The Governor announced that all indications point to the Phase 1 reopening in NYC occurring on
June 8th. That will include non-essential construction. The economic impact of the pandemic on
the private sector construction market has been substantial and many projects may not go
forward. In an effort to help projects get started, the Building Trades Council and affiliates have
offered modifications to stagger start times, reduce shift rates to 5% and allow for four 10-hour
days. Local 3 has agreed to this 90 day modification, which will be reviewed in 30 and 60 days.
The modifications not only provide economic relief to restart projects on the fence, but it will also
allow spacing for the trades on the jobs as we go back to work. While the virus has slowed it
has not been eradicated, so wear your masks and abide by all protocols in place on all
construction sites and interior jobs. If there are questions regarding the modifications or health
and safety site protocols, please call the Construction Desk (718)591-4000 ext 801.
The unemployment has had a profound economic impact on our members in Local 3 and their
families, as well as the Local's revenue that is needed to function on behalf of the members and
our benefit plans. It is those plans specifically that have sustained us through this and other
difficult times. We need to protect them, and the upcoming increase in man hours and
contributions will work towards that end.
I want this to be clear: if you were temporarily laid off, your call to return to work should come
from the JIB Employment Department and not a foreman or a superintendent. If you get a call
from your employer, immediately notify the Employment Department in order to officially
process your referral back from your temporary layoff. Again, any questions or issues regarding
your return to work can be handled by the Construction Desk.
Finally, I want to reflect on the demonstrations that we have all witnessed in cities across
America over the past few days. The unconscionable act that precipitated these demonstrations
was brutal and our justice system must hold those responsible accountable. No one can
condone what we all saw and what's worse is that it has happened over and over. It is time that
this country addresses this problem with law enforcement, for African Americans and people of
color in particular but also for all of us who as Americans are guaranteed the right to life, liberty
and the pursuit of happiness. These are unalienable rights written into the Declaration of
Independence given to all humans by our creator and which governments were created to
People of good conscience all across America are demanding that these intolerable actions be
addressed. Furthermore, the violence and destruction we have witnessed by some is also
intolerable and cannot be justified. Inequality and racism is tearing at the heart of this country. It
is beyond time to address it, and it is my hope that we will come together now and make
meaningful strides toward real change and healing. I’m reminded of the words of Harry Van
Arsdale Jr. and I quote, “When are people going to join the human race?”
It is time to examine our consciences and to reflect on our pledge as citizens of this county to be
one nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all. This is who we are and who we
need to be. If not now, when?