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The New York State Laborers' Union represents over 40,000 members employed in the construction industry and other fields throughout the state.

Our members are organized into more than 36 local unions and 5 district councils. We are a proud affiliate of the Laborers' International Union of North America (LIUNA).

Current Projects

Current Projects

Current Projects

A hundred million dollars here, another hundred million there and pretty soon you're talking about real money.

The "Economic Recovery Project Labor Agreement" along with other collaborative efforts are saving real money - $100 million, representing nearly 20% of construction costs - for the developers of a visionary project at 440 W. 42nd St. in Manhattan. Work on the 59-story glass tower will employ 700 construction workers, the members of 40 different locals including the Cement and Concrete Workers District Council, Local Union 731 and Local Union 79.

The Related Companies owns the 1.2 million square-foot mixed-use project, which comprises the entire city block of 42nd Street between 10th and Dyer Avenues in mid-town Manhattan's Hell's Kitchen neighborhood. Related is building it in collaboration with Tishman Construction Corporation, projecting completion of the concrete superstructure this summer. Occupancy of the residential complex - more than 800 units of luxury rental, affordable rental and for-sale residences, with amazing amenities and views of the Hudson River and Times Square - will follow in 2011.

The commercial components of the project, also slated for completion in 2011, will comprise street level retail, a Yotel hotel, underground parking and the Signature Center, an off-Broadway Theatre complex designed by Frank Gehry. Designed by Arcquitectonica and Ismael Leyva Architects, the entire project is being built to LEED Silver standards for energy efficiency.

Greg Gushee, Senior Vice President of Related Companies and project manager of the 42nd Street development said, "Collaboration has been an ongoing theme in the evolution of this development. For several years we worked with the community to develop a program that would contain critical affordable housing as well as non-profit theatres and add even more vitality to this diverse neighborhood. We are very pleased that through creative thinking and a partnership with the building trades not only is the development moving forward, creating jobs, and ensuring that our city continues to grow, but the process which we went through has resulted in an even better building."

Total development costs were originally estimated at $900,000,000, but the "Economic Recovery Project Labor Agreement" announced last May as well as a comprehensive review by contractors, trades, in-house architects, developers, consultants and engineers, costs were able to reduced to approximately $800,000,000.

While this Agreement and the efforts undertaken facilitated completion of the project, its location near the Lincoln Tunnel outlet and the No. 7 subway line extension posed unique logistical challenges in delivering materials to the site and to construction itself, challenges which the team embraced.

This enormous project has benefited from efficient cooperation from the start. In December 2009 the City of New York announced a partnership with the Signature Theatre Company to build Signature's new home in the complex. The City is contributing $25 million toward construction of the $60 million facility comprised of three theaters, rehearsal studios, offices, a cafe and bookstore.

The trades have also cooperated successfully during construction. For example, construction of the 24th floor slab and the pads for mechanical equipment - including 12 large hot water heaters, seven plate-frame heat exchangers, three large preassembled pump units, and a large emergency generator - took only three days.

Just as we cooperated in the development of the PLA that is so beneficial to the affordability of this project, "we cooperate in the day-to-day work on this project with our brothers and sisters in other trades" said Alex Castaldi, Business Manager Cement and Concrete Workers District Council.

Through the project, approximately 91 members of the three locals have been working steadily - on time and far under the original budget.

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A hundred million dollars here, another hundred million there and pretty soon you're talking about real money.

The "Economic Recovery Project Labor Agreement" along with other collaborative efforts are saving real money - $100 million, representing nearly 20% of construction costs - for the developers of a visionary project at 440 W. 42nd St. in Manhattan. Work on the 59-story glass tower will employ 700 construction workers, the members of 40 different locals including the Cement and Concrete Workers District Council, Local Union 731 and Local Union 79.

The Related Companies owns the 1.2 million square-foot mixed-use project, which comprises the entire city block of 42nd Street between 10th and Dyer Avenues in mid-town Manhattan's Hell's Kitchen neighborhood. Related is building it in collaboration with Tishman Construction Corporation, projecting completion of the concrete superstructure this summer. Occupancy of the residential complex - more than 800 units of luxury rental, affordable rental and for-sale residences, with amazing amenities and views of the Hudson River and Times Square - will follow in 2011.

