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    :: Wednesday, January 09, 2008 ::

    NY Carpenters' Union Embraces Immigrant Organizing - By Tiffany Ten Eyck, Labor Notes via AlterNet
    On 18th Street in Manhattan this June, a typical scene unfolded: 30 unionized carpenters picketed outside a non-union construction project where workers were preparing to pour concrete for the foundation of a new condominium.

    But what happened next could portend a new phase in the acrimonious relationship between immigrant workers and the building trades. Amidst applause and cheers of 'come out!' from their union counterparts, 15 non-union immigrant workers walked off the job, knowing they'd never be able to return.

    Walk-out participant Shavan Agard, an immigrant from Ghana who's worked construction jobs in the New York area for more than two years, said workers were tired of being promised one wage and earning another. The choice to walk off, he said, boiled down to the day-to-day realities of working for non-union construction.
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