the Harlem YMCA Study Group presents:
WORKERS OF COLOR IN THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY
New York City's construction industry, once a bastion of White nepotism and racism, now has a predominantly Black, Latino and Asian workforce.
But, desegregation has come with a high pricetag - the industry has become largely non union, and low wage workers of color now toil for sweatshop wages on jobs where worker safety is blatantly ignored by the contractors.
Come and explore why and how that happened with Gregory A. Butler.
Butler knows the business from the inside - he's an African American union carpenter with 15 years in the trade, 9 of those years as a local 608 shop steward.
He has written two books on the industry, "DISUNITED BROTHERHOODS ...race, racketeering and the fall of the New York construction unions" and "LOST TOWERS ...inside the World Trade Center cleanup".
Butler also runs the GANGBOX: Construction Workers News Service on the yahoo groups and google groups networks and the GANGBOX blog at wordpress.com.
Come join the discussion at
The Harlem Y.M.C.A.
180 West 135th St
between Lenox Av and
Adam Clayton Powell Blvd
(2 or 3 train to 135th St)
Tuesday, July 24 @ 7:30PM
sponsored by the Harlem YMCA Study Group