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Moya Holds Rally at City Hall, Calls for Greater Safety Protections for Construction Workers

Council Member Moya at the Rally for Carlos’ Law (Council Member Francisco Moya Twitter)

April, 22, 2019 By Meghan Sackman

Council Member Francisco Moya gathered with other officials and labor leaders on Thursday to demand the passage of Carlos’ Law, state legislation that aims to protect the lives of construction workers from dangerous building sites.

Moya, along with Assembly Members Marcos Crespo and Carmen de la Rosa, Building Trades Council President Gary LaBarbera, and laborers, rallied on the steps of City Hall last week and called on Albany to pass Carlos’ Law

The legislation, written by then- Assembly Member Moya in 2015 and supported by late state Sen. Jose Peralta, was prompted by the death of 22-year-old Carlos Moncayo, who was buried alive on a construction site in Manhattan in 2015 while directed to perform illegal excavation work.

The company responsible for the tragedy, which was eventually found guilty of manslaughter and criminally negligent homicide, was only fined $10,000.

Carlos’ law would create class D and E felonies for developers whose negligence causes the death of a worker and raises the fine to $500,000.

The urgency for this bill resurfaced after three New York construction workers, Nelson Salinas, Erik Mendoza and Gregory Echevarria, died earlier this month as a result of working in unsafe construction related situations.

“Our skyline should not be built with the blood of workers or symbolize the tears of their families,” Moya said. “We cannot continue romanticizing the cruel sacrifices that construction workers are asked or forced to make.”

“State lawmakers must immediately pass Carlos’ Law to protect the workers who put their lives at risk on a daily basis in the name of progress.”

The bill has passed the Democratic-controlled Assembly twice in the past, but was stopped both times by the Senate, where Republicans were in the majority. Both chambers are now controlled by the Democrats.

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6 Comments

Anonymous

undocumented workers who pose as “union” workers don’t deserve the same rights. but this is New York-a sanctuary welfare state where undocumented workers and their enormous families are fed and housed-given health insurance-work off the books (like these workers) and their children are eligible for free tuition to college.

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Sara Ross

You mean the majority of construction workers who are using the hard hats of union workers, who don’t speak English (at least I’ve never heard it and I work downtown where there’s construction on every freakin block) and they don’t take OSHA safety classes the way union workers are required to do? Every time there’s an accident and a construction worker gets killed, they’re always from some other country. Protect union workers.

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Crackson Heights

Proud union worker here. But how do we suppose we do that when racist bigoted people vote against their own self interest ? I don’t exactly see GOP representatives at union rallies.

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Random guy

He should hold a rally for safer and cleaner streets .
Add more police officers on foot patrol.

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Crackson Heights

Where is the planet ileagal located ?

If it’s union labor they are not ILLEGAL aliens they cannot hold a union card without a social security that matches their name. There is an actual shortage of laborers because they can’t find AMERICANs willing to do such hard work because it’s beneath them and also they can’t hire undocumented workers willing to to do the job because they don’t have a social security. So how bout you either pick up a shovel or blow it out your ass.

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