“Like anyone else, I’m back at work because I need to work,” he said. “I always liked being an electrician.”
Mr. McLaughlin said he received unemployment insurance for six months after he was forced to take a leave last summer from his job as president of the New York City Central Labor Council. He is now on unpaid leave. The organization is the nation’s largest municipal labor council, representing more than one million workers.
In March, he said, he went to work for several weeks underground as a sandhog on the gigantic water tunnel that is now under construction beneath the city. He said he decided to take a less grueling job as an electrician as soon as his name came up on the union’s waiting list for jobs.
He said he did not jump ahead of other people on the list. “I didn’t do anything inappropriate” in getting the job, he said. “I waited my turn.”
Awaiting Trial, Ex-Labor Leader Puts on a Hard Hat
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