AFL-CIO sign on union headquarters building in Washington, D.C.

Labor Unions Fight for Affordable Housing

Workers find it increasingly difficult to access affordable housing near their jobs.

February 19, 2024 - The Guardian

Several office towers are under construction next to a freeway in Burlingame, California.

Union Shakeup Could Have Implications for California Housing Policy

One of the most powerful opponents to California’s YIMBY legislators, the Trades union of building and construction workers, is under new leadership. Some observers speculate that the change could indicate a new era of development politics.

July 19, 2023 - Politico


Special Permits Could Be Required for Hotel Development in New York City

Mayor Bill de Blasio is pushing ahead with a controversial approval step for hotel development, despite the warnings of city budget office staff about the long-term consequences of the move.

April 29, 2021 - The New York Times

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California Unions Voice Strong Opposition to Housing Bills

Trades groups demanded provisions in housing bills that ultimately will stymie the construction of much-needed affordable housing in the state.

August 31, 2020 - San Francisco Chronicle

New York City Hotel

Small Hotels a Non-Starter After Zoning Change in New York City

A local labor organization wanted larger hotels to help workers create unions, so they sought a zoning change to make it harder to develop smaller hotels in light manufacturing zones.

July 17, 2019 - The Real Deal

New York Construction

Scoop: NYC Never Disclosed Union Deal That Helped Secure Rezonings

Developers are finding out too late that they're required to pay union members a prevailing wages on projects in rezoned parts of New York City.

February 8, 2019 - Crain's New York Business

Amazon Warehouse

Amazon Holding Down Wages for Warehouse Employees in Small Towns

Small cities around the country with high unemployment are desperate for jobs, but when an Amazon distribution center moves into town, it's not all good news.

February 7, 2018 - The Atlantic

New York Department of Sanitation

Private Garbage Collections a Deadly Business for Employees and Pedestrians

Tired drivers working long hours in damaged trucks makes private garbage collection a dangerous business.

January 8, 2018 - Pro Publica

Uber Driver

For Uber, Lawsuits in Seattle and New York Drag On

The transportation network company is facing an ongoing legal battle over its drivers’ right to unionize in Seattle and an antitrust lawsuit in New York.

April 15, 2017 - Pacific Standard

Uber Protest

Uber Files Lawsuit Against Seattle Over Unionization

Uber kicks off its 'Year of the Driver' by suing the city of Seattle for allowing its drivers to unionize.

February 10, 2017 - The Verge

Construction Site in New York City

de Blasio Balancing Act Puts Manufacturing Jobs, Hotel Industry Interest in the Balance

The New York Times reports details about the de Blasio Administration's negotiations concerning land use regulations that will impact industrial and hotel business. With a re-election campaign looming in 2017, the story reveals a lot about the politi

December 18, 2016 - The New York Times

Detroit Bus Drivers Union in Dispute Over Regional Transit Expansion

Detroit Department of Transportation drivers are mobilizing against a plan to expand regional service on the SMART system. Supporters say the proposed changes are for the benefit of commuters.

January 6, 2016 - Detroit Free Press

Sprawl vs. Unions

The three very different stories of the building trades in Atlanta, Denver, and Portland show just how much urban development patterns affect workers.

February 6, 2015 - Shelterforce

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