Union workers at the World Trade Center entered today into their second day of protests. These union workers, have not been able to reach an agreement with the Cement League, a contractor' s association that represents management. The Building Trades Employers' Association is apparently bargaining with the strikers while concrete work on the World Trade Center has come to a halt. This action could lead promptly disrupt of functions on several other trades in about a week. Without concrete workers in the One World Trade Center, steel workers could represent the next group of workers that may also lead to a halt. Port Authority representatives have announced that even though, these problems might lead to some delays on the One World Trade Center, it will have no impact whatsoever on construction of the 9/11 Memorial. The 9/11 Memorial is expected to remain on track to open on the tenth anniversary of the attacks.
These union workers are present on the majority of projects throughout the state, but many contracts included a no-strike clause. The contract covering these workers expired on July 1, and many of them believe they are underpaid and overtime is not being paid adequately. As many as 10,000 union labors could be impacted by these contract conditions and many jobs could affront union workers strike.
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