Building in NYC Without Unions

Well, it is almost unbelievable that a developer has managed to do this in NYC:

Much of the work at River Lofts and virtually all of it at 60 Spring Street and several other projects has been done without union labor, and this has put Mr. Boymelgreen on a collision course with the city's construction unions.

Union members have held almost daily rallies outside 15 Broad Street -sometimes setting up a large inflatable rat - and during a recent interview they could be heard chanting outside. Mr. Boymelgreen said he decided to handle the conversion of 15 Broad Street without union labor for the simple reason that it was cheaper that way and it allowed him to bring his condos to market at a more competitive price.

But pressure from the unions has clearly taken a toll. Mr. Boymelgreen says union protestors have threatened his workers. He accuses them of putting sugar in gas tanks and pouring cement down sewers. He says a bulldozer was stolen from the River Lofts site, and another disappeared from a construction site in Brooklyn. But he has done business with union contractors on some of his projects. Most notable is the building at 88 Leonard Street, an all-union job where work has begun on the foundation.

Edward J. Malloy, the president of the Building and Construction Trades Council of Greater New York, said he was unaware of any interference by union workers with Mr. Boymelgreen's projects. He said he hopes the two sides can work out their differences. "He is a major new player in real estate in New York City," Mr. Malloy said. "We would like to just hopefully convince him that building union has more positives than doing the work the way it's being done today."

While it's easy enough to read between his lines, how can the reporter, William Neuman, print Mr. Malloy's words without remarking about Malloy's flagrant dishonesty?

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