Whether people wish to acknowledge it or not, immigrant workers play a tremendous role in building and maintaining America's major cities - especially New York. The Pew Research Center has estimated that 15 to 33 percent of New York's construction workforce is undocumented immigrants.
Many workers who get hurt on the job have as many as THREE different cases they can bring. Workers' Compensation, Personal Injury, and Social Security Disability.
The New York Post reports on a proposal that is one of the lowest, most egregious, and even vile things we've seen in more than thirty years fighting for the rights of working men and women in New York. This is an attempt--that we have to believe must fail--to put a strictly limited money value on the lives of workers injured and killed on construction, asbestos removal, demolition and scaffold work sites. Another way to understand this proposal, is that it would encourage contractors to play fast and loose with safety precautions. Every New Yorker must fight this proposal and the people who so cheaply value the lives of our construction workers.
Calling himself "cautiously optimistic" last December, Governor Andrew Cuomo pressed MTA workers and officials to make the January 1 deadline for the Second Avenue Subway. Public works aren't known for meeting deadlines or budgets, but the Q train was indeed up and running (the N runs at rush hour as well), serving an estimated 200,000 daily riders on the Upper East Side.
Thanks to a recovering economy and certain financial incentives, New York is experiencing a tremendous construction boom. Workers are busy and projects are profitable - but the news isn't all good.
It seems that every year without fail, construction industry lobbyists and insurers tee up to rail against New York Labor Law 240, also called the Scaffold Law. But amidst calls for it to be repealed, this law has stood strong since 1885.
It cannot be said enough that New York's construction contractors must be made to protect their working men and women with safe workplaces. Although it is too soon to know whether this scaffold broke, or whether there was some safety violation that caused these window washers to get stuck mid-air--far too often there is a negligent or willful violation of common standards of safety, good faith, and human decency on the part of New York's construction contractors.
Los contrat...istas de construcción de Nueva York deben tomar medidas para proteger a los hombres y mujeres que trabajan involucrado en peligro. Aunque es demasiado pronto para saber si este andamiaje se rompió, o si hubo alguna violación de seguridad que causo a estos limpiadores de ventanas ser atrapados en el aire- con demasiada frecuencia existe una violación intencional o negligente de las normas comunes de seguridad, la buena fe y la decencia humana por parte de los contratistas de la construcción de Nueva York. David Klein.