In solidarity with building trades unions across the city, Local 3 members joined the #TakeItBack rally outside Brookfield Properties in downtown Manhattan on Wednesday, September 23. #TakeItBack is organized by the New York State Laborers’ Organizing Fund and rank-and-file members of the building trades. Masks were required, but the large crowd of union members and construction workers still made a lot of noise and promised to return until organized labor wins.
Brookfield has been accused of wage theft, racist and sexist discrimination, and hiring non-union labor on construction and renovation projects, including electrical work. This is an ongoing dispute, so stay tuned for updates and actions in the near future.