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Labor pressures city to make all Domino Sugar refinery site workers unionize

A group of labor workers are demanding all workers on the proposed Domino Sugar refinery site be paid union wages.

domino sugar factory One of the renderings depicts the residential towers from the vantage point of the proposed riverfront park space.
Credit: SH0P Architects and James Corner Field Operations

Days after the city announced that it had reached an agreement with developers on the Domino Sugar refinery site in Williamsburg, a group of union members is demanding that all workers be paid union wages.

The New York Daily News reported on Wednesday that members of Local 46 of the Metallic Lathers Union plan to pressure the city council and the planning commission, both of which must approve the project.


The union and allies plan to attend a planning commission hearing Wednesday morning, as well as an as-yet unscheduled council hearing.

The agreement released Monday evening ensures that Two Trees Management would include about 700 permanently affordable apartments on the 11-acre property, which is expected to comprise 2,300 apartments.

A spokesman for Two Trees told the Daily News that the company is supportive of unionized labor, and a spokesman for Mayor Bill de Blasio indicated that the conversation to ensure "the maximum number of good-paying jobs" is ongoing.

The project is scheduled to begin construction in December.

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