Friday, March 20, 2020

Development still goes on during coronavirus outbreak

NY Post

The Big Apple’s construction trades workers are still showing up for work — sometimes even while sick — putting new pressure on City Hall to close down job sites as it battles the spread of coronavirus, The Post has learned.

The developments come as construction union officials and sources told the paper that de Blasio is eyeing a shutdown of the industry, like what happened in Boston.

“If we knew that, they’d be escorted off the site if they were not going voluntarily,” said city Building Trades Employers Association president Lou Coletti, which represents 1,200 unionized contractors across the five boroughs.

He emphasized such action could only apply to union jobs.

“I had a bad fever the other day. I’m fine now, but I still gotta come to work,” a 45-year-old superintendent told a Post reporter while working a construction site of a high-rise near Union Square.

“We have extra wash stations, we’re taking precautions, but we can’t stop [working] unless the city stops us,” the person added. “There are contracts and unions; there’s a lot of things involved, but we all wish someone would make that decision already.”

Across the five boroughs, construction workers kept going about their business as usual.

“We have to take care of what we gotta take care of,” quipped Mario Morales, 33, who was working another job site in Manhattan. “We gotta work. We have our masks; we’re washing our hands, and taking the precautions.”

Some lawmakers — including Brooklyn Councilmen Brad Lander and Carlos Menchaca — are calling for the city to halt construction projects in response to the coronavirus pandemic.
When asked if the Mayor Bill de Blasio supports a construction moratorium, his spokeswoman Freddi Goldstein said in an email, “this is one of the many things we’re discussing. We’ll let you know as soon as we have update.”

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Sure, All the Illegals working these sights, hanging sheetrock, filling dumpsters etc need money and are to illiterate to know better.
Both the banks and developers are going bust so hopefully work will dry up and they will go home or start robbing us in the streets.
When dozens of US senators & assorted politicians dump 10's of $$ millions in stock you can bet they have inside information on this being accurate, right ?

Just wait till Marshall law is activated then the real fun starts, not enough cops or military to stop it.