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Laborers Union Denounces New York City Council Vote On Inwood And Entire Rezoning Process


Laborers Union Denounces New York City Council Vote On Inwood And Entire Rezoning Process

Inwood Rezoning Disregarded Needs of Construction Workers In Community

Recent Vote Follows Sustained Campaign In Opposition To Rezoning By Laborers and Inwood Residents

PR Newswire

NEW YORK, Aug. 9, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Following a six-month campaign in opposition to the Inwood rezoning, the New York City Council, led by Inwood's Council Member Ydanis Rodriguez, voted to approve this deeply flawed and shortsighted neighborhood rezoning. The plan approved failed to address a number of key issues important to both the union and local residents, including responsible contractor and local hire requirements on planned development. These policies would have ensured high-road development and thousands of jobs for local residents. Sadly, the Council failed to meaningful address either in the final plan. Making matters worse, Council Member Rodriguez refused to even meet with the union in the final months of the land use process demonstrating a real disregard for construction workers.

"The City Council has yet again failed to address the needs of construction workers in the Inwood rezoning," said Robert Bonanza, Business Manager of the 17,000, member Mason Tender's District Council of Greater New York. "To vote on such a short-sighted plan that overlooks the very workforce needed for the planned development and housing is an insult to working people in Inwood and throughout New York City," Bonanza added.

In countless rezonings, and even dating back to the approval of the Mandatory Inclusionary Housing plan, the Laborers have been advocating for common sense policies that would protect construction workers from predatory contractors and ensure local residents have an opportunity for meaningful, middle class careers in construction. The New York City Council is overlooking this advocacy, construction workers, and their concerns as they continue to approve rezonings and land use items that don't include or even attempt to address these policies.

"Inwood is only the latest in a long line of rezonings and land use items that have overlooked the concerns of construction workers," said Patrick Purcell, Executive Director of Greater New York & NYS Laborers-Employers Cooperation and Education Trust. "How many times are we going to negotiate and engage in policy discussions that lead to no meaningful change while worker's lives and livelihood's hang in the balance? We will not continue to sit idly by while the Council continues to ignore our needs and remains complicit in the exploitation of construction workers not only in Inwood, but everywhere in this city," Purcell concluded.


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SOURCE Mason Tenders District Council of Greater New York

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