Look For The Union Label

Saw this, this morning, thought it was pretty cool:

10 years worth of work and still not finished, yep, a union job. On the video it is hard to spot the 4 supervisor/1 worker ratio, but it’s there. The plan is to get it done before the 10 year anniversary dedication in about 2 weeks, nothing that a little over time money can’t cure.

Unions have come a long way over the years. Remember when they were actually a good thing? I can.

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  1. Miguelito

    By contrast, the towers themselves took far less time to actually build…
    From wikipedia:

    Demolition work began on March 21, 1966, to clear thirteen square blocks of low rise buildings in Radio Row for construction of the World Trade Center.[41] Groundbreaking for the construction of the World Trade Center took place on August 5, 1966.

    The first tenants moved into the North Tower in December 1970; the South Tower accepted tenants in January 1972

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  2. CzarChasm

    The plan is to get it done before the 10 year anniversary dedication in about 2 weeks, nothing that a little over time money can’t cure.

    We watched a thing on Discovery HD last night about the project, and they clearly stated that the goal was to have 1,000 feet completed by the 10th anniversary, not the whole 1,700+ foot finished structure. I don’t think it was known at the time of going into post-production whether that 1,000 foot goal was going to be reached.

    And while I am no union guy, I can just about guarantee that the original WTC was built by union workers too, and that the fact that unions are still involved has next to nothing to do with the delays. It’s more about bureaucratic snags, over-regulation, cost considerations and to some degree, political disputes over some of the memorials that were designed into the grounds.

    I/m all about slamming unions when it’s appropriate, but all the workers I’ve seen quoted are rearin’ to go and are pissed off at the delays. I just think blaming them in this instance is misplaced.

    CC

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  3. hist_ed

    This is a national embarrassment. Instead of this dippy memorial we should have rebuilt the towers, exactly as they were before, in all their huge ice cube tray glory, only taller. And it should have been done five years ago.

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