Date: Aug 09, 2011
Press Release Number: 71-2011
The 3,500-member Construction and General Laborers Local 172 has officially endorsed the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey’s 10-year capital plan and toll restructuring, calling it a plan that will greatly benefit the 17-county area that the Port Authority serves.
Tony Capaccio, President and Business Manger of Local 172 calls described the Union’s support as an easy call given the region’s current and future needs. “While no one likes to see increases in tolls, the cost of inaction will be far greater to local residents and businesses. We already pay a cost when we sit on congested roads, rely on overburden transit systems, lose business because our ports can’t handle larger container ships, or remain vulnerable to decaying bridges and tunnels,” said Capaccio.
Capaccio called the Port Authority’s proposal a “’floss your teeth moment’ for the public. We all know the benefits of infrastructure investment as well as the costs if we don’t do anything,” said Capaccio. “I am confident that residents and local businesses will see the advantages of a safer, more modern and efficient transportation system and will support the Port Authority’s proposal.”
Laborers Local 172 is affiliated with the 500,000-member Laborers’ International Union of North America. Its members serve hundreds of contractor/employers in the region and specialize in road and bridge construction, utility pipeline installation, tunneling, and general construction.
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey
Steve Coleman or Ron Marsico, 212 435-7777