Workers at US Infrastructure Corporation (USIC), who mark the streets for Con Edison and National Grid before they dig, voted in February overwhelmingly, 113-57, in favor of remaining members CWA Local 1101.
The employer recently launched a vicious anti-union campaign aimed at intimidating workers that continued right up until election. USIC workers are currently paid only $17-per-hour while the company refuses to negotiate a living wage. Meanwhile, CWA has successfully lobbied in New York City to include USIC workers under the “prevailing wage” laws, which would mean a life-changing pay increase to $45-per-hour.
Although the New York City Comptroller agrees with CWA and has ordered USIC to pay prevailing wage, the company has appealed. Councilmember Brad Lander has promised now to introduce legislation to mandate that USIC pay the prevailing wage.
Many elected leaders came out to strongly support our USIC members, including Congresswomen Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, New York State Senator and Labor Committee Chair Jessica Ramos, and New York City Councilmember Brad Lander.