second phase of the entire development known as the Western Yard, according to four sources familiar with the dispute who would only speak on the condition of anonymity.

“This has really come down to that the rank and file believe in solidarity and that the #countmein movement has built that,” said one Local 46 member, referring to a campaign to organize workers opposing Related over labor issues at Hudson Yards.
Labor divide deepens in ongoing battle with real estate at Hudson Yards

“The solidarity that has been built down there hasn’t been seen or rivaled in New York in a long time. So in some ways I’d say this is a big betrayal of that growing movement,” the person said, adding, “The international cannot make a member cross a picket line.”

The simmering fight boiled over when Related sued the union umbrella group, Building and Construction Trades Council of Greater New York, and its president Gary LaBarbera, over work productivity at Hudson Yards.

The first half of Hudson Yards was built under the terms of a project labor agreement negotiated with LaBarbera’s group. Related is refusing to sign a new agreement for the second half of the project but is working out individual deals with union leaders, including one last year with carpenters.

A spokesperson for Related declined to comment, as did LaBarbera.