Unions Kick Sand at Weakened Mayor

While the mayor regains his balance after those bruising re-election returns, the city’s unions have started swinging.

On Monday, the building services workers union SEIU 32BJ introduced a bill that would guarantee a prevailing wage–which is higher than minimum wage–for all union employees on projects that receive any city money. The City Council seems sympathetic, as Eliot Brown reports. At yesterday’s zoning committee hearing on the Kingsbridge Armory, councilmembers peppered the administration and the developer with questions about a living wage.

The mayor says the city shouldn’t be mandating wages for private projects, and the administration appears ready to stand and fight on behalf of the real estate industry.

Speaking to reporters Tuesday, Bob Lieber, deputy mayor for economic development, became agitated after repeated questions from reporters about living wages, which followed an hour of questions from the Council. “Mandatory wage requirements,” he said bluntly, “Scare. Tenants. Away.”

 

Unions Kick Sand at Weakened Mayor