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Labor Union 32BJ agree to sketchy deal with Mayor de Blasio

Deal gave the union’s members employment in affordable-housing project.

(Credit: BuildingFamilesNYC)

Labor Union 32BJ and the city agreed to a deal in the Spring of 2017, which finally came to light in Crain’s yesterday.

The arrangement: The Mayor guaranteed 32BJ’s members employment in affordable-housing projects totaling thousands of units across the five boroughs. In return, members of the union showed up at public hearings during the next year to support the rezoning of up to 15 neighborhoods.

Why it matters: Union workers are guaranteed prevailing wage (essentially union pay), which can be up to 25 percent more expensive than non-union wages. 

Worth Noting: The benefit secured by 32BJ has largely eluded building construction unions because the mayor opposes mandating prevailing wages for affordable-housing projects, arguing that the added cost would result in fewer units being built.

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