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).
Over the summer, CNN has released an original series entitled "Inside Man", hosted by Oscar-nominated documentary filmmaker Morgan Spurlock. "Inside Man" gives viewers an insider's view of the diverse sectors of American life, diving deep into hard-hitting issues like medical marijuana, the elder care industry, migrant farm workers, gun ownership, bankruptcy, education, the drought and union workers.
The final episode of the series, which aired on Sunday, August 25, 2013, focused on working men and women and how the decline of labor unions directly correlates with the decline of the middle class. But, most importantly the episode covers ways that labor unions are getting back on track.
In the episode, Morgan spends a day with Local 79 Director of Organizing Chaz Rynkiewicz, attending a major demonstration and rally in New York City against Equity Residential and Sam Zell. Morgan and his crew spent over four hours filming the job action from the street and Highline.