Dozens of members from Laborers Local Union 108, United Service Workers Union Local 339, and the International Union of Journeyman & Allied Trades Local 726 rallied against the Intro 495 bill.
NW&RA Leads the Way
National Waste & Recycling Association Chair Tom Toscano chaired the rally. (Toscano is also the CFO of a transfer station affected by Intro 495.)
Nearly 100 people participated in the rally. The City Council will hold a hearing to discuss the bill this week.
Opponents of the proposed legislation fear it will result in job losses in three boroughs. It's also a bill that labor and management have united in opposing.
Council Support in Manhattan ...
City Councilman Ben Kallos (District 5-Manhattan) spoke against the legislation.
... And Brooklyn
City Councilman Mark Treyger (District 47-Brooklyn) also stood with the business and labor groups at the rally.
Laborers Add Their Voice
Mike Hellstrom, Greater New York Metropolitan Area business manager & secretary-treasurer of the Local 108, outlined the union's opposition to the plan.
Rank and File Support
Miguel Martinez, a member of Local 108, talked about the importance of having a stable job with good wages in the waste and recycling industry.
NYCRA Joins the Effort
Ed Tretter, owner of 67 Burger in Park Slope and Fort Greene, Brooklyn, and a member of the New York City Restaurant Association also spoke at the rally.