Monday, August 1, 2011

WTC Halted Yet Again As Concrete Workers Whine For Wages

Talk about a head full of rocks. With the 10th anniversary of 9/11 less than two months away, hundreds of spoiled unionized concrete workers have walked off the job at the already shamefully delayed World Trade Center site, insisting that a well-paying job during the second Great Depression is less important than making sure their new contract includes significant wage increases.

Without them, work on the WTC's transit hub has come to a dead halt, in turn forcing 650 dedicated workers to be temporarily laid off. The concrete workers have the audacity to be threatening a strike Tuesday—which is illegal at sites where developers and unions have inked project labor agreements.With statewide unemployment is locked in at 9%+, they should be utterly ashamed of themselves.

Louis Coletti, Building Trades Employers’ Assn. prez, said, “The World Trade Center site should not be held as a bargaining chip in these negotiations."