In July 2017, the Northeast Regional Council of Carpenters (NRCC) began a campaign to raise awareness for the business and employment practices of Structure Tech, the subcontractor responsible for construction of the concrete super structure, on the new 37-story Park and Shore residential/retail development at 75 Park Lane in Jersey City.
NRCC members are conducting picketing activities outside of the Park and Shore job site to raise awareness to the fact that Structure Tech is failing to pay the area wage standards, health and retirement benefits to its workers and employing out-of-state workers on the Jersey City project. During the concrete super structure construction phase of the project, Structure Tech, based in Mount Vernon, NY, will not be using local labor and will be employing approximately 100 workers from outside of the State of New Jersey.
“Simply put, this is another example of a project that exploits middle class workers, uses cheap, non-local labor and banks on foreign investors for hundreds of millions of dollars in funding in exchange for U.S. visas,” said Bob Satriano, NRCC’s Director of Organizing. “Our organization fights every day to protect the wages, benefits and retirement of hardworking middle-class Americans and we want to raise awareness to just what’s going on behind the scenes on high-rise construction projects like this one in New Jersey and elsewhere throughout the country. Structure Tech is not paying area standard wages and not employing local Jersey City workers who have families here, spend money in the City and pay taxes to our State.”
The Park and Shore luxury development, near the Hudson River waterfront, is utilizing controversial EB-5 visa financing from overseas investors in order to build the project. Two years ago, Strategic Capital, the United States arm of Chinese State Construction Engineering Corporation, raised $110 million from the EB-5 program from 220 foreign investors for the development of the $442 million Park and Shore development. The EB-5 program offers visas to foreign investors who provide more than $500,000 to a development project that generates more than 10 jobs per investor.
Plaza Construction, the general contractor on the Park and Shore project, was charged in 2016 by the U.S. Department of Justice for fraud. The company was ordered to pay $9 million in fines and restitution. Read more about it here.
We encourage you to call the Jersey City Council at (201) 547-5204 to let them know about your opposition to this project.
On July 21, Gubernatorial Democratic candidate Phil Murphy joined the NRCC picket line to lend his support to Union carpenters and spoke about how New Jersey projects should be built by New Jersey residents.
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