The New York Wheel and Empire Outlets, a project approved for development in Staten Island New York and which is estimated to draw millions a visitors a year along with millions in revenue has received full council support for 100 percent union labor.
This momentous announcement is a victory for the organized labor force who contented that unionized employees in a development of this scale is beneficial for both the attraction and the anticipated hundreds of jobs it will create. There are several labor organizations that will be included across the spectrum of skilled employees who will have the chance to acquire fair employment. These organizations include but are not limited to Nontraditional Employment for Women, a non-profit organization which identifies women who are interested in careers in the building and construction trades and Helmets to Hardhats, a non-profit organization which identifies veterans of the U.S. Armed Services also interested in careers in the building and construction trades.
With the support of Councilwoman Debbie Rose and Speaker Christine Quinn these elements of an organized work force were not overlooked and became a major sticking point in passing this vote. The communication and support provided by councilwoman Rose and speaker Quinn helped push along the agenda of revitalizing the stagnant Staten Island employment rate and help boost New York revenue altogether.
Directly and positively affecting Local 272, the Garage Employees Union, is the approximate on-site parking that will be available upon the project's completion. Further the plan to have accessible shuttle buses available during and after construction will be manned by Local 272 members with the possible involvement of NYC parking operators. Matthew Bruccoleri, the Business Manager and Secretary Treasurer of Local 272, whose direct involvement in these negotiations, aided in this development not bypassing these essential necessities of travel and parking accommodations.
As Mr. Bruccoleri noted “Our involvement in these political negotiations should not be lacking, especially in projects of this magnitude.” He further highlighted the need for the local's involvement from the project's inception, “Local 272 needs to stake a claim in the political process. Our members need to have the opportunities in potential new employment and we can’t afford to find ourselves looking back and asking why weren’t we involved.”