Contract Talks Resuming Amid Construction Worker Walkout At WTC

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.

Do you think it’s ok to have a job action at this site? Sound off below…

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One Comment

  1. alex says:

    If your pay is so bad why don’t you join up with a union. All of you people whine about “greedy unions” forgetting that weekends, overtime pay, 8 hour workdays and a bunch of other things you enjoy are the direct result of “greedy unions”. So rather than complaining about how bad your pay is, do something about it. YOU ARE THE PROBLEM. Sitting there in front of your computer crying about how you would do my job for half the money not only makes you incredibly stupid it makes you a coward. I am a proud member of ironworkers local 272 and i wouldn’t do my job for a penny less. I am willing to fight for both my working conditions and yours as well.

    1. mattd says:

      And you wonder why companies are sending our jobs out of this country. Greedy unions are the number one problem with our economy. The only thing you like to do is calling people names because there are allot of us people that are sick and tired of seeing union worker asking for more money then they deserve. In return they pass your increases to us poor non union working class. Give us a break and stop destroying our country.

  2. Andrew O says:

    As if on cue, there are always those sometimes-paid souls who like to bash unions. on the internet. (What a gig).

    More workers should join them. and fight for their rights on the job and for higher pay and benefits. The whole American working class is hurting not because of unions but because most today are NOT represented and have to take what the boss dishes out. Good for the union guys!

  3. danny says:

    I can think of about 10% of the country that would love to have these jobs today. What are these guys thinking? They want to make the same as a doctor or lawyer for mixing and laying concrete? Guess what people? If you wanted to make the same as a doctor or a lawyer, then you should have went to college and become one.
    Oh, and by the way, if these guys only want money, then remove your flags from your gear and replace it with dead presidents, because that is all you care about. There’s your American Pride right there.

  4. mattd says:

    Greedy Unions are at it again. While the rest of us a barely making ends meet with our low salary. I’ll do there jobs at half the salary and I bet it is a hell allot more then I am making now. Kick the GREEDY unions out….

    1. Scott says:

      Well said! I couldn’t agree more.

    2. Michael H. says:

      Greedy? They’re being asked to take a 20% pay cut. Would you agree to that?

      1. Tommy says:

        it beats sitting home while the non-union companies get all of the work. don’t forget, these union guys get benefit packages equal to about 80% on top of their pay, so take a concrete worker @ $37+ per hour and add $26+ for the benefits. No we are at $62 per hour – not bad for an hourly worker.

      2. Michael H Also says:

        Lots of people are taking pay cuts these days Michael, including 100% pay cuts when they get laid off. Union construction in NYC is at 40% unemployment while non-union companies continue to gain market share. Developers in this city are simply unwilling to continue to pay 30% more to build Union, period. Cuts need to be made or there will very few jobs for Union workers – mostly public work that contractors don’t want because the city, state, and feds don’t pay their bills. And I am a Union Contractor in this city for more than 40 years.

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