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NYC CONSTRUCTION WORKERS TO RALLY AGAINST THE 20% PAY CUT - Friday, June 17, 3:30 PM

Started by GREGORYABUTLER, June 11, 2011, 06:55:14 am

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GREGORYABUTLER

For Immediate Release: Friday June 10, 2011
For More Information, Contact: Gregory A. Butler  GREGORYABUTLER@aol.com (646) 372-6898

NYC Construction Workers Rank and File Organized has issued a call for a demonstration against Louis Coletti and the Building Trades Employers Association. We will be picketing the BTEA's executive offices at 1430 Broadway (@ W 40th St), New York, NY on Friday, June 17, 2011 from 3:30PM to 5:30PM.

Coletti and the BTEA have used the present economic crisis as an excuse to demand a 20% cut in the middle income wages and benefits of New York City's 100,000 unionized construction workers, to boost the profits of the contractors that Coletti and BTEA represent, and the real estate developers and other financial interests who's buildings they put up.

If we give in, Coletti and his association will keep coming back, demanding giveback after giveback and pay cut after pay cut until we are reduced to the standard of living of this city's 100,000 non union construction workers, some of whom toil off the books under sweatshop working conditions for as little as $ 8/hr.

The Association of Master Painters, an association allied with Coletti and BTEA, have already forced Painters District Council # 9 to agree to deep cuts, including the reduction of the wages and benefits for residential painters in the outer boroughs from $ 60/hr to $ 22/hr!

The NYC District Council of Carpenters have also given deep cuts to the Association of Wall Ceiling and Carpentry Industries, another BTEA/Coletti ally, including a 20% wage cut on market rate housing construction jobs and a 40% wage cut on affordable housing work.

New York City's unionized tradespeople are the most productive, safest and highly skilled construction workers in the world. We are highly trained, with most of us having attended 3 to 4 years of employer funded and union run trade schools, and we have a century and a half long tradition of being early adopters of the most advanced building techniques in our trades.

We are also extremely hard working - the 7 hour days that Mr. Coletti and his association complain about are worked at full tilt speed, and many of us pay the price with on the job injuries and, at the end of our careers, a life expectancy of only 62 years, far shorter than the average American.

All we ask in return is decent pay in return for our very hard and very productive labor, and decent health coverage for ourselves and our families.

It's actually a pretty good deal for the contractors - a lot of Mr. Coletti's 200 members, as well as many other businesspeople in our industry, have become millionaires because of our hard work and many of the real estate tycoons we build for have become billionaires due to our strength and skills.

We didn't cause the present economic crisis (the financiers did) and we sure as hell aren't going to pay for it! We have been very reasonable about concessions and we've already made our fare share of sacrifices - enough is enough!

This is why NYC Construction Workers Rank and File Organized, a group of union tradespeople acting independently of our unions, have called this protest. We say NO to Mr. Coletti's 20% pay cut!
fraternally,
GREGORY A. BUTLER, LOCAL 157 CARPENTER
for GANGBOX: CONSTRUCTION WORKERS NEWS SERVICE
http://gangboxnews.blogspot.com
"UNION NOW, UNION FOREVER"