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Contract Talks Resuming Amid Construction Worker Walkout At WTC

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Concrete workers off the job at the World Trade Center - New York, NY - Aug 2, 2011 (credit: Peter Haskell / WCBS 880)

Concrete workers off the job at the World Trade Center – New York, NY – Aug 2, 2011 (credit: Peter Haskell / WCBS 880)

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) - The long tortured rebuilding at the World Trade Center site is slowing down once again.

WCBS 880′s Peter Haskell In Lower Manhattan


For the second day in a row, about 200 unionized cement and concrete workers are off the job due to an apparent citywide walkout.

Their contract expired over a month ago.

An industry source says the difference in pay between union and non-union labor needs to be reduced. Also, the unions are reportedly against taking a 20 percent pay cut proposed by contractors.

The workers say they are the lowest paid of the trades making $37.80 an hour with few opportunities for overtime.

Chris Montabano has been working on the Fulton Street transit hub and said the area will be rebuilt but workers will not settle for a pay cut.

The walkout is affecting One World Trade Center and the transit hub, but not the 9/11 memorial – which is set to open on the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks.

The work stoppage affected other major construction projects across the city including the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

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