Saturday, June 30, 2007

Construction eruption in midtown

Construction workers squared off on a midtown street yesterday after a nonunion laborer backed a cement mixer into a crowd of protesting union workers, police and witnesses said.

Fight for work at building site

Fifty cops rushed to the Eighth Ave. hotel site just before 9 a.m. to break up the dispute, which ended with seven laborers in handcuffs.

Amid the chaos, a union worker attempted to puncture the cement mixer's tires with an ice pick but fled before cops could collar him, a police source said.

Photo from Daily News


Anonymous said...

Mama mia Mafiosi !

Anonymous said...

Look at the Daily News link. I love how the guy was supposedly knocked off his leg, which is still standing. And no one around him seems concerned. Acting for the cameras? Of course not.

Anonymous said...

From the picture, I thought it was a Huey Lewis and the News reunion.

Anonymous said...

I attended this rally, and I agree with the union. Critics claim that the unions are simply trying to monopolize the construction trade by picketing non-union construction sites with inflatable rats.

However, when it comes to enforcing workplace safety standards, the unions are far more effective than the city inspectors. Also, union labor is preferable to illegal migrant labor. Union members pay taxes, vote, and contribute to the community.

The protesting union workers were a diverse group of Irish, Italians, Latinos, and African-Americans.

Thank you for posting this important news story.

verdi said...

UNIONS FOREVER....hurrah boys, hurrah !

They're the only ones that can pressure the DOB to enforce job site safety standards !