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Kings County Politics: Open Letter To PA Williams For Support Of Open Shop Construction Workers

Open shop workers are the silent majority in New York’s construction workforce. In fact, approximately 70% of private developments in the city are now being built by these workers. And as the use of open shop expands, more New Yorkers of color are working more than ever before.

CWP in Gotham Gazette: Prevailing Wage Extension Would Kill Jobs and Limit Housing for New Yorkers

If there’s one thing that New Yorkers can agree on, it’s that we should always strive to create new jobs, not take them away. Amazon’s recent decision to withdraw its planned “HQ2” from Long Island City is an example of us failing on this front.

REW: Construction industry push for diversity a good start, but more resources needed

A recently announced diversity initiative by the Associated General Contractors of America is an encouraging step forward. However, open shop workers in New York City need much more support from our elected officials in order to achieve real gains for men and women of color in our industry.

Amsterdam News: It is not progressive for the state legislature to exclude Black and Brown workers from legislative initiatives

We must not confuse sensible efforts to improve the construction industry with mandates that would exclude locally based workers of color and MWBE contractors from some of the city’s biggest projects.

CWP to NYS Senate Labor Committee: Expansion of Public Work and it’s Negative Consequences

While traditional union models of hiring continue to present barriers to entry for minority workers, merit shop (also known as open shop) offers an inclusive hiring model, giving a chance to anyone willing to work hard.

CWP to NYS Assembly Labor Committee: Expansion of Public Work and it’s Negative Consequences

New York’s diverse communities of color have long lacked access to equal employment opportunities, but New York City’s building boom presents ample opportunity for all New Yorkers to gain access to meaningful education/training and employment.