12 thoughts on “CityViews: Unions, Not Developers, Are to Blame for Open-Shop Job Sites in NYC

  1. Non-union workers need to be educated because they will collect welfare food stamps and they would have no medical because Social Security alone they will never survive don’t have family members contributing money for them to survive Union First Union strong pension annuity Medical the American way don’t be bullshittin look with those Developers are making from their projects billions and they want to pay $20 an hour with no benefits stupidity

  2. Funny how all the articles they write about cutting costs are on the backs of the workers, not their own outrageous profit margins.

  3. This country was made by union hands how dare people complain about our wages our wages even make it better for the nonunion workers pay better lmfao over paid we are the middle class even though some union workers do make over 100 grand big deal they deserve it does any of you know the life exspectincy of a construction worker look it up and tell me we don’t deserve it is any one that reads this at all realize the struggle of living in nyc or longisland what happens if it all went nonunion you would even have less young people living here forcing them to leave and go down south so who is going to make up all that tax money without us here everyone else but I guarantee you will see empty neighborhoods and foreclosed Hines everywhere

  4. John open up the books of the developers . Lets see just how harmful these union agreements have been . What are the salaries of management and the profits of these corporations. How do these compare to other developers in other large cities in the country and in the world . Perhaps if you want to compare NYC Subway construction to French construction . You want to also compare the profits of French developers to NYC developers . While you are comparing their profits you might also compare their share of the tax burden. . The wages of Union workers are irrelevant. What is relevant is the wages compared to the cost of living in the communities they live in and have lived in for multiple decades . Wages adjusted for inflation are down . But you are correct there are many who earn less because they don’t have the agency that Unions provide. Agency to obtain a fair share of the pie from greedy employers . Maybe we can correct that.

  5. Open shop has let to 40 + deaths at NYC construction sites over the last 2 years. Mr. Banks does not account for the fact that Unions ensure contractors pay benefits such as health care and retirement to workers. Open shop firms only pay benefits for a favored few in a company and leaving the majority of workers without healthcare or provide options that workers cannot afford. Thru worker misclassification, open shop contractors rob HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS in tax revenue from the city and State and transfer the burden of healthcare from business to State.
    REBNY greed pushs the cost of worker health care onto taxpayers while REBNY is reaping all the benefits of Building in NYC with taxpayer 421a money. New York City rents and real estate values are top in the world and REBNY only wants to pocket more and more while paying hard working tradesman less and less, their greed is out of control.

  6. Hey Mr. Banks – come on down. We’ll harness you up, get you outfitted with all the proper PPE then take you out to hang out with us for a day. If you make it through the day, we’ll help you process the new awareness you gained about what we do and what it’s worth.

    Then, because you will have been shown a new reality, you can write a follow-up piece that will enequivically refute the garbage you wrote in this one.

  7. Come off it REBNY.
    We see through your verbal gymnastics, simplistic “arguments”, and outright lies.
    It’s not a question of someone being paid overtime to “deliver coffee”, nor is it a question of delayed subway construction & overruns (which have a myriad of managerial and logistical causes), nor is the reason for lack of repairs at NYCHA (which has a long history of lack of funding and government initiative).
    It a much larger question – a question of the survival of unions, and the well-being of thousands of hard-working individuals and their families.
    For unions, in all sectors of our society, are a necessary counterbalance to the power and dictates of management. They are a voice for otherwise powerless workers.
    And you, Related, want to shamefully muffle, silence and ultimately destroy construction unions by your proposed actions. For the scab open shop ,which Related wants, means open season on unions.
    Union labor, sweat & blood built this great city. And it continues to do so.
    But Related wants to end all that – with open-shop construction hiring on the second major phase of Hudson Yards —in which they seek to abandon union shop labor and set a precedent. That’s why unions are justifiably fighting back against Related.
    Likewise, if Related attempts to deny unions the right to strike –in any circumstance!— they are utterly emasculating these unions, making them into company unions – which is what Related & REMBY really want, isn’t it?
    If Related continues on this course, the name “Related” will be remembered not for its soaring buildings, but for its right-wing greed and callous union-busting tactics.
    And both the appeal & quality of Related’s edifices will reflect their race to the bottom, in terms of the cheap scab labor they choose to hire. For you get what you pay for, Related, you definitely get what you pay for.
    Union labor is the solid bedrock on which this great city was built.
    Let’s keep it that way.

  8. “…their leaders espouse progressive rhetoric, railing against income inequality and fair wages for workers – all while many of its members are making annual salaries well over $100,000.”

    Meanwhile, dozens of Banks’s bosses make over $10,000,000 annually. The notion that making 1/100 of that ($100,000) precludes one from “railing against income inequality” is insidious, dumb, and always comes from hypocritical paid liars like Banks.

  9. Let’s leave the hard working union members alone and have Deblasio stop giving up 980 million dollars of taxpayer money to the homeless..that’s the real reason the city is in the shape its in its not the unions,it’s the politicians using money where it shouldn’t be used..Stop blaming and using the unions as a scapegoat and let’s get the reveal problems squashed…this city is mismanaged BIGTIME..

  10. John what is your salary? You sit behind a desk and criticize a worker for trying to support his family. You make it sound like $100,000 is a lot of money. Families are struggling to send there children to college. You should put on a hard hat and try working in the freezing cold for one day. Be forced to have your coffee on a dirty bucket or go to the bathroom in a porta John. We are not animals. Maybe non union workers should speak out about not having any medical coverage. A worker should not be afraid for his job when he is in his mid 50’s and he can’t pick up 90 lb of sand. We are not a third world country. Every one has a right to enjoy there retirement years with a small pension. We are not the 1% of America. We are the poor working middle class.

  11. Let’s put it simply if an apartment cost 200 thousand to build was is it sold for a million or more dollars that’s a 400 percent profit. I have no problem opening my financials. I surely don’t recieve anything near 10 percent profit. It Simple math beat down the middle class so we can have low class and high class. That is the reality

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