When Averil Morrison sued the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 14-B for racial discrimination back in 2012, she confirmed what we’ve known for decades: New York City union construction is no standard-bearer for workplace diversity.
BuildingNYC is an association that represents those workers doing the majority of the building in NYC today, especially affordable housing. Comprised of a diverse workforce from across all sectors of the NYC construction industry, we seek to protect and advocate for the right to work in a safe, fair and equitable environment that promotes continued job growth and economic success.
The union’s white members have received more work and larger pensions, data show. In contrast, minority members, who have lagged for decades, often struggle to find steady jobs and to earn enough credit to retire on time with full pensions.
While white workers in unionized construction make $29.44 per hour on average, black workers make $23.70. That’s almost 20% less than their white colleagues.
Tishman Construction Corp., builder of One World Trade Center in New York’s financial district, admitted to an overbilling scheme spanning a decade and agreed to pay $20 million in restitution and penalties.