The commercial components of the project, also slated for completion in 2011, will comprise street level retail, a Yotel hotel, underground parking and the Signature Center, an off-Broadway Theatre complex designed by Frank Gehry. Designed by Arcquitectonica and Ismael Leyva Architects, the entire project is being built to LEED Silver standards for energy efficiency.

Greg Gushee, Senior Vice President of Related Companies and project manager of the 42nd Street development said, "Collaboration has been an ongoing theme in the evolution of this development. For several years we worked with the community to develop a program that would contain critical affordable housing as well as non-profit theatres and add even more vitality to this diverse neighborhood. We are very pleased that through creative thinking and a partnership with the building trades not only is the development moving forward, creating jobs, and ensuring that our city continues to grow, but the process which we went through has resulted in an even better building."

Total development costs were originally estimated at $900,000,000, but the "Economic Recovery Project Labor Agreement" announced last May as well as a comprehensive review by contractors, trades, in-house architects, developers, consultants and engineers, costs were able to reduced to approximately $800,000,000.

While this Agreement and the efforts undertaken facilitated completion of the project, its location near the Lincoln Tunnel outlet and the No. 7 subway line extension posed unique logistical challenges in delivering materials to the site and to construction itself, challenges which the team embraced.

This enormous project has benefited from efficient cooperation from the start. In December 2009 the City of New York announced a partnership with the Signature Theatre Company to build Signature's new home in the complex. The City is contributing $25 million toward construction of the $60 million facility comprised of three theaters, rehearsal studios, offices, a cafe and bookstore.

The trades have also cooperated successfully during construction. For example, construction of the 24th floor slab and the pads for mechanical equipment - including 12 large hot water heaters, seven plate-frame heat exchangers, three large preassembled pump units, and a large emergency generator - took only three days.

Just as we cooperated in the development of the PLA that is so beneficial to the affordability of this project, "we cooperate in the day-to-day work on this project with our brothers and sisters in other trades" said Alex Castaldi, Business Manager Cement and Concrete Workers District Council.

Through the project, approximately 91 members of the three locals have been working steadily - on time and far under the original budget.

GlobalFoundries Chip Fab

When GlobalFoundries broke ground on its vast semiconductor manufacturing facility in Malta last July, members of Laborers local unions 157 and 190 went to work at the forefront of this huge project.

Construction costs for the first phase of this $4.2 billion project are estimated at $500 million, with budgets for subsequent phases still under development as plans and contracts are finalized.

Current plans call for three 300,000 square-foot manufacturing modules, with 72 percent of the Luther Forest site remaining as forest land.

More than 60 members began work last year, with smaller numbers on site this spring and a substantial increase expected as soon as site work concludes and construction of the second of three buildings begins.

"During the current economic downturn, we feel fortunate to have a project of this magnitude in the region, and it looks to be a bright spot in our area for some time to come," said Local 157 Business Manager Peter Stearns. "It is also a pleasure to work on a project with a Project Labor Agreement (PLA), with all trades working together to complete the project on time and budget."

Our laborers have been very busy onsite driving foundation piles, installing lagging walls, excavating, pouring concrete, stripping and cleaning forms, installing fencing and bollards and performing general clean up,” explained Anthony Fresina, Local Union 190 business manager.

The GlobalFoundries semiconductor manufacturing plant will employ 1,400 workers when it becomes operational in summer 2012, with an estimated payroll totaling $88 million annually. An additional 5,000 indirect jobs are projected to be created by construction of the plant and by the start up and expansion of additional related businesses serving the plant and its employees. The projected overall total for this project and the ancillary work expected to follow is $20 billion over 25 years.

All this activity is focused through a tight deadline that challenges the Laborers and other trades every day. From the initial concrete pour in September of 2009, the contractor has 24 months to turn the facility over to the owner. Tomeet this deadline, thousands of yards of concrete needed to be poured daily; and this required that a concrete batch plant be constructed on site.

To help meet this formidable challenge, the obtaining of a Project Labor Agreement - a challenge in itself, on a privately funded project of this magnitude - provides an important framework. The local building trades councils, the local trade unions, and the owner reached an agreement through five months of constant negotiations. State government was also a key player, recognizing the benefits of a PLA on the project and granting significant tax benefits and training grants.

"It's difficult to imagine amore substantial win-win situation for all involved than this ambitious and very large project," said Sam Fresina, Business Manager of the Laborers Eastern District Council. "It's a substantial challenge to our members and contractors; but the benefits are also substantial.We are proud to be involved and confident that we can meet this challenge.We always do."

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