2015-01-21 / Features

Constantinides’, Build Up NYC’s Learning Day


A Learning Day was organized by Councilmember Costa Constantinides and Build Up NYC for the community to explore potential new career opportunities in construction, building operations, security, and hospitality. A Learning Day was organized by Councilmember Costa Constantinides and Build Up NYC for the community to explore potential new career opportunities in construction, building operations, security, and hospitality. Hundreds gathered at P.S. 85 in Astoria on the evening of January 14 for a Learning Day organized by Councilmember Costa Constantinides and Build Up NYC for the community to explore potential new career opportunities in construction, building operations, security, and hospitality.

Representatives from construction preapprenticeship and apprenticeship programs, 32BJ SEIU and the Hotel Trades Council were on hand to answer questions about work in their industries. These programs not only bring new workers into unions, but also allow for workers to learn how to safely do their work in order to avoid injury to themselves and others around them.

The event comes in light of the city’s approval of Alma Realty’s Astoria Cove project, a 1,700-unit residential and retail project slated to be built in the neighborhood.

Gary LaBarbera, president of Build Up NYC said, “We are pleased to bring valuable information to Astoria about programs available in the building trades, hotel trades, and building operations and maintenance that teach workers how to do their jobs right. As our city skyline continues to transform, we must ensure that good jobs are made available for working families, and Build Up NYC is committed to making sure those jobs are ones that lift and keep communities in the middle class.”

Constantinides said, “I was happy to see the community turn out for Astoria Cove Learning Day to get information on jobs that will become available at the upcoming development. One of the issues that we made sure to address in the agreement on Astoria Cove was to ensure that there would be good job opportunities at the development and that the workers would be able to afford to live in this community. I thank Build Up NYC, Urban Upbound, and all the groups that worked to organize this event and I thank all who attended.”

“This was a great event,” said Carol Wilkins, president of the Ravenswood Residents Association. “I was happy to see so many unions that wanted to come out and do outreach into our communities. This is a great start to building the relationships we need to make sure we have good jobs and affordable housing in our community.”

Build Up NYC is an alliance of working men and women committed to responsible real estate development and good jobs that sustain the middle class and level the playing field for responsible employers.

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