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NYC Considers Apprenticeship Program for Workers on Tall Buildings

City and unions getting serious about requiring training for workers on high-rise construction

December 19, 2016

New York City Council Speaker, Melissa Mark-Viverito, has indicated she will support a new bill that would mandate training programs for construction workers working at 10-story-plus buildings.

Mark-Viverito's support comes after a series of New York construction workers have been injured or fallen to their deaths while working on high-rise building sites.

“This is about the training that is offered to workers, which is something the unions have pointed to — that many of the workers are not prepared,” Mark-Viverito said. “So we are looking at how we can improve those working conditions in the area of construction.”

Gary LaBarbera, president of the Building and Construction Trades Council of Greater New York and steward of 15 national and international unions representing 100,000 workers, has been advocating for an apprenticeship program with a heavy emphasis on training workers on the safe working procedures unique to building tall buildings.

Mark-Viverito said last Thursday she expect the New York City Council to begin hearings after the holidays.

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